Cheesy, but true: Many times, love finds you in the most unexpected of places. It's the advice we give our single friends who are ready to give up on love, and it's the mantra we keep close to our hearts when we're convinced we're going to be 40, single, and living with 20 cats. For Roseann Sdoia, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor, this old proverb couldn't be truer.
After being rushed to the hospital in the wake of one of America's most tragic bombings, Sdoia was more focused on surviving a blast than the possibility of finding lasting love. But her mom, a self-proclaimed matchmaker, insisted her daughter be hooked up with the good-looking firefighter, Mike Materia, at the hospital.
"She was like, 'Oh, did you see that firefighter? He's so cute,'" Sdoia revealed in a New York Post interview. "And I was like, 'Mom, I just got blown up.'"
Of course, mom was right about their apparent chemistry all along, as the two are set to be married in a small wedding later this year.
Recalling the horrific events that unfolded in April 2013, Sdoia remembers how Materia rushed to her aid after the pressure-cooker bombs went off. He even rode with her all the way to Massachusetts General Hospital, comforting her with his kind words while she was understandably scared for her life. "I asked him if I was going to die. And he told me that I was going to be OK, that I only had a flesh wound," Sdoia said.
With her sustained injuries, she ended up having to get her leg amputated to save her life. But that didn't stop Materia from visiting her bedside in intensive care. "I was probably not the nicest to him from the get-go. I was in pain. But now we laugh and blame it on the morphine," Sdoia recalled. "He's seen me on my worst day."
Weeks later, the two had become close friends — and by June 2013, they went on their first date. With a love story like theirs, it was only appropriate that Materia's proposal be epic in nature as well. He enlisted the help of their dog, Sal, by having him wear a dog tag that read, "Mike wants to know...If you'll marry him." PSA guys, a girl will never say no to a puppy proposal. Just sayin'.
As for Sdoia, we have a feeling she believes in fate. "I do feel that, in a sense, some things happen for a reason."