20-year-old Jessica Sharman lost her memory last march after a series of siezures, but her life has become just like a movie as her boyfriend tries to start the relationship over from scratch.
Despite having epilepsy for most of her life, last march was the first time her seizures caused her to lose her memory. After a couple weeks recovering from a particularly rough epileptic episode, Sharman was sent home from the hospital with her previous 19 years wiped clean. She doesn't remember her family at all, let alone her boyfriend Richard Bishop, who she had been dating for the previous seven months.
According to the NY Post, her life post-memory loss could become the plot to an award-winning movie.
I was terrified. I had no idea who anyone was. Everyone was a stranger to me. I didn’t even know my own name. I remember boarding the train that day in March, but that’s it. I’ve been told my body went limp and my eyes glazed over. But we had nearly arrived in London and Rich was able to support me until we got to the station, then walk me to our office and call my parents while he looked after me. I now recall seeing a woman running towards me but I had no idea who she was. She was hugging me and asking if I was OK but I just stared back at her blankly. She kept saying she was my mom.
Her mom tried to job her memory by showing her old photos of them together on her phone, but nothing came back.
"Not only did I not recognize my parents in the pictures, I had no idea what I looked like."
I found a mirror and looked at my reflection but it was like I was looking at a stranger. I did match the person in the photos, though, so agreed to go home with my parents. Mom put a hand on my knee but I pushed it off, it felt weird to be touched by a stranger.
As hard as it was for her to accept her parents, it was even harder to let her boyfriend back in.
I remember at one point I was left on my own with him and hated it. I didn’t know him but he was acting like we were in love.
So two weeks later, I tried to end the relationship. He looked so hurt and promised he would help me remember how great we were together. Seeing how passionate and caring he was finally convinced me he must care for me, so I agreed to give it a shot.”
Bishop really did put in the work. He took her to their favorite restaurants, went on walks in the park, and shared stories with her about who she had been. Eventually, she feel back in love with him
“I don’t remember the first time I fell in love with Rich but I do remember the second. He was so patient with me, so sweet, I couldn’t help but fall for him."
Jeez. It's a real-life rom-com. Especially considering, Jessica and Richard might be fated to do it all over again.
Doctors say there’s a 50 percent chance I could lose my memory all over again. But Rich was able to make me fall in love with him twice — so I know he could do it again.