Strug­gles with ill­ness and stress brought the new par­ents to their knees

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Entertainment -

Since mak­ing their emo­tional de­but on The Last Re­sort last week, Gold Coast cou­ple Jodie and Stu have struck a chord with thou­sands of view­ers.

Af­ter eight years of what Jodie, 34, de­scribes as a “fairy­tale” mar­riage, and the birth of their two beau­ti­ful lit­tle girls, tragedy struck when Stu, 39, was in­volved in a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent in 2015.

It left him bedrid­den for a year and suf­fer­ing from post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der, and trig­gered the cou­ple’s “sex­less mar­riage” – which led Jodie to sign up for the show.

“When the ac­ci­dent hap­pened I had a five-week old baby, as well as my first­born,” says Jodie.

“I had a lot on my shoul­ders and it was a re­ally hard year.”

Now Woman’s Day can re­veal the cou­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced d even more heart­break – Stu’ss re­gret at be­ing un­able to bondnd with his youngest daugh­ter, now two, af­ter her birth.

“I was heav­ily med­i­cated so I pretty much missed thos those se first two years of her life. It was pretty heart­break­ing,” Stu adds.

“Be­fore the ac­ci­dent, I loved life and didn’t have a care in the world. But I did a 180° turn.

“It broke me to the point that do­ing nor­mal, every­day things like wak­ing up and go­ing to work was dif­fi­cult. It was re­ally tough.”

While the pair can’t con­firm if their mar­riage has been saved thanks to their time on the show just yet, what’s clear is that Stu is in a far bet­ter place than he was a few years ago.

“Our el­dest daugh­ter no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant change in her daddy when he came back,” Jodie says.

“She just looked at him and said, ‘Daddy, you look dif­fer­ent. You look happy.’ It was amaz­ing.”

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