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Join host Jo Piazza as she delves into the hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring stories of couples of all kinds who’ve soldiered through unimaginable circumstances, and after the longest of days, still want to wake up next to one another in the morning.
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We followed Sarah and her fiancé Spider for nine months, through their wedding planning, trying to have a baby, a miscarriage and through Spider’s detention with ICE just a few months before their wedding. Sarah depends on Spider for more than love and emotional support. She’s legally blind and she relies on Spider to help her get through her day. She can’t drive. There aren’t many jobs she can do. Sarah and Spider have always been nervous about Spider’s immigration status but it took on a new weight and meaning once they got engaged and started to plan to have a family. They decided they wouldn’t let Spider’s status stop them from having a family. This is their journey to try to figure out how to live in a constant state of limbo. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Ashley DiBella is so proud of her husband Juan and his work. She wishes she could sing it from the rooftops, but she can’t because a lot of people have very strong opinions about what Juan does. Now Ashley wants to set the record straight about what it’s really like to be married to a border patrol agent, the dangers her husband faces, the things she’s scared of and the good things he does that aren’t usually mentioned by the media. This is the first episode in our two part season finale. The first part is what it’s like to be married to a border patrol agent. The second is what it’s like to be in love with and want to marry someone who crosses the border illegally. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
I Wanted To Matter to Someone

I Wanted To Matter to Someone

2019-06-1200:49:5517

Shannon is a survivor. As a child she was repeatedly abused and raped. She became pregnant by her rapist at age 12. She wanted to commit suicide as a teenager. All of the trauma made her believe she wasn't capable of love. She constantly felt like she had to earn love, affection and protection. And then she met Lee in college. Lee had never experienced abuse or trauma, but he knew he wanted to make Shannon feel safe and loved. Today Shannon and Lee are married with six children. This is their story of strength and bravery, of what it takes to rebuild your life and embrace love, marriage and parenthood after a childhood of abuse and assault. This is a story about what it takes to be a partner who learns how to make that survivor feel safe and how to build a family that looks nothing like the family you grew up with.  For a long time Shannon wasn’t sure if she even wanted kids. Growing up the way she had was enough to make her think she might not be able to be the kind of parent she wanted to be. But meeting Lee and falling in love with him changed that.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A New Plan

A New Plan

2019-06-0500:32:586

What’s it like to be married to a famous professional athlete. Samantha Didn’t know much about professional race car driving when she met the bad boy NASCAR star Kyle Busch. But after they fell in love she was thrust into the wild traveling circus of NASCAR. It wasn’t part of her plan. But real life isn’t about plans. Kyle and Samatha were about to embark on an incredible journey of love, marriage, infertility and hope. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
No More Secrets

No More Secrets

2019-05-3100:36:499

Maddie Corman thought that she knew everything about her husband Jace. They’d been married for 20 years. But Jace had a secret and in 2015 that secret became very public knowledge when Jace was arrested for the downloading and file sharing of child pornography. This is the story of their marriage—before, during and after. It’s a story of betrayal and one of hope. It’s about both anger and love and it’s one of the hardest stories we’ve reported and told here on Committed. Maddie is raw and honest about her pain and rage as a wife and mother. But she’s equally as honest about what it takes to forgive someone. We would like to offer a warning to our listeners. This episode contains strong language and references to child pornography and child abuse. If this is a trigger for you please consider that before listening.We also want to provide resources for victims of sexual violence.National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800.656.HOPEThe National Center for Victims of Crime https://victimsofcrime.org/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Now or Never

Now or Never

2019-05-2200:32:293

Caroline Van Hemert and her husband Pat were in their mid-thirties and the realities of adulthood catching up with them. They knew they wanted to take a grand adventure before starting a family so the pair set off on a six month, 4,000 mile expedition from the Pacific rainforest to the Arctic coast, a journey that was beautiful, harrowing and, at times, life-threatening. And in many ways that grand trip prepared Pat and Caroline to take care of each other and themselves even better before having their two sons. This is a story of love and adventure and the places where the two find one another. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
You're Different From Me

You're Different From Me

2019-05-1500:33:29

Vause and Kayden were teenagers when they met and fell in love. Today they're the first queer married couple to work together in a legal brothel. This is how they found their way to a healthy marriage, through communication, setting boundaries and finding careers that give them confidence and self-worth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Separation

Separation

2019-05-0800:32:226

Larry and Linda Drain have been forced to separate after 33 years of marriage so that Linda can get the healthcare benefits she needs to save her life.Linda has a severe form of epilepsy and the medications that help keep her potentially deadly seizures at bay cost thousands of dollars per month. But if they stay married they're in a sort of purgatory where they don't qualify for subsidized benefits and can't afford private insurance. And so now Larry and Linda have no choice but to live on opposite sides of the city. Sometimes they can't even afford gas to see one another. This is how they're dealing with the intense emptiness of being forced to live apart from the person you love the most.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Because I Love Ya

