When Chris and I met each other, we instantly knew that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together happily ever after. We knew without saying a word. Our love said it all. A night came after dating for a couple of months where Chris and I sat down to a candle lit dinner. As we finished the delicious meal, Chris asked if I would reach over beside me and turn on the light. When I had done so, and turned back around, Chris had gotten down on one knee with a stunningly gorgeous diamond engagement ring and he asked me if I would marry him! With tears streaming down my face and a smile a mile-wide, I said “YES!”
Soon, we were planning our wedding with overjoyed friends and family and we sailed off into the sunset becoming husband and wife on August 16, 2008. From the moment we became engaged and every day forward, I looked upon this very ring with absolute bliss. Turning it every which way catching it in the sunlight. Gazing upon it as it glistened. Never having had any piece of jewelry so beautiful in my life.
Fast-Forwarding to December 2008, after my car accident & Epilepsy diagnosis, I was placed on Anti-Seizure medications. When those proved to fail, I was placed on others. When the others failed, I was eventually placed on what I currently take. Keppra and Gabapentin. Upon adjusting to this blend of medications, I began to notice my ring finger burning and fiercely itching. It felt as if I had been bitten or stung by some sort of bug or spider perhaps. I decided I would take my rings off to have a look at the one and only finger that this phenomenon was happening to. When the rings had been removed, I noticed that my ring finger was slightly swollen and a red rash-looking ring was discovered where my engagement ring was placed. Unsure of what was going on, I decided to keep my ring off and see what would happen if kept off. Over the next couple of days, the swelling had completely diminished and the red rash ring where my engagement ring sat started fading away. A sinking feeling settled in my stomach. Had my epilepsy medication caused me to become allergic to my engagement ring? I had to find out for sure! Once my finger had completely healed, I placed my engagement ring back upon my finger. Within 30 minutes, the burning itching swelling feeling overcame my ring finger. My intuitions were proving true. My epilepsy medication and engagement ring were not going to be getting along. I had become allergic to the metal that made up my engagement ring. Interestingly enough, I was able to wear my wedding band just fine. Saddened, I placed my engagement ring in the jewelry box never to be worn again. I thought to place the ring on a chain and wear it around my neck but decided it may not be a good idea laying upon my neck. Every now and then, I would place the ring on my finger to see if anything would change, but the allergy always came back. Even though, I’m unable to wear my engagement ring, I am thankful that I’m able to hold onto the ring to look upon and perhaps pass down to our children one day. In thinking about it, I’m even more thankful to have my Prince Charming who got me such a beautiful symbol of his love for me.
Epilepsy took my engagement ring but what Epilepsy will never take from me is my joy for life. My happily ever after with the love of my life.
I am a happily-ever-after wife, an Epilepsy Diagnosee, Advocate for Epilepsy Awareness (The Epilepsy Network), life lover & Christ inspired! Life is a journey and I'm loving every moment of it. Even the bumps in the road!