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Justin Long Confronts Drew Barrymore
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Justin Long Confronts Drew Barrymore

Justin Long narrowly escaped death to only have girlfriend, Drew Barrymore, break up with him days later. What really happened between the two actors?

After a Breakup, She Wrote Her Name on a Dollar and Spent It  Years Later, It Came Back to Her From the Man She Would Marry
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After a Breakup, She Wrote Her Name on a Dollar and Spent It Years Later, It Came Back to Her From the Man She Would Marry

*Featured image contains photo by Jonathan BorbaPaul Grachan had been out on a few dates with Esther. Things just seemed to click, and he decided to make things more official and ask Esther to be his girlfriend. He called Esther and the two made dinner plans for the end of the week.The next day, Paul ran to the grocery store to pick up a few things. After bagging his groceries and taking his change from the clerk, which consisted of a few dollar bills, his next stop was a neighbourhood deli to pick up a sandwich for lunch. Paul remembers that otherwise unremarkable moment when he took out his wallet to pay for his sandwich. “I pulled out the couple bucks' change that I had gotten from the [grocery] store, handed the clerk one of the ones. And then I looked at it and I pulled it back.”He Decided to Keep the DollarPhoto by Karolina GrabowskaThat’s because, on the bill was written the name ‘Esther.’ He thought it was a sweet coincidence and decided to keep it. He thought it would be fun to give it to Esther and tell the story during their dinner on Friday. Later, he decided to go an extra step and frame the dollar bill. He bought a gold frame and wrapped it up."So it was floating in the middle on this piece of gold,” Paul recalls, “as if you're going to go in a church in Italy and they had a fragment from the robe of some saint or something like that. And I called it the Immaculate Dollar of Arlington Heights.” Paul thought it would be a fun way to provide a moment of connection before he asked Esther to be his girlfriend. He wasn’t expecting much more of a reaction than a smile.It Wasn’t the Reaction He Was Looking ForBut when Paul presented the framed dollar as a gift, Esther was speechless. Instead of smiling, she looked deeply worried. Paul tried to lighten the mood, explaining, “It’s a dollar bill with your name on it.” But to Esther, it was much more than that.But Esther wouldn’t explain. She waved it off, telling Paul that it was nothing, to remind her to tell him a story later. Paul just wanted to enjoy the moment with his new girlfriend, so he let it drop. The Dollar Bill ResurfacesIt would be several years before Paul saw the framed dollar bill again. Paul and Esther’s relationship had only gotten stronger. They got engaged and were married. One afternoon, as they were unpacking boxes in their new home, Paul found the photo frame wrapped in paper.Smiling to himself, he walked into the bedroom to find Esther. He held up the photo frame and said, “Hey, you never told me about this dollar. What’s the deal with that?” He remembered her concerned look the moment that he had given it to her.Esther knew that it was time to tell the story. She started slowly, “I knew that we were going to be married the day that you gave me this dollar bill.”The Dollar Bill That Defined Their LivesPhoto by Rodrigo Souza“It was pretty crazy,” Paul remembers. Esther went on to tell him that years before meeting him, she was coming out of a failed relationship. Rather than dwell on it, she decided upon a symbolic act that would help her move forward. She took a pencil and wrote her name on a few dollar bills. She spent them and imagined their journey through the world, saying to herself, “The guy that gets this dollar bill is going to be the guy that asks me to marry him.”Years later, when Paul presented her with one of those dollar bills in a gold frame, it took her breath away. In the moment, Esther froze, not wanting to say anything that would scare off her new boyfriend: “I didn't want to freak this guy out and be like, what, this girl's already talking about marriage?”But in her heart, Esther knew Paul was the one. And as destiny would have it, the two ended up in a serious relationship, eventually getting married.A Beautiful Symbol of ConnectionPaul says he’s not one to put much emphasis on coincidences, but the story of Esther’s dollar bill hit too close to home. “Now it just sits in that very same frame up on our dresser,” he says, “and I look at it every day that I wake up. Sometimes I remind her that we have it when she's upset at me or angry.”Esther agrees that the dollar bill makes her feel even more connected to her husband; she’s comfortable in the knowledge that Paul is her soulmate. The two have been married for almost 30 years.“I know I'm stuck with you,” Esther says to Paul. “You got this dollar bill.” The universe does indeed work in mysterious and wonderful ways.More from Goalcast:Woman Diagnosed With Rare Genetic Disorder Wonders if She’ll Ever Find Love – Then One Man Steps in With the AnswerVeteran Spends 70 Years Searching for the Lost Love of His Life – At 91, He Finally Finds Her

Woman Finds Out Her Lover Is 53 Years Old Pretending to Be a Young Model - Then, She Finds Love With the Real Man in the Photos
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Woman Finds Out Her Lover Is 53 Years Old Pretending to Be a Young Model - Then, She Finds Love With the Real Man in the Photos

