Steve and Camre are a couple whose love story began over 10 years ago. Unfortunately, though, Camre lost her memory during childbirth, and she couldn’t remember any of it.
Steve didn’t lose faith, though, and he figured out a way to help his wife remember their journey so far. The 38-year-old man from Michigan wrote a book named “But I Know I Love You”, and it’s filled with memories of the couple’s love story from the very first time they met.
In a movie-like scenario, his 31-year-old wife enjoys reading the book, but she still can’t remember any of the moments they shared.
In an interview for Good Morning America, Camre said that everything in the book is a memory of what they’ve gone through and what she’s “missed”. She noted that she enjoys reading the book very much, but it’s all kind of mixed feelings at the moment.
She also admitted that sometimes it’s hard for her because the book shows her everything that she’s been through and that she doesn’t have that inside of her.
There were no signs for alarm until the third trimester of Camre’s pregnancy, and then, only 33 weeks into her pregnancy, her throat began to swell up and it caused her difficulty breathing. Her husband rushed her to the hospital, and she went into a grand mal seizure.
The C-section was successful, and she gave birth to baby Gavin. Unfortunately, though, Camre had a cataclysmic stroke which affected both sides of her brain. According to her occupational therapist, Jessica Smith, Camre’s memory was completely wiped out.
Smith, a therapist at Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, told ABC News that Camre couldn’t recall memories prior to her brain injury, and she can’t remember short-term memories now.
Camre’s case is extremely rare, and she spent 30 days at the hospital after she gave birth to Gavin. Her baby was in the NICA for 36 days due to being prematurely born.
Camre was later diagnosed with preeclampsia, a condition in which the pregnancy is related to high blood pressure that reduces blood flow to the fetus, and she went into eclampsia because of the stroke she had.
The doctors weren’t aware of the full extent of Camre’s memory loss at the beginning.
Camre was behaving like a newborn too, just like her son Gavin, and she couldn’t remember simple things, like getting dressed or brushing her teeth.
She stayed at her parent’s house in the first months of her recovery, while her husband was taking care of their child at their home. One night, Steve’s focus was re-framed, and he was determined to make things work. He remembered that Camre once told him that she doesn’t know who he is, but she knows she loves him.
“That has always stuck with me. That has been the driving force behind everything.
When I met Camre, she made me want to be a better person and that’s what I loved about her. Then this happened and I just wasn’t going to give up hope that we could regain what we had. This girl, she has no idea who I am but she loves me and we’re going to make this work.” – he noted.
Camre is making huge progress at the moment, and thanks to role-playing conversations, jotting things down, and sharing a calender on her phone with Steve, she now remembers both her husband and her son.
About two years after she gave birth, though, Camre realized that she had lost her memory, and it was an extremely troubling moment for her.
According to her therapist, now it’s all about getting Camre’s confidence back, and the most important thing of all is that having in mind her seemingly unbearable situation, Camre never lost hope.
Her favorite song is “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” by Kenny Chesney, and it’s helping her get through these difficult times.