'When you can tell your story and it doesn't make you cry, you know you are healing.'

- unknown.



When meeting somebody new, I never know how to introduce myself, let's face it, sooner or later they are going to realise I am engaged to a double amputee. I can't just suffice them with 'my partner is constantly legless' because questions will be asked and my humour misunderstood. Then comes to working out if they want the long version or the short version of how this happened. But, by starting a new job and getting more questions asked, I've been able to share a lot about the good and the bad, but I haven't shared much about our future.

Jacob spent 699 days living in hospital and had spent 832 days learning to walk on prosthetics, learning how to live a normal life and working out what he wants to make of it before he managed to get himself a job.

We've both been fortunate to be able to start a new beginning together this year, but it's the next stages of our lives which will prove to be a challenge. Our long term goals are to be able to save for a deposit for our own home and to make our dream wedding a reality. We now know what we want, it's just trudging our way through all the challenges to make these come true, no matter how long this takes. Four years of our lives have been invested in this life changing experience, so I am sure patience can be endured.

We've struggled a lot with this whole chapter of our lives and it's certainly been unexpected, but you just have to take what you're given and learn to adapt. Men's best successes come after their disappointment.
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