This story is truly incredible.
Laura and Brayden Faganello look like your usual happy couple but their relationship hasn’t always been the easiest.
The couple met and fell in love three years ago and go beyond proving that ‘if it’s meant to be, it will be’.
Sometimes, things such as distance, time or circumstances can separate us from our loved one.. but memory loss, is the hardest one to combat of them all.
It was back in 2016 that Laura met Brayden. Heartbreakingly.. three years later, Laura had no idea who Brayden even was.
After the happy couple has met,9 months later they tied the knot but then the worst thing possible happened.
“A local wedding design/coordinator company hired me for the day to help set up an event. We were outside decorating the big event tent, but the company was running late and didn’t have the tent walls up. The wind was insane that day, everything was flying everywhere and shattering. Because everything was running late, there wasn’t a lot of care put into the safety measures.
I was tasked with decorating the tables, so as I was arranging that I heard a gasp from the girls facing me. I looked up, and then heard (and definitely felt!) a loud thump on my head. A large pole (one that took two ladies to set up as it was so heavy and tall) had dislodged in the wind and fell right onto my head. My last clear thought was “that isn’t good….” After that, everything went fuzzy”
Laura woke up from the terrible accident with memories of when she was only 17 years old. Every single memory of falling in love and marrying Brayden had disappeared. How awful?
“Before the accident, I was one year away from graduating university. After the accident, I struggled to read, write, and speak coherent sentences, and my damaged short term memory caused me to forget everything I read within moments. I had to drop out of school.
My pain levels were intense with absolutely no breaks for the first two years; I literally carried an airplane barf bag in my purse everywhere I went. The absolute worst part, though, was the memory loss. I would wake up and scream out of fear because I had no idea who my husband was. I would dread him coming home from work every day because then I would need to make small talk with him, just like you would with a stranger”
This is something no one could ever completely understand unless it’s happening to you… it would have been so scary to be married to someone you didn’t know. But Laura was determined to remember and never gave up on her marriage.
“At the start of this journey, Brayden was quite rough around the edges. He was overwhelmed by having a wife that was so dependent on him, who didn’t even know who he was. There were many nights I cried myself to sleep. Eventually, he made a conscious choice to change that. He started being more gentle, loving, and selfless with me.
He became my best friend as I started feeling like I could open up to him. We would go on endless drives, talking for hours. We binged The Office and Parks And Rec a million times. We could laugh for hours and not get tired of each other. I didn’t feel like I was in love with him, but I definitely liked him. So, I took off my rings, and I told him that I wanted to date him”
Coming to terms with the situation and promising to fall in love with Brayden again… she eventually started having feelings for him.
“Brayden started leaving me cute notes on my bedside table every morning. I started asking him on fun dates. We would talk on the phone on his breaks, and do everything people who are newly dating would do. One day, I realized that I had started missing him every moment we weren’t together. Then, I found myself bringing him up to everyone I talked to like a teenage girl with a crush does”
It took a whole two years for Laura to recover from the accident… Although it completely changed her life, she never stopped trying to go back to normal.
She fell for the man she once loved and although her memories are gone she can now make new ones… Laura added “I started to love him again. The process took a while, but it was so incredibly worth it.”