If you’ve watched The Vow you’re bound to know the challenges of going on with a relationship even when your partner keeps on literally forgetting your good times together due to a serious medical condition.
This is exactly what 25-year-old Richard Bishop from Essex went through when his girlfriend, Jessica Sharman, suddenly lost all her memory following a seizure last March.
Here’s a photo of the happy couple two months before the unfortunate incident.
According to Unilad, the 19-year-old Jessica was diagnosed with frontal lobe epilepsy back in 2010 which led to her seizure resulting in what doctors call retrograde amnesia.
Her condition was so bad that she didn’t even know her name. What’s worse was she wasn’t able to recognize her own parents. “I didn’t know what was going on. Momentary amnesia was normal for me after seizures. But an hour or so later I saw this woman running towards me I had no idea who she was. It was my mum, and I just stared at her blankly.” Jessica said.
“My world fell apart that day. I was faced with strangers claiming to be family, telling me things about myself that meant nothing to me,” she added.
Needless to say, Jessica also didn’t recognize Richard, who she already had an ongoing five-month relationship with prior to her memory loss.
“He was a stranger to me. Rich took me to what was supposedly our favorite park but I wouldn’t even walk next to him. When he held my hand I pulled away,” Jessica recalled.
For his part, Richard continued to show his affection for his girlfriend despite the odds of Jessica’s condition being a permanent one plus the possibility of a future seizure triggering another memory loss.
Jessica then decided to give Richard a chance and agreed to date him on the condition that this was no insurance that they would end up together again.
So far, Richard’s efforts have paid off since the couple is still together and stronger than ever 11 months later. We just hope Jessica’s condition improves and she doesn’t get any more memory-wiping seizures in the future.