Feel-Good Friday

Peter and Lisa Marshall have been married for twelve years, but recently Peter has contracted Alzheimer’s Disease. Peter has been struggling with his memory, and doesn’t remember Lisa is his wife. Then something happened…

Love is wonderful the second time around, but it can be all the more special if you don’t remember the first time. For Peter Marshall, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s, forgetting his past has meant a bittersweet chance to fall in love with his wife Lisa and ask her to marry him all over again.

Peter and Lisa have been married for 12 years. At 56, his illness has progressed rapidly, but no matter what turn his condition takes, Lisa remains steadfastly by his side because even if he can’t remember her name, he knows that he loves her and that she loves him.

“He doesn’t know that I’m his wife. I’m just his favorite person,” Lisa told NBC News 4 New York’s Ida Siegal. “I don’t need to have a label. I don’t need a name because our hearts are connected.”

Last winter, as the Connecticut couple sat on the couch watching a televised wedding, Peter had an inspiration. Not realizing they were already married, he proposed—and a surprised Lisa happily accepted.

And so a date was set. Vendors who knew Lisa’s event planner daughter donated their services to make the day perfect. Throughout the touching ceremony Peter beamed at his bride, while sometimes through tears, Lisa smiled back as she made her vows.

It’s entirely too dusty in here.

6 thoughts on “Feel-Good Friday

  1. Sometimes my wife drives me crazy, but she is still my best friend. This story reminded me of that. I lust after all sorts of hot women, but my 71 year old wife is still the hottest woman I know and spending my life with her has been a great adventure. We renewed our vows at 25 years. It will be 47 years this November. I hope at 50, she will renew them again. She was very embarrassed at the first renewal and I’m sure will be at the second.

    My sister died of Alzheimer’s, so I hope I make it to the 50th without ending up like the guy in this story. Thanks for posting it, I think I will go give my lovely bride a big hug.

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  2. RG – I’m already having issues with memory, which is why I have been exercising every day. I don’t want to be like this when I’m older.

    Evan – Yeah, it’s a great story.


  3. What a lovely post! Evidently I’m allergic to this particular feel good Friday post. Time for a kleenex to wipe away the tears.


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