Jesse Cottle, 28, is a former Marine who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan in 2009. After spending months recovering in the hospital, Jesse met his future wife Kelly, 24, in San Diego at a swim meet during one of his first outings with his new prosthetic legs. Kelly said about him, “His personality and who he is just outweighs his injuries by so much that you forget about it after a while”.
Jesse’ response was, “If I hadn’t stepped on that IED I wouldn’t have met her, I wouldn’t take it back ever.”
The pair married last year.
Kelly told KTVB, “It’s cool because we represent a lot of people, couples that are going through the same thing and so it’s just an honor to be able to represent that.”
Jesse added, “The photo really says it all, I actually look at it very much as a symbol for our whole relationship in general. She’s physically carrying me, but there’s times where she’s carrying me emotionally. It’s a perfect representation of who Kelly is.”
What an amazingly inspiring story that has touched the lives of many. Jesse is not just a hero for stepping on an IED, he’s a hero because of the way he has handled his situation and how he chooses to continue his life with his positive attitude.
The happy couple just celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Aug. 18 by eating the top layer of their red velvet wedding cake.
Most often, love is confused with infatuation – that “high” feeling we get when we “fall in love.” This kind of “love” is something that lasts typically for a very short time, and unless replaced by true love, results in broken relationships.
True love between man and woman is reciprocal giving – giving without conditions and demands for repayment, because such is the nature of the world.
Those who stop giving, loose their ability to love.