We’ve all experienced the post-breakup rough spot where all feels pretty hopeless. It can be easy to give up on love and putting yourself out there again can seem like an impossible task.Back in 2015, Emma Perrier was dealing with a broken heart of her own, and like many of us in the throes of going through a breakup, she spent a few months hiding out at home and watching a lot of depressing and sappy movies.But then, she had had enough of wallowing. She decided to take a chance and get back out there, never expecting that she would be in for a wild ride.Emma Braved the World of Online Dating for the First TimePexels/ cottonbro studioBy now, most of us are aware of the difficulties of online dating. The world of Internet dating apps is broad, and not without danger at times. Emma was already suspicious of online dating apps. Rather than go for the notorious Tinder app, she settled on downloading the dating app Zoosk. The second “o” in the Zoosk logo looks like a diamond engagement ring, which is signaled that the app's demographic seemed interested more serious relationships than the casual hookups.Emma got started by taking the collection of selfies necessary when registering her profile to “verify her identity.” Meeting men was not easy for Emma, who worked long hours as a restaurant manager for a coffee shop. She was not a regular dweller at pubs and nightclubs either, which complicated things in her quest for love.She could do this. had just gone through a bad breakup. She was ready for what was next and so began her journey in the world of dating apps."I’m a romantic,” Emma told The Atlantic, two years later. “I love to love,” she said, in a thick French accent. “And I want to be loved too.”At First, It Seemed PromisingEmma was a pretty woman, and she got responses as soon as her profile was posted. And then, a private message from a dark-haired Italian man named Ronaldo “Ronnie” Scicluna, who reminded her of a high school crush. The message was blurred by the app, so she was not able to read it until she paid the fee.After discussing it with her sister, she finally paid the £25 ($34) subscription to Zoosk so she could open the message.Ronnie’s message simply said: “You look beautiful.”According to his profile, Ronnie was a 34-year-old electrician in England’s West Midlands, just 100 miles away from her own location. At First, She Didn’t Notice the Red FlagsWhat followed was a quick connection. Ronnie and Emma both worked blue collar jobs and were too lonely Europeans looking for a soulmate. In an effort to impress her, he sent her a few words in French, her native language. However, when Emma returned the favor by sending him a message in Italian, Ronnie did not understand it, which surprised her.In retrospect, that was a red flag.Ronnie and Emma moved their correspondence from Zoosk to WhatsApp, a free messaging app, where they would text daily as Emma commuted to work. She wondered how a handsome man like Ronnie could be so into her.I’m very natural. I mean, I’m nothing. I’m very simple you know ... so I was flattered.Emma Perrier in The Atlantic“You could easily have picked someone else,” Ronnie told her one day.“No.You’re the only one I wanted to talk to ... I paid because of you,” shereplied.“Assoon as I saw your picture I wanted you,” he wrote.“Makesme happy to know that,” Emma replied.The Only Problem Was, Ronnie Didn’t ExistRonaldo Scicluna was a fictional character created by AlanStanley, a short, balding, 53-year-old shop fitter.He created the persona as a way of protecting himself from rejection.“I was in a pretty lonely place,” he told The Atlantic. “I wasn’t feeling the most attractive of people, I might say. You know, I always struggled with self-confidence and ... I was going through a messy separation and I was just feeling like I needed somebody to talk to.”He used an image of a male model he found on Google to create hisfalse persona. “I’m always nervous about posting personal images of myself,” heexplained. “I just don’t like pictures of me. It goes back a long way, to behonest.” Emma’s profile was the first he saw. He was as captivated by her as she was by the fake version of him.Emma Was Being CatfishedPhoto by Andrea PiacquadioHis flirting with Emma soon progressed to late-night telephone calls. In October of 2015, she wrote how happy she had become since “meeting” him.“Areyou not usually happy, stinky?” he asked.“Iam,” she said, “but you changed something.”They both agreed to delete the dating app and Emma tried to push for an in-person date. But he kept on putting her off by using excuses.“It’shard to keep everyone happy,” Ronnie complained. “Dad loves me working andwants me to keep doing better. Mum wants me to quit. She worries about me. Myhealth. Stress. Dad thinks I handle it well.”“Ithink what you need is a [girlfriend] to look after you,” said Emma."Do you want to know why I started online dating?” she asked him one night. “Because I wanted to ... meet that someone and to start something with that someone ... not to have a broken heart ... which is even more painful when you have never met someone.”“Metoo,” said Ronnie. “We both want the same thing.”“Giveme a date then,” Emma wrote. “I will suit your availability.”Shewaited for his reply.“Idon’t think you realize how difficult it is for me to get time off,” he wrote.“Justa dinner to start with,” Emma begged. “I can do the travel ... then if theconnection is really there we will find a way.”“Doyou think it will be there?” he asked.“Ihave never been so sure.”“Doyou have faith in us?” he asked.“Itcould work perfectly well,” Emma wrote.“AndI love you,” he wrote.