Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

After Trying To Sabotage The Relationship, Wheelchair Bound Woman Finds True Love.

"We stayed friends for almost a year, but we had a weird relationship.

I knew he was madly in love with me, but he never made any moves, so

was I really sure he was madly in love with me? After about a year of

living in California, the best friend I had moved with had gotten

married and moved back to Utah. I wanted to stay in California but

couldn’t afford to live on my own and since I had moved with my best

friend, I hadn’t really made any other friends. One night, Jared had

taken me out to dinner at Filippi’s in downtown San Diego. I brought

up the idea that I was possibly moving back to Utah soon, and I could

literally see his heartbreak. He told me I couldn’t move back to Utah,

and that I could live with his family or his grandpa for a while so I

wouldn’t have to pay rent and still live in California. I decided this

would be a good time to actually see if he had feelings for me, so I

casually said, ‘Have you ever thought about dating me?’"

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"I could tell this question caught him off guard because up until this

moment, I had never made an indication that I was even interested. In

fact, I wouldn’t even hug him for too long because I didn’t want him

to get the wrong idea. He played it cool and said, ‘Of course I have.’

We had a 3-hour conversation about us ‘dating’ and he told me, ‘If you

move back to Utah and don’t date me, you’ll regret it.’ After that

conversation I sort of freaked out. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to date

him because I didn’t want my heart broken again. But there was

something so different about Jared. He was so genuine. He never once

made me feel insecure about my disability and never once asked me what

my disability meant for my future."

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"The following weeks were so important in our relationship. I finally

decided, ‘Okay maybe I do like Pineapple.’ He took me to this cute

sushi place in La Jolla that overlooked the ocean. It had a

breathtaking view and I know he picked that place because he knew I

would love it. Jared was so used to me leaving right after dinner, but

I asked him if he wanted to take a walk. All of the sudden, (don’t ask

me what came over me), I grabbed his hand and started holding it. It

felt so natural and so right and neither of us said anything, he just

continued to walk (well he walked, I rolled) around just talking. We

ended up getting dessert… twice… and I still wasn’t ready to leave him

and go home. This was the moment I realized I had fallen in love with

the guy I swore I would never date.

In January, Jared got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It

was everything I could ask for. I have never known love until I met


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"Our wedding day was the single most important day of my life. I

couldn’t be more excited to become Jared’s wife. He looked at me with

so much adoration and love when I came rolling down the aisle, and I

knew in that moment we would be able to make it through anything and


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"Jared and I are coming up on our one-year anniversary and over the

past ten months, Jared has put me in bed every night, helped me

shower, blow dried my hair, dressed me, carried me and catered to my

every need. He has shown me true, unconditional love. We’ve had

conversations about how our life will play out, will we have kids, can

we have kids, how long will I be here on this earth, etc. All Jared

replies is, ‘I don’t care if we have kids. I want kids, but I want you

more.’ He is the person I KNOW I was designed for, and he was designed

for me. He loves me for who I really am. He loves me at my best and at

my worst. He takes every challenge I have and looks at it as a way to

serve and love me. I don’t know what I did to deserve him and his

love, but I will try every single day to be worthy of his love and

give all that love right back to him.”

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Source: Love What Matters

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