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His Fiance Forgot Who He Was. But That Didn’t Stop Him

After she forgets who he is, a man has to make his fiance fall in love with him all over again.

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This story is sure to give Romeo and Juliet a run for their money.

When Hisashi Nishizawa first met Mai Nakahara in 2006, he knew she was the woman he was going to marry. It’s like they always say; when you know, you know. After two years of dating, they got engaged on their anniversary. All the plans were in place and they couldn’t wait to start their lives together as husband and wife. But 3 months before the wedding, something started to go terribly wrong.

Mai started acting not like herself. Suddenly she was having terrible mood swings. Screaming at Hisashi for no apparent reason and before he could figure out what was going on she would burst into tears. Then, it got worse. She started not recognizing family and friends. Finally, one afternoon, she looked at her fiance and asked him, “Who are you?”

Hisashi knew something had gone terribly wrong with his future bride. He, along with her family, took her to the hospital, but doctors could not figure out what was wrong with Mai. Her condition only got worse. She suffered a cardiac arrest and eventually fell into a coma.

Everyone was devastated. Hisashi didn’t know what he was going to do, but he knew he wasn’t going to leave Mai. He loved her too much and refused to give up hope. Her family, despite being so grateful for his presence throughout all of this, insisted he move on with his life. Mai may never come out of her coma. But Hisashi insisted. He was going to marry Mai.

After five months of questions, doctors finally figured out what was wrong with Mai. She was suffering from limbic encephalitis that had been caused by an ovarian tumor. They removed the tumor but could offer little hope that she would recover. Hisashi didn’t waver. He remained by her side, certain that she would come back to him.

Sure enough, after being in a coma for a year and a half, Mai opened her eyes again. It was the glimmer of hope everyone had been praying for. But, she still didn’t remember anyone. And she probably never would. Hisashi was going to have to make her fall in love with him all over again. Something he was more than happy to do.

He stayed with her, day in and day out, as they slowly rebuilt their relationship. And as they began to fall back in love, Mai’s condition improved and she finally left the hospital three years after she first started asking strangely. And although forever confined to a wheelchair, her miraculous recovery amazed the doctors. But not Hisashi. He knew they still had a wedding to get to.

Hisashi and Mai were married in August of 2014, a full 8 years after he proposed to her. It was an emotional affair as it was something everyone previously thought impossible. But it just goes to show you, nothing’s impossible when it comes to true love.

 

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Fun and Excitement: How to Plan a Party for All Your Friends This Spring

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With everything going on in the world, it’s tough to plan a party that’s fun but still safe for your family and guests. To help you out, we’ll teach you how to plan a party like a pro.

From how to choose your theme to COVID-friendly party planning tips, we’ve rounded up everything you need to throw the ultimate spring bash. Whether it’s a birthday party, a shower, a graduation party, or just a small outdoor BBQ, think of this as your go-to party planning guide.

1. Choose Your Location

Planning a party starts with choosing your location. Due to the pandemic, many people are choosing to keep gatherings small, outdoors, or virtual. No matter how you choose to celebrate, get more information here about adorable cocktail kits to try at home.

You can keep it intimate with a small group at home or even send a cocktail kit to friends to enjoy individually at a Zoom party. Outdoor BBQs, small cocktail parties, and virtual events also keep costs down.

2. Pick Your Party Theme

Next up, you’ll want to choose your party theme. Consider why you’re hosting the event. If you’re throwing the party for someone else, go with what they love.

Showers, birthdays, graduation parties, and retirement parties should all celebrate the guest of honor. Consider a specialty drink or themed cocktail kit with their favorite beverage. Even a small gathering at home can include unique and personalized theme details.

3. Set Your Budget

When you’re planning a party, a budget will help you stay on track. Write out what you’d like to spend on food, drinks, and décor. It’s easier to stick to a budget when you have it in writing.

4. Decide on a Menu

The menu at a party is arguably the most important part. In addition to a signature drink or cute cocktail kit, make sure to have plenty of food and snacks on hand. Consider who you’re inviting and make sure to have their favorite foods and desserts.

Finger foods and heavy appetizers are great options if guests will have masks on. You can easily pull down your mask to take a bite. This is also a fun way to have a wide array of food.

5. Select Your Date and Send Those Invites

Once you have the basics covered, it’s time to invite your guests. Choose paper or electronic invitations in your theme of choice. Going digital is a great way to save on printing and mailing.

A paper invitation adds a special touch, however. With a small group, paper invites can feel elevated and custom without breaking the bank.

How to Plan a Party 101

Knowing how to plan a party starts with the details. Your drinks, menu, and theme are a great way to make your gathering feel special. From the invites to the decorations, go with unique details that will make your guests feel welcome.