“AndI love you too,” she replied.Emma’scoworkers and friends kept asking why they never met her boyfriend, and Emmawas beginning to wonder what was going on too. Alan’s excuses were runningthin.Her Friends Made Her RealizePhoto by RDNE Stock projectOne night, Emma was at work, closing the restaurant with a Spanishwaiter named Abraham. Emma shared how she badly wanted to meet her mysteriousboyfriend. Abraham responded: “But Emma, the guy doesn’t want to meet you ...maybe it’s not even him.”Emmasaid they’d talked on the phone.Abrahamsaid her boyfriend was “probably an old man.”Then he said he’d heard about an app that could help.“He could be a psycho,” he addedSoon,Emma’s family recommended she stop talking to Ronnie. He had refused to meether after six months, they said. “I didn’t want to listen to them,” Emma said. Butone evening after work, she downloaded an app called Reverse Image Search as away of finding the original source of a profile photo.“Believeme I was scared to use it for the first time,” Emma said. She uploaded thephotograph of Ronnie wearing his leather jacket. Within seconds, she learnedthe man in the photo was a a model and actor from Turkey, called Adem Guzel. “Doyou have anything to tell me about Adem Guzel?” she wrote in a text message.“It is me,” Alan replied, thinking fast. Those were his modeling pictures, he said. He’d once used another name. “It was a long time ago,” he promised.Alan was still lying. “I would have lost someone that I really treasured,” he said.. But Emma said he needed to reveal himself through a FaceTime call. He categorically refused, saying FaceTiming was for kids.But Emma Had Problems Giving Up the FantasyPhoto by Austin Guevara“I couldn’t believe it because, you know ... when you talk to someone every day, and you share your life ... he was my confidente,” Emma said.She eventually discovered Alan’s true identity when he accidentally sent an email using his real name. She started to investigate. “Iknew,” Emma said. She typed Alan’s email address into Google.Right then, she found everything she needed to know. “Everything, everything,” she sighed. “His Twitter accounts. Where I’ve seen his face.”It was devastating and I felt sick. You have no idea how much I’ve been hurt inside.Emma PerrierShe then called Alan. “Is your real name Alan?” Emma asked.Alanfinally came clean. “I could not be any more apologetic,” he said. “I told hereverything.” Itwas, Alan said, a “big error of judgment, the worst and biggest mistake of mylife.” But even in his telling of “the truth,” Alan told Emma he was 50,shaving off a few years.Alan finally sent her a real photograph of himself, wrinkles and all. “It might sound cruel what I’m going to say,” Emma told me, “but I carried on talking with him, after I knew who he was, only because I wanted to know why he did that to me,” Emma said. “I’m 34 at the time, but maybe another girl, when she finds out, she could maybe go too far, maybe kill herself.” After the big reveal, Emma asked Alan if he wanted to meet her. “I really wanted to go, to end the story,” she said. But was Alan dangerous?To Protect Others, She Reached Out to the Turkish ModelPhoto by Anna ShvetsEmma decided that she needed to protect others from this happening to them, and so, she sent a Facebook message to the Turkish model Alan had been impersonating:"Hello Adem, we don’t know each other but a year ago I met a guy online and that man is using your picture and pretends he is you under another name. I wasn’t sure if getting in touch with you was a good idea but I needed you to know, kind regards, Emma.”Adem, who was 35 at the time, almost ignored it as he received a lot of messages on the daily. But something told him to reply. After reading Emma’s message, he wrote back. “And the conversation just started,” Adem said. He was furious when he heard how Alan had treated Emma. So he had a video call. “It was crazy,” she said. “I wasn’t sure it was him, I was always in doubt.” And he was nervous too! I never do FaceTiming. But somehow I wanted to do it with her.Adem Guzel in The Atlantic“You are so real,” Emma said, crying. “You really exist!”Emma and Alan ultimately met for some closure and had a good talk. “We talk, talk, talk,” Emma said. She asked him about drinking whiskey with his father. He said his dad had passed away a few years ago.Her Prince Charming Turned Out to Be Real After AllBut in the meantime, Emma's connection with the Turkish model Adem was developing into something more.She invited Adem to London. She wasn’t going to waste time onanother long distance guy! “It wasn’t to flirt, believe me,” Emma insisted.Adem said yes immediately. OnMarch 31, 2017, Emma sent her catfish a goodbye text message:"Alan I wanted to tell you that tomorrow I’m going to pick up Adem at the airport. And I still don’t know if it’s good or bad but I’m going to meet ‘my Ronnie.’ You built up all this shit, I’m not sure if I should thank you or detest you for that. But this is happening."She then picked up Adem at the airport the next day. “I was really nervous,” Adem said. Right there and then, Emma decided to kiss him.“Three minutes later I felt like I know her a long time,” Adem said. The chemistry was undeniable. She gave him a key to her apartment, and together they went sight-seeing around London. Later, when Adem opened his suitcase, Emma saw the the leather jacket from her favorite photograph!Soon, their fairytale-like story was everywhere.“Mycatfish became cupid,” Emma told the DailyMirror, “And now we’re living happily ever after.” Today, the couple lives together in London. “He’s lovely,” Emma said, “He’s a lovely man.” While Emma could have given up on love, she decided to keep an open mind, even after the traumatic events Alan put her through.More from Goalcast:Men Warn They Would Break Up With Plus Size Woman if She Didn’t Lose Weight – But One Personal Trainer Gets Down on One Knee

