An Unexpected Story That Began With A Text From A Wrong Number
Love stories can be quite beautiful, sometime so much that they make the news. People always tend to ask couples how they met and sometimes, you get to hear a story amazing that you can’t help but have tears in your eyes. This is the story of Henry Glendening and Kasey Bergh, how they met and how it changed their lives. The amazing thing is that it all started with a text.
The relationship between Kasey and Henry started with an accidental text. The two had never met each other or even known that the other existed. Kasey was on a business trip when she sent a text to her colleague that accidently found its way to Henry, a total stranger at that time.
The Courteous Response
Most of us would have ignored such a text from a wrong number. However, Henry was not a regular guy. He texted back, saying that she had the wrong number and that he would totally hang out with her if he wasn’t so busy with work.
The Ensuing Friendship
Seeing that there was a chance to start a new friendship, the two started to text each other often and found out that they had more in common among themselves than with other people. The texts started to turn into long emails and they began to discuss mutual interests. They found out that they were both interested in the law of attraction which states that positive thoughts can help you attract things that you focus on.
Suspicions Of A Secret
Even though they had a lot of things in common, Henry became suspicious that Kasey was hiding something. He soon found out that Kasey was 30 years older than him and when she told him that, worried that he would get awkward about the age difference, she was surprised to find out that Henry did not care for it at all. He said that he would love to get to know her better regardless of her age.
The First Time That They Met
Kasey had four tickets to a Third Eye Blind concert and she thought it would be the perfect way to meet Henry. Both of them had plus-ones to the concert. Coincidentally, neither of their dates showed up for the concert and they both ended up attending the concert together. Henry stood behind Kasey and placed his hands on her waist. Kasey was a bit hesitant and awkward at first but she wanted to see how things played out.
The Second Date
For the second date, two days after the concert, the two decided to meet up at Kaldi Coffee. Kasey showed up early and ordered an Iced Mayan Mocha, her go-to drink for the summers. Another coincidence happened when Henry showed up with the same drink in his hand.
Having Too Much In Common
Apart from the same choice of beverage, Kasey and Henry also shared many other personality traits which got them both wondering if it was fate pushing them closer to each other. Henry even remarked that from the beginning, he felt that the two of them were vibing on the same wavelength.
The Hurdles Along The Way
At first, the chances of turning the friendship into a relationship seemed to be quite slim since Henry was already in a relationship with another woman and Kasey had given up on love after 6 years of being divorced. Henry had his own problems in life. His relationship was not going well and his job in retail was also making him unhappy. To take a break from everything, Henry decided to go on a solo trip to figure out what he wanted from life.
Overwhelming Emotions Along The Way
Henry did not have a particular destination in mind. He just wanted to hit the road and travel west without anything from his normal life bothering him. He did just that and reconnected with his spiritual self. As he was driving through Kansas, he came across a sunflower field and felt a jolt of emotions. He started to feel Kasey’s energy in the sunflowers.
The sunflowers were the thing that made Henry take a detour from his soul-finding trip. He took a breather on the side of the road and plucked a sunflower that he kept on the dash of the car for the rest of his trip. Henry and Kasey did not know each other well at this point of the story and yet Henry was feeling a closeness to her. He started to realize that his feelings for Kasey were not just any simple crush.
Going Back On His Words
Henry had told Kasey that he would not contact her during his trip since he wanted to find out what he wanted in life. However, just a few days into the trip and Henry began to feel intensely about Kasey. Everything on his way reminded him of her and he faced a dilemma. He wanted to tell her how he felt and yet he did not want to go back on his word. In the end, he caved into his feelings and left her a voicemail saying, “I love you.”
A Surprise For Her
When Kasey heard the voicemail, she was very surprised. She did not know Henry well enough to give him a reply and yet, she found herself listening to Henry saying that he loved her over and over again. She had sweared off of love and yet she had met this guy who loved her with all his heart and they had a connection that ran deeper than words.
Making The Decision
Lucky for Henry, Kasey decided to give love a second chance. The two friends became a couple. Both their families and friends were quite happy with their decision and they accepted the fact that they were meant for each other. Not a single person voiced any reservations or doubts about the couple.
A Good Fit
The two of them were always meant for each other and say that they always complete and complement each other. Kasey is the spontaneous one who loves the outdoors while Henry is more of an indoor guy that likes to think things through. They say that they bring out the best in each other and that their personalities go hand in hand.
Defining The Purpose
Henry’s life was going nowhere. He was stuck in a dead-end job and was in an unhappy relationship before he met Kasey. She helped him on every level and also encouraged him to find his potential and helped him reach new heights.
Following His Passion
Henry was always into software development and Kasey helped him follow his passion. She got him a job at a software development company. Henry found it easy to get out of the rut that he was stuck in and it was all because of the constant and gentle push in the right direction by Kasey.