Whether your gathering is virtual or in-person, you can still throw an amazing party from the comfort of your home. For more great hosting and party tips, check out the lifestyle section.

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Best Charities To Donate to To Help Animals

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A lot of people want to donate to charities that help take animals away from situations that hurt them. If you’re not sure which charity to donate to, Animal Charity Evaluators has your back. 

ACE is a California-based nonprofit company that releases annual lists of top recommended animal charity foundations, and they offered assistance by funding some of Future Perfect’s work for 2020.

Most of the charities featured in the list are focused on strategies that can get around factory farming by enforcing the transition to plant-based diets, or at the very least, by improving the conditions in factory farms. 

Focusing on factory farms makes the most sense because this is usually the site of suffering on a large scale. Unfortunately, death is not the only unpleasant process that happens on these farms, but a lot of the animals suffer a lot before they are killed. 

In these farms you’ll notice that pigs, calves, and hens are put into extremely small spaces where they have little to no wiggle room, and that the things they undergo are so horrific that there are ag-gag laws which are used to hide the details of the cruelty from the masses. 

ACE looks and promotes the most effective way to help animals, and have three main criteria when it comes to choosing and recommending certain organizations:

  • Charities must be able to produce greatest gains for animals
  • Charities should evaluate and improve their programs actively
  • Charities must present a demonstrated need for funding

With these three evaluating criteria in mind, ACE chose these organizations that you can donate to.

Wild Animal Initiative

This is a new entry compared to the other charities listed, and the goal of this charity is to research and advocate ways to assist free-range animals.

The Humane League

This charity runs campaigns that urge corporations to adhere to higher animal welfare rules, and also promotes grassroots legislative advocates.

The Good Food Institute

This charity focuses on the development of plant-based substitutes to meat, eggs, and dairy. They believe that developing plant-based options is an effective way to weaken animal agriculture.

Albert Schweitzer Foundation

This charity group has outreached corporations to promote the use of humanely raised products and they also offer legal services. They are also one of the first animal charity groups that prioritized corporate outreach for farmed fish.

If you are looking for the best animal charity group to donate to, you should check out ACE’s list so that you can look into the different charities and their advocacies and determine whether your values align with theirs.

Being able to donate to charities that help prevent animal suffering, and while it may not be you going to these farms to stop the horrors, supporting charities is an easy way to help. 

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How to Celebrate the Holidays Without Spreading COVID-19

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The holidays have always been busy and challenging for most people, considering the winter weather, coast to coast travels for family visits, and the preparations that go into each celebration. This year, it just became more of a risk to follow through with our yearly traditions because of the ongoing COVID-19 surge. Since December 7, cases sprung to over 200,000 a day and we are far from seeing a decline in the curve.

Although it has been nine months into the pandemic, it is still a challenge for most of us to determine ways on how to get around holiday celebrations while ensuring the safety of our families and friends. 

Experts are still studying the potential correlation between the most recent Thanksgiving to the rise in coronavirus cases. Nonetheless, the fact remains that social gatherings with people whom you don’t live with are going to entail risks caused by the virus. Just because you know them personally doesn’t mean that the risk of catching or spreading the virus diminishes. That said, let us all take it upon ourselves to be responsible enough in celebrating this festive season.

While it might be tempting to take that dinner invitation to be around people you haven’t seen in months, take into consideration that COVID-19 spreads quicker than the surfacing of symptoms. Anyone may look and feel perfectly fine while attending that party, only to inadvertently be spreading the virus to everyone around them. 

Take a quick trip out of town

This year’s holidays may be a call for us to get creative in finding much safer activities to celebrate. Rather than the usual parties and group gatherings, you may want to opt for a hike, a trip to a private beach, or a simple picnic in an open area without much crowds. It will give you a much-needed change in scenery and an expanse of space away from the holiday rush.

If you are looking into traveling, the safest and most recommended means is by land, using your own vehicle. As much as possible, avoid the thick crowd of strangers in airports and public transports that make it difficult to maintain physical distancing.

Make new traditions with your kids

Kids love to play outdoors regardless of the season, but somehow, they get more excited during winter. However, it’s important to note that the cold temperature makes the virus survive longer and increases the risk of transmission. Pediatricians recommend that children stay indoors or within the vicinity of their private properties over the holidays.

This may mean a little more screen time including virtual gatherings with the rest of your family and friends. Parents can also get creative with their little ones such as involving them in baking or doing crafts to decorate their tree. Despite the circumstances, this could be a great opportunity to create new family traditions that your kids will look forward to every holiday season.

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