We are so excited to share the story of Meghin & Kevin this week. They show us that amazing relationships can grow from difficult times and that chocolate is just another word for love (I completely agree!). Read their amazing story below!
Meghin & Kevin
Ages: 23(Meghin) 24(Kevin)
Status: Dating for 3 years
How did you meet?: We met through a mutual friend and started hanging out within our group multiple times a week. We stayed as friends for over a year before dating!
When did you realize you were in love?: We were friends for a while before dating. In fact, I always said that there was no way we’d ever date (when my friends pushed the issue) because we became such close friends. But, I was in a bad car accident in April 2012, in which I acquired a Traumatic Brain Injury. I was in the ICU for a week and he was by my side immediately (and he brought me Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups…I could barely comprehend what was going on at that point but that was true love at its finest for me.) Even after leaving the hospital he was at my house every night. Then, one night we kissed, it just happened. 3 years later and we’re more in love each day. We’re best friends, and it’s the most amazing relationship I could ever ask for.
What qualities in each other make you a good match?: He’s intelligent, hard-working, goofy, and very loveable. We’re very similar while being very different (sounds crazy but that’s exactly what it is). We have “worldly” conversations and share our opinions all of the time. He’s a pro-golfer and I’m completing my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. We’re eclectic in our likes/dislikes and beliefs. We just mash well together.
What is your perfect date night?: Honestly, we both work a lot. He puts in 80+ hours a week during the warm seasons here in NY. A perfect date night for us is just being able to relax with a movie and a couple of beers; nothing fancy at all but it’s perfect for us.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a couple and how did you get through it?: I’m a Leo, he’s a Taurus…for those of you who follow astrology, that’s enough said. We butt heads over certain things and there’s certainly been a disconnect in the past. My injury, and his lack of understanding of it, has certainly put our relationship to the test. We’ve grown to face challenges much better these days but we’ve had some serious bumps in the road. Communication is key in everything, and we’ve gotten so much better at that.
What is one thing you would like to improve about your relationship?: I think there will always be things to be improved within a relationship. No relationship is perfect and never will be. I’d prefer it that way, and so would Kev. Because we’ve been through so much together in such a short period of time, we try not to pick apart what needs to be improved. We’re happy right now, that’s all that matters.
What advice would you go back and give yourselves when you just started dating?: Our situation is a little different from the norm, in that I think I would have liked to bring Kev to all of my medical and neurology appointments. I feel like if I had made it a point in the beginning he would’ve had a greater understanding of how my injury affects me and how we could work through issues when they came up. But, with that said we’ve done a good job. I give us an A for effort, for sure. Being more aware of focusing on how we communicate would be some good advice for us too.