Extreme Love Stories
The bitter and very public battle finally ended in divorce. Donna resigned herself to a life of being alone—but destiny had another plan.
Out of the blue, Donna received a call from Ed, a long-lost high school sweetheart. The surprise of hearing from her first love made Donna's knees weak—she immediately sat down and said a silent prayer: "Please don't let this be about fundraising."
Donna and Ed were married in 2003. What song played at their wedding? "My Boyfriend's Back," of course.
Both agree that the circumstances—good and bad—leading up to their reunion happened for a reason. "It's a blessing that we have the opportunity to learn a lot of life's lessons and make mistakes in the past and learn from those, because this is forever. And it really doesn't get much better than this," says Ed.
After getting to know each other from the inside out, Casey and James were married last year. James says he doesn't understand why Casey wanted to change her appearance—to him she was already perfect. But he does admit that he was floored by her big makeover: "I lost it. She was drop-dead gorgeous."
Casey revealed a new look on Oprah: she's 8 months pregnant!
Brenda and Bart were young, crazy about each other, and secretly engaged when Brenda became pregnant. They wanted to marry, but her parents insisted that she put the baby up for adoption. The loss of their son drove a wedge between the young couple and Brenda and Bart slowly drifted apart. Eventually they both moved on with their lives, married other people and had other children. They lost touch, but Bart never lost hope. He always carried in his wallet a picture of his newborn baby boy.
Twenty-six years after breaking up, Bart decided to search for Brenda online through Classmates.com. Within an hour of receiving his e-mail, Brenda and Bart were chatting on the phone like teenagers.
Brenda and Bart discovered they were both divorced and arranged to meet. They fell in love with each other all over again… and the very next day, they began the search for their son.
It was a reunion 27 years in the making and the resemblance between the three was undeniable. Brenda and Bart, already engaged, felt their dreams had been answered, but there was another precious surprise on the way. A month after reuniting with Andy, Brenda found out she was pregnant!
Andy was there to welcome his baby sister in to the world and even picked out her name—Madisyn.
Here's where David enters the story. Years ago when he was in the Navy, David had checked a box on a form agreeing to be a potential bone marrow donor. Although doctors had told Diana her donor would likely be of Puerto Rican heritage, David (of Scandinavian decent) was a perfect match! David's bone marrow saved Diana's life.
Diana wanted to thank her anonymous angel in person, but for months he declined. Eventually, he relented and they talked on the phone. When they finally met, their instant friendship turned into mutual attraction. They developed and long distance relationship and fell in love—now they're engaged!
Ed knew they couldn't outrun it so he told Helen they had to hold onto each other. After the first wave hit, Helen was knocked unconscious. Ed thought they had survived…then the second wave broke and they were forced underwater.
"There was no doubt in my mind it was over," says Ed. "And I asked myself a question: 'I wonder how long it takes to die?' It wasn't even important. I just wasn't ready to give her up. I wasn't going to do it. So we held on."
Miraculously, Helen and Ed survived. A stranger in a canoe rescued them and got them to safety. Days ago, Helen and Ed returned to the site where they were swept away by the tsunami. "It looks as peaceful as the day we got here, it feels strange, it feels almost surreal," says Ed. "I think I had a lot of fear about going back, but I felt pulled there and I needed to go back. It was important and part of the healing process. And when I left the island, I think it was healthy thing because I saw hundreds of volunteers of students and kids working on the island to restore it. And I think that was probably the biggest memorial."
Though both Helen and Ed bear the physical and emotional scars of the tsunami, they've hired a delivery skipper to help them complete the amazing journey they started.
Learn how Oprah's Angel Networks is helping tsunami disaster victims.
When Leon saw Nakkia coming out of a restaurant near Harpo Studios, he boldly asked her for her phone number. Nakkia took a chance, never expecting he'd call her. But Leon called the next day and they dated for six months. Unfortunately, Nakkia wasn't ready for a serious relationship and broke up with Leon. Five months later, when she was still thinking about him, Nakkia tried to call him but Leon's number had been disconnected. Broken-hearted, Nakkia thought she had let "the one" get away.
Fast-forward 14 years. Nakkia was shopping in a mall when she bumped into…Leon! "I thought I was dreaming," says Leon. "I hugged her and didn't want to let her go." Now Leon and Nakkia are inseparable and will be getting married in August.