Imagine waking up one day, not knowing who your parents are, your boyfriend is, and not even being able to recognize yourself. Now it may seem like a story from “The Notebook”, or even “The Vow,” but this is completely different. Because this is real.

Jessica Sharman, 20 years old, and her boyfriend, Rich Bishop, 25 years old, were on a train when she suffered a series of seizures, wiping her memories clean. She couldn’t remember anyone.

Doctors diagnosed her with amnesia brought on by epilepsy, a condition she has had to deal with since she was 14 years old.

Her friends and family were devastated, as was Bishop, her boyfriend of seven months. But he was determined to win her heart over yet again, or at least make her remember him.

But there was one problem. She couldn’t stand him after the accident.  They shared a moment alone while in the hospital, but she reportedly “hated it.”

“I didn’t know him but he was acting like we were in love,” said Sharman.

She even struggled with her parents, who were now strangers to her. It took for Sharman to see a picture of her and her mother to agree on going home with her. Even when her mother touched her, she would brush her off.

Two weeks after being discharged by the hospital, Sharman tried to end things with him. He was crushed, but did not give up hope.

“He looked so hurt and promised he would help me remember how great we were together,” said Sharman.

And it took time, but his patience soon won her over. He helped her reconnect with her past by going for walks in the park and revisiting her favorite restaurants.

He won her over yet again, but the threat of another episode of amnesia hangs over the couple. And as she says, “It’s hard to explain losing 19 years’ experiences — and doctors say I may never get these back,” she is not worried about her relationship with Bishop.

“Rich was able to make me fall in love with him twice – so I know he could do it again,” commented Sharman.

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