This couple’s sad, yet inspiring and heartwarming story will leave you in tears and thinking about the need of love, compassion and support.

They met in a hostel, while in the beginning, it was all about not paying attention to the other, they got to know about each other on a trip. Things changed for them and they fell in love. They started dating, and they were happy enjoying each other’s company, and not to forget they were completely head over heels for the other. Until, when the girl got to know that she got diagnosed with HIV and the world for them just came down with a thud.

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This story is not about how they feel for each other and not about how they fight together against the disease, but how the boy is supporting the girl he loves no matter what. People around abandoned her, even her best of friends, her parents don’t know yet, but he has been her pillar of strength and courage.

Read the entire story below.

“We were classmates in college, but we always ignored each other. She thought I was arrogant and rude and I just never paid any attention to her. But things changed when we went on a class trip. We ended up spending so much time together that the inevitable happened; we fell head over heels in love and started dating.
We used to spend so much together! We’d go on dates every day; movies, coffee, ice creams, milkshakes, everything — we did it all! The whole world faded away and we were just happy to be in each other’s company. That was enough for us…. Until one phone call, turned it all upside down.
I was going about my day as usual when she called — she was so disturbed and couldn’t stop crying. She’d been to the hospital for a routine checkup and her test results said she was HIV positive. The minute those words came out of her mouth, my body went still with shock — I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to cry so badly, but I had to be strong for her. I left everything and rushed to where she was. I had to be there; to hold her and tell her that it was going to be okay.
When we met, we both broke down. She kept cursing herself and kept asking, ‘What have I ever done to deserve this?’ I tried consoling her. I tried to tell her that this doesn’t change anything and god willing, she’d still have the best possible life! I reminded her of her dreams, to change the world, to travel and just explore! I told her that now wasn’t the time to give up.
But dealing with this situation meant facing a new challenge every day. She could only confide in her brother because telling her parents would probably be the end of her. Her brother supported her and advised her to just continue with her treatments. He decided that only if it becomes worse, would the parents be involved.
She told some of her friends, but not all of them were accepting. I remember there was a roommate in her hostel — they were like sisters. When she confided in her friend about her disease, she just stopped talking to her. The same night, her roommate packed her bags and asked the warden to change her room. All I wanted to do at this point was to scream and tell everyone that she needs love, not abandonment.
It wasn’t easy coming to terms with this new reality — I was, and am still scared for her, but I know I can’t imagine my life without her. I want to do everything I can to make her feel better. I don’t really know what the future holds for us, but I know that I want to be by her side, and take her through life, come what may. She’s my everything — there’s no way I’ll ever leave her alone.”

Credits: Humans Of Bombay

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