Black Woman Receives Hate Letters for Marrying a White Man - 58 Years Later, Theyre Still Together
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Black Woman Receives Hate Letters for Marrying a White Man - 58 Years Later, Theyre Still Together

Leslie Uggams is probably best known for her role in the Deadpool series, but her real life reads a bit like a movie as well.At the heart of her life story is an incredible tale of love that has spanned over 5 decades, defying the odds of racism and prejudice.Her Family Expected Her to Marry a Black ManPhoto by Văn ThắngBorn in 1943, Leslie's talents as an actress got her into show business very early in life. At only 10 years old, she already made a record for MGM. This was only a precursor to an incredible television, screen and film career. The time Leslie grew up in was a difficult one for anyone in an interracial relationship. In a 1967 interview with Ebony, Leslie recalls how she was expected to marry a Black man. When she dated a white boy in her teens, her aunt told her not to entertain the idea of a future with him. Leslie said:"I remember the shock I got once when I was dating a white boy. He sent me a colour picture of himself. I showed it to my aunt. He was a good looking boy with beautiful hair. I thought he was gorgeous. But my aunt to one look and started in to lecture me. 'Well he's alright, I suppose,' she told me, 'but only for dates, huh, honey? When you're thinking of settling down for keeps you'll make sure you marry a nice [Black] fella, won't you?'"Leslie never discriminated when she dated even she admits, "I had to be extra careful of the company I kept," being a Black woman in show business.Then, She Met Her Future Husband Grahame PrattBy the time Leslie met Grahame Pratt, she was already successful. Even though their first meeting in Sydney, Australia was not ideal, Leslie said she would never forget it."Then I came for my first appearance at Chequers night club and met Grahame," she said.He was quite drunk and asked her to join him and his friends for another drink.I don't know why I ever agreed to join them for yet another drink but I did. I reckon I must have liked his style. I remember thinking he was English, not Australian.Leslie Uggams in EbonyAfter that, Leslie and her mother kept seeing more and more of Grahame. "I found myself really falling for him, which was quite a thing for me to realize as I was only 21."When she left Sydney, it would be 12 months until she would see him again.She Didn’t Believe He Could Handle the RelationshipThe thing is, unlike Grahame, Leslie is American and she was way more aware of the public perception of interracial relationships in her home country than he was. So she had reasons to question the marriage and the strength of his love.I believed he loved me and wanted to marry me, but at the same time I felt he might also have welcomed a way out of our love, if that were possible.Leslie Uggams"I mean it is a tremendous responsibility to take on a mixed marriage like ours," Leslie continued. She identified three problems they would have to contend with: the racial tensions in America, the fact that she was not going to quit her work in show business, and the necessity for Grahame to move to the United States.So Leslie decided they would try it out at first, to make sure their marriage could withstand it."I felt that as I was the one who would be taking him away from the sort of life he had been used to it was up to me to make sure he really knew what it would be like," she said.They got engaged for 5 months, during which he came to New York to meet her family. She Was Afraid Her Family Wouldn’t Accept HimOther than the obvious negative attitudes towards interracial relationships, Leslie also worried about her own family's reception of Grahame. While she wanted Grahame to experience a "real sample of life" in an interracial relationship in America, she also wanted to make sure her folks would truly welcome him."Knowing my family's ideas about mixed marriages I wanted to know, too, whether they would really accept Graham and not just tolerate him," she said.You can imagine how I felt, after they got to know one another, my father told me he couldn't hope for a better son-in-law.Leslie UggamsLeslie was pleasantly surprised at Grahame's ease with her friends and family. It turns out that being Australian gave him a different perspective and approach to the new culture he had moved into."He had none of the self-consciousness about the situation that a white American often has. He fitted in easily with all my friends...just because he liked them. And they certainly liked him, both the men and the girls."They Got Hate Letters but It Didn’t Threaten Their LoveLeslie and Grahame settled into married life quite well. They lived in New York where hardly anyone made nasty remarks. “It was not as hard as I expected it to be,” Leslie told PEOPLE. “I think the reason is that Grahame was not an American white man. But of course we did get mail.”"Sometimes when I go on tour through the States I get anonymous letters about being married to a white man," Leslie revealed. "I remember I got one in Detroit of all places. It came to the club addressed to 'The Little Negro Entertainer.' They're always addressed something like that and they're not pleasant to read."Back in that 1967 Ebony interview, Leslie wished for one thing: "I just want my children to be happy as we both are. Then they'll have everything that is worth living for."Don’t Underestimate the Power of LoveWell, 55 years later, Leslie and Grahame are still going strong. The couple went on to have two children: Danielle and Justice, 42, and are now grandparents of Cassidy, 7, an aspiring actress.As for how they’ve made it work all these years, Leslie said, “We laugh all the time — but it ain’t always roses. We have fun together.”Leslie and Grahame's heartwarming story proves that love transcends everything from hostile environments and cultural differences. Both decided to give themselves a chance. Had they listened to their doubts, they would have missed out on their love. Instead, they tried to make it work, keeping an open mind. We can certainly all be inspired from this incredible couple.More from Goalcast:Woman Finally Marries “True Love” 43 Years After Her Mother Forced Her to End Interracial RelationshipIn 1963, He Broke Their Engagement and Her Heart — 60 Years Later, He Took a Chance and Sent Her a Facebook Friend RequestWhite Woman Refuses to Listen to Dad After He Forbid Her From Marrying a Black Man – 60 Years Later, They’re Still Togethertrue love always finds a way"Love recognizes no barrier." - Maya Angelou

