When Love Heals
Through The Healing Lens
of this special couple
I am delighted to introduce you to a most remarkable couple, Rachel and Bill, featured in the stunning image above. I was mesmerized by this photo when I first viewed it, and asked Rachel if I might display it in a post, and share her heartwarming story with my readers and friends here. She was honored.
Rachel and Bill met September 9, 2010 on a Facebook online support forum consisting of a group of patients coping with hip dysfunction, pain and surgical decisions. Slowly, and in spite of their respective pain and struggle, they discovered a magical connection across 800 miles. There were four months of letters before they met; And then, through the stressful rigors of surgery and a lengthy difficult rehabilitation, they became each other’s support, encouragement, motivation and hope. Their story is a beautiful testament to the fact that, every now and then, love shows up where we least expect it… and can, literally, change worlds. “He is my angel” were Rachel’s words to me this morning, after thanking me for seeing the magic, not only in this image, but in their love story.
I will never forget when I met Rachel on this same support forum, and we first chatted about our ongoing mission to overcome the hip problems and pain…we compared rehab strategies and surgical experiences. It was then that she told me of her new blossoming romance with Bill, one that was born of both physical pain and emotional challenge. I was deeply moved and uplifted, and now, I am doubly delighted to include each of you in the celebration, and beautiful spirit of their history.
With great joy, I dedicate this post to the beautiful union of Rachel and Bill.
They were blissfully married on September 8, 2012 .
Their story of love, healing and inspiration
has touched many lives.
Blessings and Love to them
OH RL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG ! TRIUMPH !!!!!!!!!!!
WOW WOW WOW 🙂
love never fails my sweet xx it cannot !
Blown away …………….
and LOVE LOVE LOVE XX 🙂 WOW .. WOW WOW …………
December 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM
Cat ~ soooo happy you are the first commenter here today — I know this one is all YOU! Thank you so much dearest friend ~ Sending loads of love and hugs xxoo and WOWs right to Canada ~ xo RL
December 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM
RL – ! My heart just exploded with joy ! had to share it – one of the most beautiful things i have ever read and most importantly FELT ……….
MAJESTIC – TRANSLUCENT WITH INNOCENCE – I don’t have the words – to explain ……? i was just redoing my site …. and then needed a break —
and then – POW ……………..
Magnificence Jumps through and stops everything 🙂
I love You xo
and I hope You can take photos one day when i get married to the right man ….:) xx
i will stop rambling – seriously – !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you are One cathartic Lady …………..
You bring alll the beauty out …..:) You just do ….
you know how i attach all feelings to music ….
You Know xx well You stopped my heart with this post and it started again with this beautiful song .
May they live HAPPILY EVER AFTER ……….
AND BEYOND ALL THE BEYONDS 🙂 XO
LOVE YOU XX
need to write you soon – it’s been a while xoxoxoxoxoxo
will write you tomorrow – after i recover from this ! = YOU XXXX
BEAUTIFULLLLL X 10000000000000000
December 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM
Oh Cat — I hope one day I can do photos – and a poem and post for you! Would that not be incredible? Rachel and Bill will be touched by your offering of this stunning musical piece ~ and fairytale wishes for them. This is truly a romantic story … and such evidence that all things are possible. Love you dear friend ~ Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 1:02 AM
Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
Absolutely beautiful. This blog is spectacular Ms. Lee.
December 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM
Heartfelt thanks to you Mr. Jueseppi B. I agree ~ a beautiful story this is! So very thrilled you enjoyed it, and as always, honored for your reblogging! Much Love ~ R:
December 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM
Inspirational post are great. When you deal with hatred and racist idiots all day long as I do, your post are magical. 😉
December 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM
Really beautiful, Robyn. Your poem speaks volumes. Love has incredible power to bring us together in ways we never could have imagined. Thank you, and I hope you are well, my friend. ❤ Blessings, Erin
December 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM
Thanks so much dearest Erin! It is an amazing testament to the power of love isn’t it? Rachel and Bill can teach a lot by the clarity of their example here ~ So happy you enjoyed! Much Love ~ RL
December 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM
I think the refrain is effective in poetry just as in oratory and song. You may enjoy two poets I follow: sixthsymph and stillfugue.
