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February 16, 2012

Parkinson’s Love Story

Unbelievable story. I thought no one would enter into a long-term relationship with me in light of my Parkinsons and the prospect of being a care partner for me. I was wrong. Met an angel who fell in love with me and is a personal trainer and nutritionalist to boot. I found my one and only.

Met on January 7 in the Virgin Islands. GETTING MARRIED FEBRUARY 26!!!

I was diagnosed with Parkinsons ten years ago at the age of 41. Fortunately, I have had a very slow progression, but that could change at any time.

I started with match about 4 months and had been on dates with several quality woman, but none that sparked with me. I decided to go to the Virgin Islands to meet up with old friends that were there for a conference.

I casually invited my brother who surprised me by accepting. My father got wind of the trip and invited himself. Needless to say the prospect of having 21 consecutive meals with my father and brother was a little daunting.

Two days before the trip, I did a match search of the Virgin Islands with the intention of just enjoying a nice meal and obtaining information on the islands. I got much more than I ever could have imagined.

My flight there left Kentucky at 6am so I had to be up by 4am. Upon arrival in St. Thomas, I touched base with one of my match connections and we made plans five hours later for her to take the ferry from St. John to the Red Hook terminal in St. Thomas. On the trip from the airport, the taxi driver locked his keys in the car with my luggage and phone! I had no way of touching base with her and had to wear the same clothes that I traveled in all day.

I found out that the taxi ride to Red Hook was $20 each way. With no way for us to communicate, I had no idea if she would show up. She had to pay $12 to take the ferry with no confirmation that I would be there.

When she walked off the boat. She took my breathe away. My only though was, “I have found my future, my one and only.” We spent most of the next week together. I left on January 14. Moved her to Louisville on January 31 and will marry her on February 26. Thanks Match.com

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