Woman Diagnosed With Rare Genetic Disorder Wonders if Shell Ever Find Love - Then One Man Steps in With the Answer
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Woman Diagnosed With Rare Genetic Disorder Wonders if Shell Ever Find Love - Then One Man Steps in With the Answer

Teenage volleyball games are supposed to end one of two ways: winning or losing. They aren’t supposed to end with a life-changing diagnosis. McKinnon Galloway was 16 years old when she got hit in the head by a volleyball during a high school game. She had a concussion, so she went to the hospital for a scan. It was then that healthcare workers found out that she had a number of benign brain tumors -- and a rare genetic disorder called NF2. How One Mom Responded to Her Daughter’s DiagnosisPhoto by cottonbro studioMcKinnon’s mother Tracy was stunned and scared for her daughter. The disorder, officially called neurofibromatosis type 2, meant that McKinnon would probably lose her hearing, struggle with balance, and suffer from other “life-spoiling” issues caused by tumors damaging essential nerves in the brain. The disorder only affects 25,000 people worldwide -- making it extremely rare. "It can cause deafness, blindness, inability to swallow, affect the ability to walk, balance issues — a lot. These tumors can occur on any nerve in the body, anywhere in the body. And some people have thousands of them. I was devastated."Doctors guessed that McKinnon would be deaf before graduating high school and that her quality of life would continue to decline. Tracy made a private vow not to let McKinnon’s life be ruined, or even defined, by the diagnosis. Why One Woman Thought She Would Never Find LoveLuckily, the doctors were wrong about McKinnon’s hearing. She was able to hear until the end of high school, and through college. There, she had an almost textbook experience including frat parties and late nights studying. The only thing missing was a romantic life. McKinnon was reserved and afraid to be vulnerable, fearing that opening up about her disorder would make anybody who was interested in her run for the hills. Deep down, she was afraid she would never find love. "When you get diagnosed with a chronic illness, one of your first thoughts is, 'I have so much baggage, who is going to ever love me?'" she confessed.Despite all her worries and reservations, McKinnon accepted when Brandon Kwiatek, a fraternity brother and friend, asked her to be his date to a formal “mountain weekend.” He knew she had had brain surgery, but he didn’t know anything about her diagnosis. Understandably, McKinnon wasn’t rushing to tell him about it.Eventually, McKinnon did tell Brandon about her health. He researched the condition and came to a heartwarming conclusion -- he wanted to be with McKinnon anyway. "If you really, really truly got to know McKinnon, I mean, it's so clear she's a person that's hard not to love," Brandon said.How One Woman Didn’t Allow Her Life to Slow Down After college, McKinnon was elected ambassador for the Children's Tumor Foundation, where her mother also served as board president. Through this job, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to New York City and pursuing meaningful work lobbying for more clinical trials to find a cure for NF2.When COVID hit in 2020, McKinnon decided to head back home. Even though she had been fighting the odds for many years, her hearing was starting to diminish and she had undergone several brain surgeries. She felt she wanted to be close to home. There, Brandon asked her to move in with him. He didn’t feel rushed to get married, but McKinnon wasn’t shy about letting him know what she wanted. Soon, McKinnon lost her hearing all together. She was put in a position of having to choose between mobility in her face and her hearing and she chose her face. She underwent yet another surgery and woke up deaf. She and Brandon learned and practiced sign language together.How a Diagnosis Didn’t Stop One Couple From Being TogetherUnbeknownst to McKinnon, Brandon took her mother Tracy out for dinner and asked for her daughter’s hand in marriage. Tracy agreed excitedly, but warned that their life together wouldn’t be easy."You understand, this is not going to be the normal journey that couples have, and it's going to have some difficult times, but you'll be having some really fulfilling times. You will learn things that other people will never have the opportunity to learn about real love," Tracy told Brandon. On January 1st, one year after McKinnon lost her hearing, Brandon proposed. "We just went through so much last year, and we really wanted to start off the new year on a very positive note," McKinnon recalls about the trip. "When I came out [of the shower] and felt the rose petals under my toes, it put a smile on my face, because Brandon always does nice things, and I just thought it was one of his nice things. But my favorite part," she continues, "was when I looked up from the rose petals, and saw him standing there with a sign language shirt on that said 'love.' And he had gotten this wooden rose petal, and it said, 'Will you marry me?' on it, just to make sure I understood. And he got down on one knee."McKinnon and Brandon’s love story is beautiful and its message is simple: everyone deserves love. No matter the diagnosis, there is someone out there for everyone. Never let your limitations define you, that is the message McKinnon wants everybody to understand -- and it’s one she learned from her mom. "I hope my perspective on life gives others a chance to see that anything is possible. [My mom] has never once made me feel that my dreams are not possible because of my illness," McKinnon said.More from Goalcast:Men Warn They Would Break Up With Plus Size Woman if She Didn’t Lose Weight – But One Personal Trainer Gets Down on One KneeWife Creates “Dating Profile” for Her Handsome Husband of 20 Years — You Won’t Believe the Heartbreaking Reason Why

Rude Men Told Woman Who Uses a Wheelchair She Wasnt Worth Loving - Then This Man Got Down on One Knee
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Rude Men Told Woman Who Uses a Wheelchair She Wasnt Worth Loving - Then This Man Got Down on One Knee