December 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM
Thank you Carl ~ yes the refrain here just seemed right … did not think much about it… this poem was first draft and mostly wrote itself. It is interesting you mention song though… several have mentioned to me that my writing has qualities of good song writing… Truly I know not what I’m doing – just having fun! I will definitely be checking out sixthsymp and stillfugue … love to learn! So appreicate and much love to you ~ R
December 4, 2012 at 8:46 PM
lovely couple. Wishing them a Good Luck. and your poem was indeed moving.
December 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM
That is so sweet nightlake ~ Rachel and Bill will be ecstatic to read these comments and feel all the good energy here. I am thrilled you enjoyed dearest friend! Good wishes your way ~ Love, R
December 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM
I got teary looking at their beautiful photos – wonderful post, Robyn and your poem is so full of hope.
We just found out that my mum does have a hip fracture so I am off to pick her up and take her to hospital again. She refused to stay in hospital after her fall a few weeks ago so I am mad at her. Then yesterday’s CT scan showed head of femur fracture. I hope the hospital admits her this time.
December 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM
Thank you dear Julie ~ yes Rachel and Bill’s story is quite a testament to hope and healing. Thought it perfect for my blog-theme.
Oh gosh I am going to keep your Mom in prayer… I’m sure they will admit her with fracture, but keep me posted. It is sometimes difficult to heal these, especially in elderly. I hope she is not in too much pain ~ fill me in when you know more! Sending you love ~ xo R
December 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM
What a wonderful tribute to love-it really does heal. Thanks for sharing this, Robyn.
December 4, 2012 at 8:09 PM
Jane, thank you so much dear friend… yes this was a perfect story to tell to demonstrate the healing power of love. I am so glad you enjoyed sharing in this. Much Love ~ Robyn
December 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM
Brilliant and moving! Such a wonderful story.
December 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM
Thank you Jill! Yes – I’d been very much familiar with this inspiring story for some time… and then when I fixated my vision on this image – I though — I need to share Rachel and Bill’s amazing experience with my blog friends too! So glad you enjoyed!!! Sending Love ~ R
December 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM
Very nice…beautiful story…beautiful people. 🙂
December 4, 2012 at 8:23 PM
They truly are Scott… and shows how powerful love and technology can be. Thank you so very much dear one! ~ Robyn
December 4, 2012 at 9:09 PM
Most welcome, Miss Robyn. 🙂
December 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM
Robyn, That poem is amazing! Your are an amazing writer……..I loved hearing the story that sparked the poem and you are right, love is found in the most of unexpected places and times. Keep writing!
December 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM
Oh wow ~ thank you Ronda!! I’m so glad you were touched by this. It is a wonderful story and this is a gorgeous special couple. I’m blessed to know them as their story unfolded… and help celebrate with them through my blog. Also, thrilled to know you are enjoying my writing… you can say you knew me when we typed on the old fashioned IBM Selectrics 🙂 ~ remember those days!? ~ xxoo Love YOU!
December 5, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Nothing like finding a soul that could ever possibly understand your pain…gorgeous Robyn. Very very lovely story to read. Thank you for sharing.
December 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM
Aww. thank you so much Lady Day! I have to agree with what you so eloquently expressed… something about the validation and understanding that is just sooo incredibly powerful. Yes ~ this is a story that teaches so much. Just thrilled to be able to share it here…. Much Love ~ and Hugs Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 12:47 AM
December 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM
Thank you so much dear Noah ~ so pleased you enjoyed! Much Love ~ R
December 5, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Your poem was lovely and prepped us for an equally-lovely story! Thank you so much for touching our hearts with this post!
Sending you strong healing energy,
December 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM
Thank you from the heart dear Lisa! The poem came with such ease this time…. I think because I know this couple and their history and all the feelings were bubbling right to the surface as I began to type ~ almost no thinking at all 🙂 I am so happy you enjoyed and am always grateful for your warm healing thoughts my way. Much Love ~ RL
December 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM
it’s great when creativity flows from a vein of purity. yours was truly a beautiful post! i am glad that you are able to turn your pain outward and tap into your goodness. many people would choose to surrender or be negative. you are a beacon in the night for many.
December 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM
Thanks z – that is so kind of you to say. I find it is best medicine for me to do this… the other way would not serve me — and surely lead me further into decline… this is much more appealing… So appreciate your loving heart here ~ xxoo
December 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM
What a wonderful story, gives hope.
