I have waited for this moment for a very long time. On July 31, 2010 I was in a horrible accident; a little boy playing with a gun accidentally shot me. I was 13-years old. I spent six months in the hospital and the doctors didn't know if they could save my leg. For years afterward, I suffered with nerve damage and PTSD. I had scars up and down my leg. I was depressed and afraid for a long time – but then I realized something important – I am a survivor. I am strong and if I can get through that time, I can get through anything. I can meet any challenge head on and face whatever comes my way. I have to admit, I wondered if I would fall in love. I wondered if someone would see past all of those scars. Well, I do not have to wonder that any more. Five years ago, I met the love of my life and he showed me that my scars are beautiful, that my story isn't about that terrible day, it's about what came afterward, it's about love, prayer and family. Three years ago, he asked me to marry him and I was never happier in my life. Until now that is – as we get set to welcome a baby into this world in February. We should win this wedding because separately and together we have faced a great deal of hardships and challenges and we deserve the celebration of a lifetime. We know many others are deserving as well but our story is special. Salvatore's is all about love – and so are we.