Dating can be fun, but it can also be incredibly disheartening and frustrating. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of bad dates in order to find the right person, and sometimes it can feel like the right person will never make their way to you.But this woman and her journey to the altar give hope to daters everywhere.Learning to Cope With the BulliesMarna Michele was born with arthrogryposis, a condition that affects the development of the joints. She had surgery the day she was born in order to help it, and numerous others followed. From the ages of five to 13, she had to use leg braces to walk, reports The Sun. Eventually, the strain that walking put on her body was too much, and she wound up using a wheelchair.As a teen, Michele grew used to bullying. The bullies upset her, but she didn’t let anyone else define her. “In junior high, I was called a cripple for the first time in my life, and I was heartbroken over it. I cried for days, and I finally thought to myself, ‘Why am I crying?’” she recalled.Still, it was hard. Especially when she tried to date.“Dating in my younger years was tough; I found that when I was in high school, the boys just couldn’t look past my disability,” she explained. “It was disappointing, but I always knew who the best choice for me [was] because of that fact; I deserve someone who will love me for who I am, disability included.”Entering the Dating PoolAs an adult, Michele hoped things would get better. But when she joined Tinder to try and find someone to spend time with, things got worse. As it turned out, some bullies just feel more empowered when they have a screen to hide behind.“I was on Tinder for about six months; very often, I would get inappropriate questions, or I would even get told I was not worth loving because of my disability,” she said.Michele stuck with it though, and six months into her Tinder experience, she and a man named Robert matched. Right away, their interactions were different. Instead of asking her about her disability like all the men before, he got to know her for who she was.“Our interaction was very different than anyone else I spoke with through Tinder. Usually, a day into the conversation, the person on the other end would always ask me about my wheelchair and disability,” she revealed.Going on That First DateTwo weeks after meeting Michele, Robert asked her to go on an actual date. She was so blindsided because the wheelchair conversation still hadn’t come up. At first, she canceled the date; then, following a conversation with her sister, she messaged Robert to ensure he knew she was in a wheelchair. He had a surprising response.“He replied with, ‘Yeah, it’s on your profile, I don’t care, that doesn’t matter,’” she explained. “I felt so silly for bringing it up, but I was so used to every other guy mentioning it; that was when I knew he was special.”The date began at a bar, where they talked for hours. Then they went for dinner, and he walked Michele back to her car. There, Robert asked Michele on a second date.“There are very mean people in the world. But I stuck to it and found Robert. The kindest man I’ve ever met,” Michele continued. “He never once has made me feel incapable or less than. He is supportive and non-judgmental. He constantly makes me feel beautiful and confident.”From there, the couple moved in together, and eventually, Robert got down on one knee. Two years ago, they got married, and they haven’t looked back since.Reclaiming Her PowerMichele is happy, confident, and loving her life. Still, she remembers how much it hurt when kids called her “crippled” and how alone she felt. So a few years ago, she decided to take back the power of the word by starting a website called Crippled Is Beautiful. There, she shares stories of people with disabilities and raises awareness.“I stay positive for myself and for my fellow ‘cripples.’ I will not allow this cruel world to tear me down, and I hope my positivity can be contagious,” she told The Sun. “You would think [by now] there would be less ableism and more accessibility, but that’s just not the case. My disability is not a curse; it is a challenge I conquer every day.”On her website, Michele shares the same message.“If the word CRIPPLED has ever been used against you in a hurtful/harmful way just remember that YOU are beautiful,” she writes. “YOU are worth it. YOU matter. YOU can create your own happiness.”Finding Love From WithinThis beautiful story doesn’t just give hope to anyone going through a tough time dating or who may be wondering when their love life will turn around. It’s also a powerful message about loving yourself first and knowing your worth.There are so many negative messages out there, and it can be hard to tune them out. But by ignoring those voices and making your inner, positive voice louder, you can conquer all. If ignoring bullies and walking away doesn’t work, seek help. There are many resources out there for those who are dealing with bullying.And for those who think words don’t matter, think again. Everyone deserves love and respect, no matter what we look like on the outside.More from Goalcast:Time to Do the “Crazy Things”: 77-Year-Old Throws a Big Wedding and Marries HerselfBrooklyn Teacher Teaches His Young Students to Love Themselves Through Self-Affirmations — Then the Video Goes Viral and Sparks a Movement

Young Stranger Shouts Four Words at a Woman Entering a Skate Park - The Persons Identity Shocks Her
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Young Stranger Shouts Four Words at a Woman Entering a Skate Park - The Persons Identity Shocks Her