Thank you for sharing.
And a lovely poem as well.
December 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM
Benjamin ~ thank you kindly dear friend. Yes … it does open the heart to read about this amazing couple’s connection and the circumstances that brought them to connect. I am thrilled you enjoyed the post… and as always – sending you love and blessings ~ R
December 5, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Beautiful story Robyn….such great inspiration from you here…..xoxomeryl
December 4, 2012 at 9:02 PM
Thank you so much Meryl! Yes – Rachel and Bill teach us that anything is possible ~ if we keep an open heart and hopeful spirit. Love them ~
xxoo Much Love ~ R
December 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Wonderful story, pictures, and your poem, thank you,
December 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM
Steve thanks so very much! I am just very happy you enjoyed. I also found their story amazing ~ and was then inspired to write the poem and post their story to share with the world. So appreciate your feedback ~ Love, Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Your poem equals the exceptional beauty of the lovely couple and their love story. Blessings to all of you.
December 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM
Oh Robyn ~ that is such a lovely comment. I did want to do justice to this amazing love that I was lucky enough to witness as it unfolded (albeit from afar). The story has stayed with me …and now just so thrilled to be able to give it a platform here. Blogging can be a fantastic thing!! So happy you enjoyed ! Much Love Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 12:59 AM
So beautiful…thanks for sharing
December 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM
So welcome boomie ~ and thank you for your lovely words… have to admit – creating this one was super sentimental, and great fun! Love ~ R
December 5, 2012 at 1:04 AM
Robyn, such an incredibly beautiful poem to honor this brave couple with. It shows the true beauty and generous spirit that is you. 🙂
December 4, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Heartfelt thanks LuAnn. Really it was my honor to create a post around this incredible story. I always felt sentimental about this couple ~ and having been witness to the unfolding of their great romance ~ through less than perfect conditions, I was truly inspired to do this tribute. It seemed the perfect match for my blog theme… and hoping it inspires others to realize that all things are possible. Very thrilled you enjoyed dear friend ~ Love to you and yours ~ Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 1:11 AM
You are one beautiful young woman. It is an honor to know you through your words. 🙂
December 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM
Love is magic! This post is so magnificently inspirational and shows the true power of love…I still believe in the power of love! Thank you beloved friend for sharing this and reminding me (and everyone) that love can and will conquer ALL things! Sending all my love, prayers and hugs to you dearest Robyn ♥♥♥♥ !!!
December 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Dearest beloved Christina ~ YES! For you and me too…. there is so much to take from this story. With an open heart, and that pure belief that you have… in the power of Love ~ all things are possible. Rachel and Bill are a brilliant example of this. Think of you always ~ and sending back much love and hugs to you sweet friend ~ Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM
such a warm and uplifting story Robyn! I loved each letter of this post. You are such a bright spirit, bless you my dear ` xxo
December 5, 2012 at 1:04 AM
Thank you so much lovely poojy! I am just ecstatic that you too found this inspirational and uplifting. I am just so happy to be able to tell the story here… and share with friends like you. Blessings and love always, RL
December 5, 2012 at 1:17 AM
How perfectly wonderful. And the story of Rachel and Bill shows that across the miles, love can still find a way.
Thank you for sharing the poem, the photos and the story 🙂
December 5, 2012 at 1:58 AM
Thank you so much Alastair! Yes I agree ~ some things are simply meant to be. I am so happy you enjoyed this combination. Was fun to create!
Much Love ~ R
December 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story Robyn. Its just so wonderful.
December 5, 2012 at 3:09 AM
Yaz, thank you so much dear friend. Yes – pretty wonderful when love can find its way in, even when so unexpected. They are a lovely pair – and I’m just so happy for them. Sending hugs ~ R
December 5, 2012 at 9:59 AM
“Love Surprises Us”. YES ❤
December 5, 2012 at 3:17 AM
So true dear Neera! The best kind of surprise too!! ~ Thank you with love 🙂 RL
December 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM
So uplifting Robyn. Thanks so much for posting this beautiful story. Love and strength to you, Ruth xx
December 5, 2012 at 4:31 AM
Thank you so much Ruth. Yes – it is one of those love stories that just makes you take pause and appreciate that so much is possible despite the challenges. They are a great example. Hoping you are feeling stronger and so happy you are out and about here in our blog universe ~ xo Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Been away since the beginning of the weekend and have had to just take quick looks at all 312 blogs that have stored up on me… but this one I could not pass by… I loved the opening words and as usual looked at a perfect picture… then read further and looked at the wedding photos… now I have to ask the question… is this Rachel your twin.?? Or are these photos of you and yours.????