Up Against A Storm
Like any other relationship, Kasey and Henry faced many ups and downs. There was a lot of miscommunication between them and they had everyday issues just like any other couple. However, they never fought about the age difference between them but it was difficult for the outside society to accept the unorthodox couple.
Breaking The Hipocrisy
There are many wealthy old men who date younger women but the reverse is rarely seen. The thirty year age difference between Kasey and Henry was too much to swallow for the people other than their friends and families. “You can’t blame them,” Henry said. “It’s not a relationship you see very often. One that defies the age stereotype.”
“Initially, there was that social anxiety, that people would think he was my son,” Kasey said. She was a successful executive working for Purina and felt the anxiety of the relationship around her coworkers, all of whom were high up on the corporate ladder. However, after attending a series of work functions together, Kasey felt the anxiety and insecurity wearing off and she became more secure about her relationship.
Taking The Next Step
It had only been 2 months since the two started dating but Henry and Kasey realized that they wanted more out of the relationship. They decided to move in together. Henry had been living with his parents up until this point and Kasey had her own place. After his parents agreed to the change, Henry moved into Kasey’s apartment.
Moving In Was Not Enough
After two years of dating her, Henry began to feel that the relationship should advance to the next level. He decided to propose to Kasey at Vin De Set, the restaurant where the couple had their first drink together. He had planned to pop the question while Kasey’s favorite song was playing over the intercom in the restaurant.
Ensuring A Smooth Proposal
After the couple arrived at the restaurant, Henry went to the bathroom. He found an employee of the restaurant and told him about his plan to propose. He gave the employee his iPod in which the song was already loaded up. Walking back to the table, Henry dropped down on one knee while the song played in the background.
With Led Zeppelin’s Thank You playing in the restaurant, he began his proposal. Vin De Set did not usually play songs like that and Kasey knew that Henry had planned the proposal in advance. “I knew he had arranged that too. It’s not a song you’d hear in a place like that.”
Without a doubt, Kasey accepted Henry’s proposal. The two had come a long way in their lives. Both of them were in a healthy relationship and they were far from the strangers that they were two years ago.
Meant To Be Together
What started with an accidental text was now turning into a relationship that was in the peak of its life. Henry and Kasey both say that even during the days that they had started a friendship, they never felt like strangers to each other. They knew that they were meant to be together from the moment that they met each other.
The wedding was scheduled exactly three years after they had first texted each other. They decided the venue to be the flood wall of the Mississippi River, which is covered by graffiti by the local artists of St. Louis. It was one of Henry’s favorite spots and an ideal place for the couple to tie the knot.
The Threat To Life
Kasey had an underlying health condition that soon became the focus for the couple. She required 3 to 4 dialysis treatments every week for her failing kidneys. She had previously received a transplant from her sister a couple of decades before the couple met each other. They had discussed this during their dating period and Henry knew the day would come when it would be a problem.
Decision To Stand With Her
Since Henry knew before marriage that Kasey would require a new kidney in a few years, he was not going to let it come between them. He was sure of Kasey being his soulmate and he decided to stand by her unconditionally. However, Kasey had gone through this before and knew that there were slim chances that she would receive a kidney anytime soon.
Marriage On The Rocks
An average waiting period for a kidney is five years. It seemed like Kasey was looking into years of dialysis and they are quite painful since it was very difficult to find a donor. It had been only two years since the couple got married and things were becoming difficult. Henry had planned a life and a future with his wife, all of which had to be put on hold.
Desperate For A Solution
Henry was determined to find a solution to the problem at hand. He decided to check if he was eligible to donate a kidney to Kasey. He underwent several tests and the odds were against him. Doctors told him that out of the 240 kidney transplants that happen in an year, almost every kidney comes from relatives and not spouses.
Henry was eagerly waiting for the test results. In theory, he was a match but there would still be a risk that Kasey’s body would reject the kidney. Henry decided to stand against the risks and donate a kidney to his wife without any hesitation.
An Immunologic Soulmate
The doctors found out that Henry had O blood group, meaning that he was compatible with all the other blood types. Another surprising thing was that Kasey had low antibody count which meant that the chances of her body attacking the incoming kidney were also low. The doctors summarised the situation as, “Not only did she marry her soul mate, but she married her immunologic soul mate.”
Telling Them How They Met
When the couple told the doctors and the other hospital staff about the story of how they met, the doctors welled up with tears too. The couple made many friends at the hospital simply because of the amazing way in which they met. Everyone they told the story to loved it and wanted to get to know the couple better.
Saying The Goodbyes
John Herlihy, a friend of Kasey, came along to visit Kasey on the last day of her dialysis. Henry was along him and everyone from the local coffee shop also came in and wished the couple the best of luck for the upcoming procedures.
