Children born with a rare disease usually feel isolated and sad. Friends of the same age don’t understand what they are going through, and this brings a great feeling of loneliness. Fortunately, Cameron and Emily had each other’s support… these two were hospitalized together when they were just 4-years-old. Now, they reunited and married 20 years later!
In 1995, Cameron and Emily were admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Both had a rare condition called bladder exstrophy. Although they came from different states, the two 4-year-olds built a very strong bond. They became friends quickly, and have maintained that relationship over the years.
Eventually, the relationship evolved and they both fell in love. When the teenagers were in high school, they already knew they wanted to be together forever. However, as they were from different states, Emily and Cameron maintained a long-distance relationship for several years. No one thought that their love would last… but they were mistaken!
“In 2006, after many years of friendship, we fell in love. I might argue I fell in love with Cameron in 1995, the first time he kissed me at the Ronald McDonald House. Our love was endless, relentless even. People thought we were foolish through high school in a long-distance relationship, counting down the moments until we could start our lives together. We proved each of them wrong“, says Emily.
On November 21, 2012, Cameron asked his girlfriend to marry him. In 2015, they had the wedding of their dreams, bought a house and had what they had wanted for so long: a life together!
A few months later, they discovered that the family would increase: they were expecting a baby. However, there was a concern that didn’t leave their minds:
“As any new parents, the questions came. Especially that lingering question we couldn’t ignore: ‘Would our baby have bladder exstrophy?’, said the woman. Fortunately, after performing an ultrasound, the doctors gave the good news to the couple… the baby was completely healthy. A few months later, the parents welcomed Everleigh Grace, their beloved daughter. Now, they can say the family is complete!
Although they suffered a lot when they were kids, Emily and Cameron wouldn’t change their story for anything in this world. “Although there were times when I wondered why Cameron and I were chosen to endure the pain that accompanies bladder exstrophy, I now understand. I would relive it 100 times over, to be rewarded with this crazy, beautiful life, alongside my incredible husband and beautiful baby girl.”
This story is a proof everything that happens to us, good or bad, happens for a reason. And the love of these two is undoubtedly a wonderful reason!
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Source: Little Things