Because I Love Ya

2019-05-0100:36:212

Levi and Jared are ready to get engaged. But Levi has been keeping his relationship with Jared a secret from his family and that has to change if they want to move forward. This is a story about being honest, completely and radically honest, with yourself and the people you love before you get married.I asked Levi if he was scared, scared to tell his story in such a public way, if he wanted to use a pseudonym. He didn't. He’s trying so hard to be brave, to be honest. Levi wants to tell his love story now....all of it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Squeeze the Joy

Squeeze the Joy

2019-04-2400:32:48

Raakhee and Agan had finally gotten the exact life they wanted. Then their five month old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. That could have broken them, but instead it made them and their relationship so much stronger. Raakhee’s thoughts on gratitude and embracing adversity are exactly the kinds of things we should all try to remember on our own good days and bad. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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Sarah

Just found this podcast this morning. At 2:50 I had goosebumps like I've never gotten before. I can't wait to listen to the rest of this episode and the others as well.

Jul 5th
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Greer Denae

this was uplifting.. many beautiful prayers and strength to all the border patrol families and cops

Jun 29th
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Shauna Hensley

these life stories always makes me cry. it's so sad but so inspiring.

Jun 25th
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Nicole R

the love of couples really melts my heart. usually teary eyed all day if I'm binge listening to this.

Jun 20th
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Panda

How was he reformed? His beliefs didn't need to be changed. He just exited the group. But while he was there, he did positive things for those that the group targeted. He's kind of awesome.

Jun 19th
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Alexis B.

Thank you for sharing. My husband is 26 years older and it's shocking how much people feel the need to voice their opinions.

Jun 18th
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Kirky Kirsten

Although, I am incredibly relieved that this story ended happily. I feel there are many unanswered questions: Did she ever confront her abusers? Does she still have a relationship with her family? Who were the actual abusers? Were criminal charges ever brought against them?

Jun 16th
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rrp

thank G-d your relationship and marriage came without struggle or strife. the vicious cycle of abuse came to an end when real love was found. not all the abused become abusers or choose abusive partners. I'm sorry it wasn't until college and finding this someone that finally you could stand up to the parents .

Jun 14th
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Sharlot

That was a tough one... Pretty hard to listen to. But a very good episode.

Jun 13th
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DAPHANNE ROBBINS

Pretty cool

Jun 12th
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H. Heath

What an incredibly whitewashed and privileged view of pedophilia. We get to hear about his "sex addiction" and his wife finding her strength and her poor children. Real live children were exploited to feed this man's pedophilia. Prettying it up as a love story just makes it grosser.

Jun 6th
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Hesam S

This was the first episode I listened to, and it was astounding... keep up the good work.

Jun 4th
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Althea Washington

Wonderful episode! Grace & peace to you send your family, Maddy.

Jun 3rd
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Alex Gulino

I haven't listened to this yet... I'm not sure if I'll be able to. roughly 2 years ago my other half had a psychotic break and for a long time I've been occasionally writing to her or myself...im not sure which sometimes. I write about how hard it is trying to help her while the new person that's taken over her tries her best to be mercilessly cruel. I don't know if I'll ever get to meet the woman I'm desperately in love with again. it's possible because of her family's history that the fix could literally be as simple as supplementing some lacking hormones naturally but after trying everything I can legally and other things that aren't, I haven't been able to get her the help she needs. I can't give up and leave her alone trapped by the unassailable reasoning of the illogical, where any and everything that happens is further proof of whatever she needs to deny the truth.

May 10th
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Teresa Ellis

Alex Gulino I understand the feeling of wishing to be able to do more. My best wishes go to you.

May 12th
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Althea Washington

This is just deplorable and wrong...

May 8th
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LAKATWOMAN

I'm going through a rough time in my marriage and this is helping me keep the faith

Apr 28th
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Mafeenah

I love this episode...sooo good I listened to it twice in a row lol

Nov 29th
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Whitney Rodden

My husband and I are 23 years apart, and I can relate to so much of this. Another great episode!

Nov 29th
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Char

Just beautiful.

Nov 17th
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Gregory Daw

I've never had another podcast bring tears to my eyes as frequently as this one. Shout out to all those involved, and shout out to the concept in general. Love is a beautiful thing, that can transcend pain like nothing else. Thank you for giving me amazing perspective that I can take back to my own relationship. thank you for Committed.

Oct 17th
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