Friday, 07 December 2012
Because of the overall positive responses to the recent Datingish article, “Going Strong After 80 Years,” it would appear as if many of our readers want to see more articles about inspiring and positive love stories. We would like to feature more stories like these, so if you know of a positive and/or inspiring love story you would like to share, either about you or about somebody else you know, please submit it to Datingish.
Today’s love story comes from a recent article featured on NBC News. Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly were high school sweethearts who grew up together in Iowa. They graduated from high school together in 2007 and continued their relationship afterward. When Taylor joined the Navy in 2008, he had no idea that his days with his arms and legs fully intact were numbered. When Morris served in Afghanistan, he stepped on an IED, or an improvised explosive device, which resulted in him losing all four of his limbs. Immediately after it happened, Danielle received a phone call informing her of Taylor’s accident and amputations. She was so shocked by this information that she dropped her phone and screamed.
Following the accident in Afghanistan, Taylor was transported to a hospital in Germany and then to the Walter Reed Military Center in Maryland. Danielle loved Taylor very much and wanted to support and help him with his recovery, so only three days after the accident overseas, Danielle was bedside. Taylor says that if there is anything he has learned about his girlfriend through this whole experience, it’s that she is a wonderful caretaker.
Taylor decided that he wanted a photo documentation of his recovery to share with his family and friends. Tim Dodd, a good friend of the couple’s, volunteered to take photographs of Taylor and Danielle throughout Taylor’s recovery process. Tim took pictures of Taylor’s day-to-day struggles as well as Danielle supporting and helping Taylor through rehabilitation. The pictures also included Danielle giving Taylor piggyback rides and helping Taylor learn to walk with his new prosthetic legs.
Twenty-two pictures of Taylor and Danielle, including many of the pictures of Taylor’s recovery taken by Tim Dodd, went viral on Buzzfeed.com earlier this year. A man from Texas, who had been following the pictures of Taylor’s recovery that were posted online, submitted the photos to the website. The article, titled, “A Love Story in 22 Pictures,” is a collection of photos of Taylor and Danielle in chronological order starting from right before Taylor left for the Navy and featuring many recent photos of Danielle helping him adjust back to normal life after the accident.
Danielle and Taylor are both flattered and in awe by the number of positive letters and emails they receive daily from people all over the world who say that they are inspired by their love story. The couple says that this traumatic time has made their relationship even stronger than before; after having gone through such a tough time together, they feel closer than ever and laugh about how they now know everything about one another. It is reassuring to see that there are some couples who can stick together and fully support one another even through some of life’s toughest struggles.
Has a traumatic life experience ever brought you closer to a significant other, friend, or family member?