Lindsay and Ryan

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How We Met

Ryan and I (Lindsay) had met during high school through mutual friends. He had a huge crush on me and made sure I knew it every day, but I was in another relationship. As he was busy pursuing his dreams of becoming a professional motocross rider, it wasn’t in our cards to be together. This is where our story becomes a true demonstration of fate and hidden blessings. A few years later, our hearts were drawn together. At the age of 17, Ryan became paralyzed from the waist down after crashing his dirt bike during practice. He spent two months in the hospital, working on strengthening his body and learning how to adjust to his new life.

I began visiting the hospital just a few short days after his injury, and you could say that the rest is history! I felt some sort of unexplainable pull and need to be by his side. As for Ryan, all of his hard work had finally paid off! After that point, I knew there was no way I could ever leave his side. I always said that I never believed in fate, but I have no other explanation for how things turned out. Over the past five and a half years, we have been there for each other through many things that most couples don’t ever have to experience. We have learned what it means to be there for one another “through sickness and in health” before any vows were ever said. We knew that the strength of our relationship was undeniable.

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how they asked

Every year, we go on a cruise to celebrate his birthday in January. We had everything planned for this year, when unfortunately I got injured the day after Christmas. I am a registered nurse in an intensive care unit and herniated two discs in my back while turning a patient. After going to the emergency department, I was immediately admitted and had surgery the day before New Year’s Eve. Unbeknownst to me, Ryan had been planning to propose on our trip for over a month, and was losing his mind at the thought of the trip being canceled. With the permission of my surgeon and strong-willed dedication, we were able to attend our trip as scheduled!

On a Thursday night, we went to a late night comedy club on the cruise ship. The comedian started the show by asking if anyone had anything they were celebrating. Ryan started going crazy and yelling to get his attention. As we had gone on the trip for his birthday, this was not alarming to me. When the comedian called on him, he made his way to the stage. He told the comedian that he would like his girlfriend to come up to the stage as well, and when I got to the stage I received the surprise of a lifetime! Ryan pulled out a little black box and asked me to marry him. Of course, I couldn’t wait to say YES!!

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