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Bethany Hamilton, One-Armed Shark Attack Survivor, Engaged to Adam Dirks

July 5, 2013

Bethany Hamilton, a surfer unfortunately best known for losing her left arm in a shark attack 10 years ago, has exciting news to share with fans:

She's engaged!

The 23-year old, about whom the movie Soul Surfer is based, tells In Touch Weekly that she is set to marry Adam Dirks, 25, a Christian youth minister.

?I always felt it would be hard for me to meet someone because I?m different,? Hamilton tells the tabloid. ?To say I was completely comfortable looking at myself in the mirror and seeing one arm would be a lie. I just had to trust in God and know that he had someone special for me.?

The inspiring heroine met Dirks on a blind date in May of last year. They literally jumped off a cliff on their first date and have not looked back since.

Dirks proposed on a beach in Hawaii ("I cried tears of joy," Hamilton says of her response) and the couple is planning to wed this summer.

?I?m living a fairy tale,? she says. ?I feel loved... just as I am."

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