Humans are known to bond when they have something in common, even if that thing in common is something unpleasant or even tragic.
Emily and Cameron were both diagnosed with bladder exstrophy, a rare birth defect that affects the development of the bladder, making it stick outside of your body, according to a Facebook post shared by Love What Matters.
Although Emily and Cameron were from Wisconsin and Ohio, respectively, the two met in 1995 at a hospital in Baltimore, where they were both scheduled to have surgeries for their condition from a world-renowned doctor.
Although they were only four years old, it seemed like fate, especially when “[Cameron] kissed me at the Ronald McDonald house,” wrote Emily. They kept in touch, and although the distance between them made it difficult and people called them crazy, their friendship and love grew and grew.
In 2012, Cameron proposed to Emily, and they had the wedding of their dreams in 2015.
Emily said the couple “continued to fill our lives with everlasting love and laughter. The days were getting better and better.” Their journey had come full circle after meeting 20 years prior.
A year later, Emily and Cameron were trying for a baby. One day, she realized she was a few weeks late, and found out she was pregnant, and Cameron was elated. But as the pregnancy went on, questions filled her head, with one in particular.
Emily was scared that her baby would end up having bladder exstrophy, and would suffer from it like she and her husband did in their youth.
“There is not a known case of both parents with bladder exstrophy having a baby together and little research to prove genetic conditions. Scary right?” Emily said. She wanted to get the baby’s bladder examined while in the womb, but it was not an easy process.
They thought at 14 weeks that the ultrasound would be able to show their baby’s bladder, and make sure it was in place, but 14 weeks passed, and even 21 weeks passed with no confirmation. They assumed that their baby did have their condition and started mentally preparing for it.
But in January 2017, the doctors found that the baby’s bladder was completely normal!
Emily and Cameron’s baby, Everleigh Grace, was born in 2017 via C-section, healthy as could be.
Emily, despite her early struggles and her doubts during pregnancy, said, “I would relive it 100 times over, to be rewarded with this crazy beautiful life, alongside my incredible husband and beautiful baby girl.”
Emily clearly has no regrets—which could include her bladder exstrophy—because without that, she wouldn’t have met her husband and be able to experience her wonderful life.
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