It had been a hard life for Carmen Santiago. As a young woman, money troubles and a toxic relationship had taken its toll on her family. Yet, she always kept a smile and did her best. This sunny day, however, found her in a strange new place. She looked around, unsure of why she was there. But she sensed that something was up.Then someone said four words that would rock her world. Forever.A Fractured FamilyPhoto by Liv BruceFor 22-year-old Jeremy Hudson, there's always been a vacant void in his heart. In a sad turn of events, family life with his mom and two sisters came undone. His sister Sophia was looked after by her father and Tara was adopted by family friends.“She was trying to hold onto me for as long as she could but she knew that I could probably have a better family to grow up with and I wouldn’t have to deal with all the moving around,” he recalled to YourTango.And Jeremy would indeed find a loving family to raise him. They were also very open about his biological family, including his mother Carmen Santiago's story. As the years went by, he never stopped thinking about her. Nor did his motivation to find her wane. “It was always a burden on my heart. I wish I could go see them,” he says. “I searched and searched and I just could not find them.” That's until when his adoptive mother made a discovery that changed everything. What a Mother Found to Reunite a FamilyPhoto by Lubomyr MyronyukIt was a binder, and inside of it was his sister's dad's name. He pulled that string and it led him to find both sisters on Facebook.Luckily, they all lived in Georgia. And so, they decided to meet up at a skatepark in Douglasville. However, there was one person missing to complete this family portrait.With Tara recording, Santiago is walking through the park when she suddenly hears “Hey, Mom! Watch me!” "Tara! Tara, is it?" She didn't have to wait long, as her son skated over. Still unsure, she asks, "Who is that?" and Sophia says, "Jeremy,' while Santiago glows with glee."Oh my God you're beautiful!," she burst out as the two shared a tight hug 18 years in the making. It was all surreal for her son.“It was like a dream,” Jeremy says of the long-awaited moment. “Even my mom kept saying, ‘This can’t be real!’” How a Son Proves to Never Give Up on Family"Even though she couldn't take care of me, her making the decision to say, 'You know what, he deserves a better lifestyle than what he's growing up in.' I just thank her for never giving in or giving up on her joy and never letting people take her peace away. I just love her," Jeremy said.I can't fathom the soul-searing pain that Carmen Santiago must have felt having to part with her children. It does take a special kind of someone to keep the faith.Speaking of faith, her son has that in spades. His faith in knowing his mother's motivation to part with him was driven by love, and also the faith of one day finding her.In the end, faith is sometimes all we have to keep us going through life. When it comes to family, we have to hang on to every bit. You just never know when -- or where -- it will pay off.

Man Dresses Up to Visit His Wife Every Day for 15 Years - For One Very Good Reason
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Man Dresses Up to Visit His Wife Every Day for 15 Years - For One Very Good Reason

Watching a loved one’s cherished memories and moments fade away due to dementia or Alzheimer’s is one of the hardest things a person could go through. It takes strength, patience, and love to stay by their side, especially when you don’t know which version of your loved one you’ll receive that day. But in the end, as this story proves, love does survive.A Daily RoutineA girl named Catalina gets to witness the power of love firsthand when she watches her grandparents. In fact, the social media user is so in awe of their relationship that she posted a clip on TikTok to share with the world. “El amor de ellos dos,” she captioned the video — “the love of these two.”You see, Catalina’s grandmother has been battling Alzheimer’s for the past 15 years. As the disease progresses, it has robbed her of more and more memories. She is in a facility as a result, but that doesn’t mean her husband of 56 years has forgotten about her.Instead, every day for 15 years he has dressed up, combed his hair, sprayed cologne, and visited his wife. As it turns out, he is the only one she recognizes.In the video, you can see her eyes light up when he enters the room, and he asks if she remembers him. Each time he does this, according to Catalina, they reconnect. In the video, they smile like two souls who have known each other their whole lives.In Sickness and in HealthCatalina’s family believes that the main thing keeping her grandmother going is those visits from her grandfather. For his part, he believes she returns to reality whenever she looks at him. “Don’t ever stop looking at me,” he is heard saying in the video.The grandfather knows he doesn’t have a lot of time left with his wife, as they are now both in their eighties. But he’s determined to make the most of the time he does have and to cherish the woman he shared vows with more than five decades ago, no matter what.It really gives new meaning to the term “in sickness and in health” because the way this couple looks at each other in the video isn’t just heartwarming; it’s enough to reinstate even the biggest skeptic’s belief in the power of love.Love Conquers AllWhile Catalina’s family undoubtedly wishes things could be different, this story is such a powerful reminder that love is one of the strongest emotions. It cuts through so many obstacles and can be the thing that we need to get through the toughest of days, months, and years.People who find love like this are lucky, but people who know how to practice this kind of love are sitting on a gold mine. We're reminded that we can also lead with love in our everyday lives, whether it’s with friends, family members, or a spouse.Know and care about what inspires the people in your life. Remember to spend time with them. Make eye contact with them and practice your best active listening skills. Once we learn to connect with others with our eyes, ears and hearts, we, too, can unlock the powerful benefits of love.