December 5, 2012 at 7:10 AM
Thank you sweet friend! So glad you enjoyed the post. Now you are funny with this question my dear bulldog…. Rachel is a lovely young newlywed (just married in September) and me… well it was 1987 that I was “blissfully wed” 🙂 ! Truth is Rachel and I became friends online too… through the same hip group (Facebook) that she met her beloved, Bill on! Always loved the story behind their connection, and was inspired to feature it here (I admit — am a hopeless romantic!!) ~ Welcome back — missed you and all your gorgeous photos. Lots of Love xxoo R
December 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM
But her photo and you gravatar you could be twins….
December 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM
LOL! Yes – you are right – we could be sisters couldn’t we ?! Same coloring and smile ~ I take this as a compliment – Rachel’s a beauty! You are so sweet bd! x
December 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM
What a wonderful story! I LOVE love! ♥
December 5, 2012 at 7:54 AM
Thank you so much Jewels! It really is a great story of love and healing. So agree! xxoo Love Love as well!! ♥
December 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM
Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing. Yes, love heals!!!!!!!! I LOVE their photos. This story inspires me to renew my vows again with my hubby. We do it often and it always makes me feel sooooo happy and loved. Sending you love xoxo
December 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM
Thank you dear sweet Tara! I think this story is just so enchanting — and does lift me up whenever I revisit it. What a wonderful idea – you have renewed our vows before??? Oh I love that idea…. When you doit this time, I will do a special poem and post with your story — which will be as incredible and wonderful as this one!! Lots of Love and a big hug for your upcoming journey xxoo R
December 5, 2012 at 10:10 PM
WOW! Words cannot express as I read this i remember back when I was with Rach in DC and she was explaining the gift of a thousand boxes that bill sent 🙂 Thats when I was introduced to him verbally by RN and I knew there love and blooming love was vastly deeper and wider than she has ever felt before and vise versa. I knew he was the man and she was the woman for him! There was just this deep gut feeling and Tom created this with such beauty and Love….it is inspiring to say the least! Love you all!! xoxo
December 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM
Oh Katie ~ thank you so much for sharing this little bit of inside information. Now I need to find out what was in the thousand boxes??!!! 🙂 I’m sure something wonderful. Seems like your instincts about Rachel and Bill were right on ~ and what a perfect “happily ever after ” this has become. So happy you enjoyed the post… Much Love ~ Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM
This is pure love in each line. Robyn, one of the most beautiful love poems I’ve read. Extraordinarily written about love, for love, from love. Hugs! Millie. P.S. pic is gorgeous too
December 5, 2012 at 6:06 PM
Millie thank you so much for seeing the various facets and intention behind this post. You are so right – love all around this couple which is what makes their story and triumph incredibly special…. So thrilled you enjoyed – yes – I adored this photo too ~ and I always appreciate your presence here…. Blessings and Love, Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 10:17 PM
What a story!…. may their love never fade..
