Finding true love once seems like a difficult task. We meet many people, date so many individuals, sometimes even marry more than once in order to find “the one”. Some find their soulmate, some don’t. But some people are lucky enough to experience real love twice. Though it sounds a little unusual, it is possible, like this couple from Canada shows us.
According to Times Colonist, Brayden Faganello and Laura Hart Faganello met each other as penpals. The two were living in two ends of the world — Laura in Brussels, Belgium and Brayden in South Africa. After knowing each other for almost year, they decided to meet in person in Victoria. The two fell in love and eventually decided to get married in 2016. The couple were enjoying their blissful marital life until one day their lives turned upside, just nine months into their
In April 2017, Laura met with an accident. She was setting a business event when a pole fell on her head resulting in a traumatic brain injury. The accident changed everything about her. She was no longer the old accomplished, confident and funny person everyone knew her as. “She was always down and sad and in constant pain and sick,” said 25-year-old Brayden.
As the symptoms worsened, her husband was hit with the worst nightmare. The love of his life could no longer remember her past. She woke up every day thinking it was three years earlier, when she was 17 and living in Belgium. She forgot she was married and her husband became just another stranger.
“It was heartbreaking, trying to go from giggling and having a great time together, to she has no idea who I am and she’s scared when I say ‘have a good day, I love you’ —just that phrase,” said the husband, as reported by Goalcast.
Brayden loved his wife dearly and was devastated. Though he was completely erased from her memory, he stuck with her. “It was absolutely heartbreaking, especially as we were still so newlywed. It shredded me to bits having that total broken heart,” said Brayden to Times Colonist.
Since they had financial problems, they couldn’t live separately. So they stayed together, but it was like two roommates staying together. “I felt completely trapped in the life I was living. Waking up in my bed and I had no idea who he was,” said the 23-year-old woman.
Though she remained cold and distant, Brayden was not ready to give up on her. “I had this feeling that things would be OK as long as I tried to understand her and if I could just keep working at it and loving her,” said Brayden. Day after day, Brayden tried, and slowly, he turned into a friend from a stranger. “I went from being a stranger to a buddy, and we slowly transitioned that way. If I saw her smiling one day, that was a big win. I was always looking for small wins and accomplishments that could push a little bit of hope into the next day,” said the determined young man. He sent her notes of encouragement and love and tried to win her over.
As their relationship progressed into a friendship, Laura began noticing Brayden’s patient and caring side. She wanted to know her roommate and decided to ask him on a date. “I went to Brayden and I said I can’t be in a marriage that I don’t remember, but I want to remember you,” said Laura. “I want to know you. So I asked him out on a date.”
Soon, the couple fell in love, all over again. On Aug. 19, Brayden took Laura to three locations that were significant to their relationship in the past and read out a letter that detailed its importance. And that was where he popped the question. “On Aug. 19, he proposed to me, again, and I said yes, again,” said Laura.
The couple is all set to tie the knot again, on their fourth wedding anniversary i.e. July 15, 2020. “I’ve learned love is not something you get once and you can just bank on it. It’s something you need to persist at and work at every day. I chose to work at it and she chose to love me again. Love is a choice, but it needs to be nurtured,” said the woman who had the chance to fall in love, all over again.