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It was one year ago, late August of 2008. The week after my ex broke up with me (Camille), I dearly wanted a Catholic friend(s) to share my religion. I wanted someone I could find consolation in. I unintentionally found CatholicMatch.com. Being the curious woman I am, I decided to try it out.

After months of searching, believing I had read every profile within the U.S., I hadn’t met anyone I was interested in. I decided to search outside the States, not giving any credence to the thought that my match couldn’t possibly be that far away. By this time, I was doubting my match was on Catholic Match, so I was really reading them to pass the time. Amazingly enough, I clicked on Adam who WAS outside the U.S. (Canada) and once I clicked on him he couldn’t bug off ;-)

To give this story more meaning, let me say that I have a few medical conditions which prevented me from being very independent. Since I was three days old, I am told I have suffered from epilepsy. The seizures only became worse and more frequent as I got older, to the point I was being rushed to the hospital. On 1/15/03 my parents, doctors and I decided the way to go was for me to have brain surgery. I was told before the surgery that in order for it to be a success I would have to sacrifice some of my left peripheral vision in both eyes. I gladly agreed. I would later out it wasn’t "some" of my left peripheral that was now gone but “all.”

When I finally became conscious, my whole life style and world had changed for me I was much more seizure free, but not completely. Still having seizures made high school hard, but the sudden and unexpected amount of vision loss caused some traumatic stress. I would have nightmares about still being in the hospital, and I am still learning how to accept the traumatic change. I did attend college for a couple years, but was only being able to take one or two classes per semester because of the complications of the vision loss and seizures. I didn’t know the vision loss had side effects as well. I was later told that it caused short term memory loss, and I would become very direction-challenged, focusing, and taking on more than four tasks at a time was much more challenging. After the surgery my memory shot up the charts, then went WAY down cause of the vision side effect.

I am now 21 I have two part-time jobs. I am not able to drive, but ironically enough, my fiance's job requires him to do much driving. He is a class one trucker for a rental company. He says he LOVES driving!

We first started talking in March ‘08. My family and I where in the middle of moving to TX as well as I and my brother and sister where finishing the semester of college. After moving, Adam came to meet me for the first time. The first thing we did was say a rosary. He convinced my parents to continue to allow us to meet the following spring. Later, with my parents blessing he proposed on my birthday, all because of Catholic Match.

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12 Comments

  1. Sue-340815 September 1, 2009

    Camille- having some physical challenges myself, I am really inspired by your story and find hope in the fact that you and Adam found each despite numerous obstacles. I've always known that with God's Love, anything is possible but it's always wonderful seeing how it plays out in people's lives! May God continue to Bless you both!!
    Sue

  2. Maryjane-408997 September 3, 2009

    God bless you both. I am so happy for you. May you continue your journey together. God is wonderful. He always has something special for all of us. Jesus, now and forever.
    Maryjane

  3. Matt-342571 September 7, 2009

    A heart-warming story indeed Camille. Congratulations on keeping your faith and not giving up, and to Adam for "not bugging off" as you say! Here's hoping and praying you have many happy years together!

  4. Juli-369533 September 8, 2009

    Camille, I'm so happy you and Adam found one another. Since my epilepsy started at 14 years of age, I've come to understand the challenges that come with it. Over time, I've come to see it as a gift. Twenty-five years later, I am focused on getting that driver's license and getting a second degree. Anything is possible through the Lord. He granted me the gift of perserverence and patience. May God bless your commitment of love for years to come. Juli

  5. Jenny-440074 September 9, 2009

    [quote]Many Blessings In Your lives Journey

  6. Steve-235244 September 10, 2009

    Adam & Camille,
    Thanks for sharing your story! It was nice to read it. The very best wishes for a blazing, bright future, oh and Adam KEEP ON TRUCKIN' . Hmmm, I can check that one off the list.
    Many Blessings,
    Steve

  7. Diane-481644 September 23, 2009

    I love that story. It gives hope to people and a happy feeling for this couple. I hope that you have the best marriage.
    Sincerely,
    Diane

  8. Monica-280208 September 24, 2009

    How beautiful! I wish you two only the best!
    Monica

  9. Mary-413742 September 26, 2009

    YOur article gave me so much hope. I have multiple medical conditions, primarily complications from severe osteoarthritis and a vestibular loss. I keep thinking; "Who is going to want to get involved with a woman who walks with a cane, has had 8 surgereis in the past 9 years, and is off-balance at times?"
    Then I read your Success Story, and realized that God may have someone special out there for me. I just have to be more patient.

  10. Diane-481644 September 27, 2009

    CAMILLE,
    HI! I CAN'T E-MAIL YET ON THIS SITE, BUT I WANTED TO WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK. SOMETIMES THINGS HAPPEN IN WAYS THAT WE CAN'T IMAGINE. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHERE LIFE WILL TAKE YOU. GOD BLESS YOU BOTH!

  11. Mary-188515 September 28, 2009

    I'm so happy for you!!! God is good! I've had two brain surgeries due to brain tumors myself, though you'd never know it now (4 years later). I am healed. Some medical issues remain but I am truly blessed to be alive and in such good health. Sometimes I wonder whether I will meet someone who can handle it, but with God all things are possible. You and I are living proof. Thanks for sharing your story!!!!

  12. Liza-565242 April 5, 2010

    I'm so happy for you. Thank you for sharing this story.

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