Gradually falling in love is one thing but falling in love at first sight especially with someone living with a lifelong condition is another thing which defines the saying 'beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder'.
This is the story of Susan Njogu and Phillip Eling, perfect strangers who became perfect friends and sealed it with a vow that only death would them part.
Born and raised in Nakuru county, Susan Njogu moved to Adelaide, Australia, as a student in 2015 to pursue a diploma in working with the physically challenged.
On the other hand, Philip Eling, born and raised in Australia, had only one wish, that he would one day meet someone who would love him wholeheartedly despite his disability.
Born with muscular dystrophy, a disease that causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass, Eling was forced to use a wheelchair from the age of five.
In 2012, he published his first book, Life Is What You Make It, and in it, he put down his wish in to words while predicting someone would love him wholeheartedly.
Two years later, cupid shot an arrow his way and Njogu crossed his path marking the beginning of their fairy tale love story.
Speaking to Legit.ng, the lady said having interacted with lots of physically challenged people in the course of her studies, she was invited for an interview in the same company Eling worked.
Meeting for the first time, the two instantly became friends, exchanged contacts, a first coffee date was arranged and what followed was a whirlwind romance.
"I just took it that he was a gentleman who had full passion of life and more falling in love with me.The way he carried himself was all that overwhelmed me...I did not hesitate I had my eyes on him because the connection was very strong," Njogu explained.
“He invited me out for coffee, and you can imagine my surprise when I found his mother sitting with him. She was also part of our meeting. I was a bit nervous at first, but it turned out great,” she added.
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Six months down the line, an engagement was announced but the love struck duo had one challenge, convincing Njogu's parents she was going to get married to someone physically challenged.
“We both knew what we wanted, so there was no doubt about that. We wanted to spend the rest of our lives together,” she told Legit.ng during an interview.
"She understood that I had to convince them (Susan’s parents), especially since Africans are usually not as open-minded. I only wanted their approval, above anything else," Philip chipped in.
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Luck worked in their favour and just like that, they received blessings from Njogu's parents and in January 28, 2018, she walked down the aisle in a red-themed wedding.
"They were completely alright with our decision, and especially because they knew how passionate I was about helping the disabled. I was ecstatic,” she said.
The same way one wouldn't enjoy picking roses without being pricked by its thorns, Njogu's marriage to Eling did not sit well with a section of Kenyans but that did not deter her.
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“People said I only did it because I wanted to get money from him, but I sort of expected that reaction from them. I was very relaxed and prepared for it. I got comfort from knowing that our union was ordained by God," added the enthusiastic lady.
The two marked their first wedding anniversary and photos from their photoshoot showed nothing but a happy couple living their dream.
Eling's wish having being fulfilled, Njogu now has her wish which she intends to fulfill also, that is to teach the world how to treat, relate and interact with people living with disability.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng has gathered the beautiful love story of a pretty young woman who found love again after two divorces and four kids from her previous marriages. The lucky lady, Dami Ewa Stratton, found love again with a handsome young man, Emmanuel Cole, who also happens to be from a royal family.
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