A wife married her husband after Alzheimer’s disease took away his memory. She wants others to find joy in the midst of loss.
Andover, Connecticut – Peter and Lisa Marshall’s wedding day was unforgettable, according to Lisa. But her husband soon forgot her.
“It’s the saddest part because you want to remember, and you’re alone in the memory,” she said for CBS News in 2021.
In 2018, Peter was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In the end, he forgot not only his wedding day, but also his wife. Lisa just became another little-known caregiver.
However, a whisper of their love must have remained—because suddenly, as Lisa said, her husband began to flirt with her, as if they had just begun dating.
One day, when a wedding scene was shown on TV, Peter pointed at the screen and said, “Let’s do it.”
And I said, “Do what? And he pointed again, and I said, ‘Do you want to get married?!’ And I took this smile on his face and he said, ‘Yeah.’ ‘He fell in love with me again,’ said Lisa.”
Lisa accepted his proposal. In 2021, she already has a wedding for her husband.
“I can’t even describe to you how magical it was. He was so present. He was so happy. And he was so touching,” she said.
Lisa said Peter hadn’t been this clear in weeks. But it was a Cinderella moment. The clock strikes midnight and by the next morning, their second wedding ceremony has been lost to fog. But Lisa said she totally expected that.
She said at the time, “I’m the one who will remember that. It will help me heal later.”
Unfortunately, it came later. Peter passed away about a year ago.
Lisa now advocates for other Alzheimer’s patients and their families. She has also written a book called Hello Alzheimer’s.
“I wanted people to understand the devastation of the disease, but mostly, I want people to continue to find happiness, and really focus on being with their loved ones,” she told CBS News recently.
Do this and say that Alzheimer’s disease will never defeat you, it will make your love invincible.
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