It took a traumatizing experience for Melissa Dohme to find her happily ever after.
Dohme never thought she would be able to find love again after she was stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend in 2012. Little did she know, she would marry the first responder who saved her life just five years later.
“I didn’t even want to open my heart up to anything,” Dohme, 25, tells PEOPLE. “I was afraid, but then I met Cameron.”
Cameron Hill was the emergency worker who carried her beaten body from an ambulance to a helicopter for treatment on the night of her stabbing. Dohme and Hill connected 10 months later at a luncheon and tied the knot after four years of dating on March 4 in Dade City, Fla.
“It was a full circle moment,” says Dohme. “I spent the worst and the best day of my life with Cameron.”
She added, “Cameron was so great, he would always just be there for me I think in every way, even if I was really upset or had a really rough day.”
They exchanged vows in a "fairytale" wedding in front of 200 guests including six of the firefighters, EMT and doctors who treated her that night.
“It was beautiful,” Hill, 42, tells PEOPLE. “I married the girl of my dreams.”
Hill proposed to Dohme in 2015 at a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game after she threw out the first pitch.
“He’s my best friend, we’ve been such a team through [my healing],” says Dohme. “I wouldn’t want to be with anybody else!”
She continued, “Life and love after abuse is possible.”
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