In August 2015, I met the love of my life, Ivan. His quirky and geeky personality sparked my interest, and we hit it off, making us an official long distance couple on August 23rd, 2015. For almost two years, we have survived the distance gap: he in New York, and I in Florida. Texting and Skyping at every opportunity, our love kept growing. Our love has flourished in even the darkest times of our lives. We have always stayed true and strong regardless of distance, but with our love growing so rapidly, our want to be together grew along with it.
So on June 17th, 2017, We finally met in person and spent an entire week together, and we have both decided to be together permanently.
Get to know Us:
Ivan was born with Albright Syndrome which has caused him to have over two dozen fractures in his arms and legs, as well as over a dozen surgeries. This led to him having metal rods in his legs and horrible pain every day of his life. He relies on his walker to walk, and uses special shoes because his surgeries left his legs uneven in length.
Ivan spent the majority of his childhood and teenage life in hospitals, suffering from his weak bones and many fractures and leaving him with no real friends.
Despite his disability, he is a bright, smart, and hard working man who never gives up. He is going to graduate college and plans on going to one of the top law schools in the nation.
Rachael grew up in a broken home. Fighting never stopped. She was the fat kid at her school and was severely bullied by students for it. The bullying was horrible, there were kids who would spit on her and tell her to kill herself, and teachers, who would sit her alone at a table they called the "Losers Table." She was alone and would return home only to isolate herself in her room. The bullying and isolation caused her to develop long term Bi-Polar Depression and severe Anxiety.
But, the love of photography grew into a passion and dream of hers. She wanted to become a portrait photographer, but alone in her room, and without friends or family to help, she decided to use her pets, along with nature, as models. She and Ivan now own a small photography business, called PorceLight Photography, which is stunted by their separation from each other.
After years of feeling unloved and unwanted, we stumbled across each other, and we felt fireworks. Ever since then, we have become inseparable, especially after meeting for the first time. We tend to be on skype upwards of 6 hours a day, sometimes even going to 15 hours. We even sleep on skype together to be closer to each other.
As a victim of such cruel bullying, and going home to a father who bullied me as well and showed favoritism to my older sister, I never got to blossom, I never got to live my life to the fullest. I was always held back because I felt like my life was not worth living, like I was not good enough.
Then I met Ivan, and everything changed. He believed in me when no one else did. He brought me out of the darkness that I had been in my entire life. He has shown me that I am so much more than what I believe, and what other people believe. He's been my rock, my hope, and my happiness since day one, and I have been his.
Please, help us reach each other. Help me get to New York so I can be with the love of my life, the one person who has saved me from the depression and self-hate that has been consuming me for years.
You will not only be bringing me to the love of my life, you will also be helping me achieve my dream of being a portrait photographer and helping my young photography business, PorceLight Photography.
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