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‘I don’t know who you are, but I know I love you.’ The mother of my son has no clue who I am.’: Father realizes he’d be raising his son ‘alone’ after wife suffers strokes that erased her memory

“When I first met my wife, it was love at first sight. Looking back on that night brings back great memories, but for my wife, those memories are gone. A quick trip to the hospital turned into an absolute nightmare. We found out she had preeclampsia, but by then, it was too late. ‘Steve, this is not easy to say, but she suffered a severe brain injury. She has lost all her memories, long and short,’ the doctor told me.”

‘Both of our babies had cancer. In 2 weeks, our 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son began the fight for their lives.’: Mother describes ‘worst day’ of her life after children diagnosed with medulloblastoma

“‘I’m sorry, but we found a mass in your daughter’s brain.’ I thought that would be the worst day of my life. Little did I know, only 13 days later, THAT would actually be the worst day of my life. In a different ER, a few floors below from where my daughter was, another doctor pulled a different curtain, looked at my husband and me, and said, ‘I’m sorry.’ Time stopped at that moment.”

I was the perfect mom. Until I had kids.

“That’s when I saw you. A beautiful young woman who presumably doesn’t yet have children of her own. Another perfect (albeit, kidless) mom, just as I had been once upon a time. I recognized the look in your eyes.”

‘His name tag read ‘Baby Boy Unknown.’ It didn’t stay that way long. We knew instantly, he was ours.’: Family adopts baby left at urgent care with umbilical cord still attached

“His mom was homeless and couldn’t care for him. ‘That is the saddest thing ever. Do you think that is our baby?’ My husband said, ‘I doubt it. He’s probably pretty sick.’ Off I went. ‘Is everything OK?,’ I asked. They replied, ‘He’s waiting for you in the NICU. He’s yours.’”

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