Love & Light
December 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM
Thank you so much Mira ~ it is a pretty amazing story… I think really exemplifies how anything is possible in the face of love ~ So appreciate your warm wishes for the newlyweds too ! Blessings ~ Robyn
December 5, 2012 at 10:19 PM
An Opus of love. If life were a symphony and Rachel and Bill two instruments out of tune (their struggles with physical pain,surgeries and emotional trauma), the love they found and exchanged has indeed created a most glorious Opus with all the regalia that would accompany same. They are an amazing testament to the true power of love and I am so very happy for the joy and happiness they have found in one another. You’ve captured the essence of their experience and love of one another brilliantly sharing not only the wonderful photograph of them but also your romantic, moving and beautiful poetry. Thank you Robyn. This is an outstanding Post dearest friend of mine. All my love to you this evening! xxooxx
December 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM
Penny this comment is just so beautiful… like an epic love story in and of itself. “I life were a symphony…” — that is such a wonderful way to envsision life at times… I will remember… and how the Opus of love evolved ~ incredible isn’t it? So happy you got to particapite in the celebration here with me too… It is amazing how the internet can open up all kinds of doors for sharing such wonderful things. Thank you so much for appreciating and enjoying this post. As alaways, means the world to me ~ xxoo Love to you dear friend … RL
December 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Always a personal pleasure for me where you’re concerned Robyn. I love your blog and your postings. I have since the first time I visited. Feeling as if I’ve known you for much longer is a great feeling also. So – all in all – easy to say the things I say when I really really mean them. Much love to you bestest friend, Penny xxoxx
December 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM
Oh my god … As if I came alive again on this … Every now and then .. I wish I were in a dream ..like this …
December 7, 2012 at 1:17 PM
Thank you so much dear Tarek. Yes ~ every now and then….it is so special to get to share and celebratie this way. Very glad you could enjoy this love story, and participate in the excitelment of Rachel and Bill’s union. Sending good wishes your way ~ Robyn Lee xo
December 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Thank you so much for inspirational post. There is good out there, and hope for everyone.
December 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM
Thank you so much dear William! I do agree ~ this story certainly teaches us that!! ~ much love, RL
December 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM
What a beautiful story, Robyn.
Thanks for sharing it.
That’s one of the great things about the internet – it provides forums where like-minded individuals can ‘meet’ and share.
December 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM
Thanks so much Victoria. It really is ann inspirational story. I agree ~ the technology opens all kinds of doors that might otherwise never even be imagined. Pretty amazing to think about… Sending much love ~ Robyn
December 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Beautiful poem and thought. I liked the way it read as you scrolled down.
December 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM
Bumba, thank you so very much for your kind words. I appreciate and am very glad you enjoyed! ~ Warm wishes, RL
December 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Loved this. Thank you.
December 8, 2012 at 11:37 PM
So much thanks dearest Sam ~ knew you would enjoy this romantic story of love and destiny! xo RL
December 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Really beautiful poetry, I look forward to your posts. Best wishes!
December 9, 2012 at 1:52 AM
Thank you so much~ truly appreciate your visit and welcome! Love to you ~ RL
December 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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December 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Thank you soooo much for this lovely honor and your lovely compliment. I appreciate wholeheartedly ~ and congratulate you as well for this much deserved award. Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn
December 11, 2012 at 1:25 AM
What a wonderfully uplifting story!
December 11, 2012 at 2:19 PM
Thank you so much Kitt!! It really was an amazing story to watch unfold ~ so glad I could share it in an artistic post for them… Much Love ~ RO
December 12, 2012 at 2:03 AM
Robyn, what an exquisite poem to complement such a beautiful and inspirational couple … I loved reading your poem and their story. Love, faith and hope; true gifts for our souls. ~ Much love to you, Julie xoxox
December 15, 2012 at 3:48 PM
A very exquisite tribute as only your heart can do and share…the image, and message your words send are always meaninful and lasting. Thanks for sharing Robyn your posts are always a true reflection of what lives within your heart…God bless!
December 17, 2012 at 8:03 AM
So touched by this Wendell ~ thank you dear friend. This was an emotional post for me, knowing the unfolding of this lovely Love Story… Was honored to be able to share and create poetry around such a wonderful union. Very grateful for your loving words … and thoughtful comments always ~ Love and Blessings to you Always ~ Robyn
December 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Oh Robyn, once again, such beauty on these pages — in your poetry, in the pictures you have shared. THANK YOU for your beautiful spirit and your willingness to share it. Yes, this is how love is — love surprises us! Where there was once “tightness”, harshness, and no hope…love sprouts. Love shows again and again and again its magnificent power to heal. I don’t know why I’d still be surprised every time this happens, but I am! Many blessings. so beautiful. Lisa
December 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM
Lisa – thank you so much for this!! This was a fun post— felt like a journalist getting to report on a “happily ever after” love story ~ and extra special that I became friends with Rachel right as this was all unfolding. I am thrilled you enjoyed – and yes — the moral of the story – “Never doubt the power of Love — or when/where it will show up!!”… and the healing – well what could be a better bonus than that! Love to you and yours during this holiday season dear friend ~ Robyn
December 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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Thank you so much robyn lee for sharing lovely story. Really i like this story. Keep it.
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