The Operation Day
It was the day of the operation and Henry and Kasey went to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. They were just a few hours away from the being moved into the operating theatre where the doctors would transfer the kidney from the husband to the wife. Henry was assigned a room and he said his goodbye to Kasey. She asked him if they were really doing this thing and with a beaming smile, Henry assured her that he would do anything for her.
Was Henry Going To Have Second Thoughts?
When Henry was being prepared for the surgery, the doctor talked to him and his dad about the surgery and the risks that were involved in the entire process. In the meantime, Kasey was being taken to another room further down the hall.
As we said before, Henry was always the logical one in the relationship. He approached this situation with the same cool and calm manner. He said that it was logical of him to donate a kidney to his wife since there would no problems for him living with a single kidney. Kasey believes, to this day, that Henry acted out of love and not out of logic.
Both the patients received an all-clear for their surgeries and it was time for them to go into a recovery period which would keep them apart from each other. This was a difficult time for the couple. Henry was supported by his parents who kept him company until he was able to visit his wife.
Kasey woke up to a beautiful bouquet of sunflowers in her hospital room. This was a welcome sight after a night of numerous bouts of nausea. The flowers had always been the couple’s thing ever since Henry got her the sunflower from his trip all those years ago. Henry had ordered these flowers days before since he knew that they would immediately cheer Kasey up.
Tired And In Love
Henry came with his parents to visit his wife and the couple looked at each other with tired eyes that were full of love and ecstasy over the success of the surgeries. Once the recovery process was over, Kasey would no longer require to undergo the weekly dialysis treatments.
Stocking Up On Medicines
After being discharged from the hospital, Kasey and Henry continued their lives in their home. Kasey had to undergo a very strict and complicated medicine regiment so that her body did not reject the kidney. She had to take more than 11 tablets in a day while Henry did not have to take as many pills daily. However, he was still confined to the house until he could fully recover from the surgery.
Passing The Time
The couple knew that if they were to pass the time while they recovered, they would require a hobby to keep them occupied. They decided to go back to Henry’s favorite toy as a child, Legos. Henry had already purchased a set and was building it while he waited for the all-clear from the doctors.
Taking Care Of Her
The couple was prescribed regular walks so that they could get their strengths back. It was a great opportunity for them to bond even more over their love for each other and all things philosophical. Kasey used to get tired quickly which is why they would take naps during the day and then continue with the rest of their day.
Henry’s Advice For All
For everyone out there, Henry suggests that they should sign up to be an organ donor in general. Becoming an organ donor can increase the chances of someone getting an organ in time and it can save up to 75 lives every year.
Getting New Friends
For added support, the couple got four feline friends in their home. The cats served as a welcome distraction and had helped them during the difficult days as well when Kasey was getting the dialysis treatments. The bundles of joy had gotten the couple through the toughest times.
Getting The Frame
Henry and Kasey wanted to remind themselves of the time when they got together for the first time. That is why, they got screenshots of their text messages framed. These pictures hang in their apartment and reminds them of the mutual attraction.
Catching The Story
The couple had create quite a buzz in the local community. Their story was picked up by a local newspaper which published their story and very soon, the story went viral. The couple began to receive messages of support from people all over the world.
Doing Something For The Fans
In order to keep their fans updated on their life and relationship, Kasey and Henry started a blog that allowed the readers from all over the world to get an intimate view into their lives. They post pictures and videos of the places that they have travelled, their future plans, and their common interests.
People all over the world approached the couple to ask about a movie or a TV show about their relationship. The couple politely refused them all since they want a little privacy in their lives and thought that the blog was enough.
Their Advice To All Couples Out There
The couple says that five things were responsible for the success of their relationship, words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. They advice couples to create a combination of all these things in order to make their relationship long-lasting.
The Celestine Prophecy
The couple reads books all the time and they say that it has helped them gain quite a perspective on life. They recommend The Celestine Prophecy for all their fans. Henry had lost a friend and the book was able to provide him an insight in his life.
The couple is also a great fan of couples counselling. They say that it helps to clear all misunderstandings and avoid miscommunications. It also helps people to remember the important things in life and keep in mind the love that they are fighting for.
A Part Of A Plan
Kasey and Henry hold a spiritual entity or the universe responsible for bringing them together. They believe that their coming together was all a part of a bigger plan. Kasey said that she believed that opportunities would always come knocking at her door and one such opportunity was in the form of Henry.
An Update On Health
A few months after the couple went through the kidney transplant, they could be seen engaging in fun activities like going to a ball game. Some believe that their recovery period had gone so well that they might even hit a few home runs themselves.
A Happily Ever After
This was one of the couples that truly deserved a fairy tale ending with a happily ever after. They had undergone several hardships in their lives and with hard work and perseverance, they were able to stand the test of time and prove that love has no limits.