Men Warn They Would Break Up With Plus Size Woman if She Didnt Lose Weight - But One Personal Trainer Gets Down on One Knee
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Men Warn They Would Break Up With Plus Size Woman if She Didnt Lose Weight - But One Personal Trainer Gets Down on One Knee

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. After all, when two souls speak to each other, they don’t really care about looks. Yet, some people seem to forget that everyone is deserving of love, no matter what they look like, and feel the need to share their two cents — especially online. Thankfully, one couple who experienced that kind of toxic feedback continues to shine with their inspiring relationship.A Woman About to Give UpIn Ontario, Canada, a 24-year-old woman named Brittany Jacques struggled with her self-confidence for years. Part of it was wanting to fit in with what society dictated she should look like. Part of it was a series of boyfriends who told her she should lose weight. At one point, she almost gave up on love, reports The U.S. Sun.Then, she met a man named Matt Montgomery. It was love at first sight.“We had both almost given up on dating when we started talking,” Jacques explained. “I was a bit hesitant at first [but] we hit it off right away from the moment we met.”Jacques clarified that in the past, guys had told her they would break up with her if she didn’t lose weight. “It did affect my self-confidence, and at one point, I did start working out and trying to change my size,” she continued.“But then I realized that if I did that, I wouldn’t love myself anymore, and I would be changing myself for someone else’s perception of beauty.”A Relationship to Brag About Jacques and Montgomery quickly fell in love and began sharing their relationship online. And that’s when the negative comments started to pour in. People wondered why Montgomery, a 140-pound personal trainer, was with a plus-sized woman. And many suggested they should break up.None of that mattered in the slightest to Montgomery, though. He loved Jacques for so much more than her looks.“I’ve been in previous relationships with skinny girls, and they’ve not been happy in themselves at all,” he said. “They weren’t positive people, or they constantly felt like they needed to change things about themselves, and it got me down too.”With Jacques, though, Montgomery felt like he could also be the best version of himself. “When I met Britt, she was so confident in her own body; I loved that about her, she doesn’t want to change anything, and I would never ask her to,” he said.“I love food as well, so that’s a plus. I’m not worried about tracking her calories or dieting, I just want her to eat what she wants and be happy.”Ignoring the HatersSo how does the couple deal with so much online toxicity? By dismissing the chatter completely. In fact, they feel it’s important to continue documenting their love journey so that other couples who might not conform to society’s “norms” will see themselves represented too.“I wish mixed-weight relationships were more common and more in the norm,” Jacques said. “There’s definitely this misconception that a fat person and a skinny person can’t be properly intimate or do things like start a family, but we’ve never had any issues. We feel so lucky to have met each other, and it’s the happiest we’ve ever been.”This couple is so in love that in January 2022, Montgomery got down on one knee. Now, the couple are married and even have a sweet baby boy. Now that’s a happily ever after worth celebrating.Love Is LoveLove comes in all shapes and forms, and the only people that ever truly matter in a relationship are the people who are in the relationship.This couple proves that, all while reminding people that it’s not okay to judge somebody by the weight they carry on their body.We all want to be loved and seen for who we are on the inside, so shouldn’t we give others the same respect?Weight and worth shouldn’t be interchangeable. And the sooner we can all recognize and accept that, the happier we’ll all be — not only in our own relationships but also with ourselves.

Husband Thinks Video Hes Making With His Wife Is for a Contest Entry - Is Shocked to Find Real Reason Why
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Husband Thinks Video Hes Making With His Wife Is for a Contest Entry - Is Shocked to Find Real Reason Why

It had been a rough 5-year patch for Doug and Brenda Price. They both needed an escape and were willing to try anything. But as they got in front of that camera with hopes of brighter days ahead, Brenda did something that would throw all of their plans off. A Married Couple’s Desperation for an EscapeAs the camera rolled, you can bet that 34-year-old Doug was dreaming of palm trees and daiquiris with Brenda. The two had recently celebrated ten years of marriage together, but the last 5 years were a strain. And so, the two were filming a video to try and win a trip to Aruba. To leave Nashville behind for a bit and bask in the sun would be a gift. Little did Doug know that in a few moments, he was about to be surprised with a gift far more shocking. A Wife’s Shocking Surprise for Her HusbandPhoto by Natalyia VaitkevichBrenda kicked off the video by saying that the trip would be nostalgic, as Aruba is where they spent their honeymoon. But then Brenda revealed other plans. She said that she and her 'dushi,' or darling, would actually prefer to go back on their 'Babymoon,' telling Doug 'I'm pregnant,' and showing him the test results. It was a magic moment five years in the making, as the couple had been struggling without success to get pregnant. Brenda had only learned the news 12 hours before the video, so she was antsy all day until Doug got home. The conception was 100% natural.Almost unable to talk, a teary-eyed Doug says 'Serious?' to a bawling, nodding Brenda as they both embrace. Then to lighten the mood, Doug asks 'What about our Aruba trip,' as they both laugh.Doug uploaded the video. In it, he said that while Brenda and he didn't get the trip to Aruba, 'I still think we got the better end of the deal'. Most of the over 2 million viewers agreed."This is so sweet. Made me cry. I'm happy for them! <3," wrote one."I burst in tears omg i didnt expect that you can see how much they want it ????," said another.One viewer did have a bone to pick, posting, "Dude, how could they NOT win that trip to Aruba?"Have to agree there.How One Couple Proves to Never Give Up on LifeDoug said that after the shock, he got papa bear protective feelings for his wife. He said he now 'just wants to be better' for Brenda and their child. Who can think of better motivation?Just what advice does the expecting couple have for others in the same struggle? "Not giving up hope is the number one thing," said Brenda. Doug agreed, saying, "To not give up hope is the one thing. Our biggest thing is we just wanted for people to have that hope." It actually gives hope to over 6 million. That's the number of women aged 15-44 the CDC reports have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Let's hope this sweet story gives them motivation to not give up on life. Sending our love to the Prices!