11/01/2012 09:57 am ET

It Happened To Me: I Fell In Love With A 500-Pound Man

I wake up to the clatter of metal hitting hardwood and a thump. Next to me, my boyfriend is on the floor. Our metal-woven platform bed has partially collapsed. My side of the mattress remains on its perch, but the other half makes a lean-to against the floor. Broken bits of metal peek out from the mess underneath Alex. A deep moan rises from his belly and grows into a wail.

"Come on," I say. "Let's get up."

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