Man With Alzheimer's Forgets His Wife, But Then Falls In Love With Her Again

Man With Alzheimer's Forgets His Wife, But Then Falls In Love With Her Again

It's a heartwarming moment captured on camera when Peter Marshall, a man with Alzheimer’s, forgets his wife but then falls in love with her again.

Lisa Marshall says her wedding day was incredible. It’s a day she will never forget even though her husband has...twice.

This is a story that test and strengthen the bonds of love—even in the wake of memory loss. For those who have encountered this ugly disease, we know just how much Alzheimer’s takes—nearly everything. The memories, the shared experiences, and the stories of a life built together. But one thing always remains: love.

Peter was at the spry young age of 53 when he learned he had the devastating disease that wouldn’t kill him but it would take something far more precious. He would gradually lose memories and the time he had left with his wife Lisa. Eventually, he completely forgot the life they built together. He forgot his wedding day and eventually the woman he called the love of his life. But to Lisa, she was still very much Peter's wife even though her role had shifted to his caretaker.

"It's the saddest part because you want to reminisce, and you're alone in the memory," she said. But even when he couldn't remember Lisa's name, a vapor of their shared love sparked something inside. He started courting her and one evening, as they were watching a TV show, a wedding filled the scene. Peter was holding Lisa’s hand when he pointed to the TV 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 he got this grin on his face and he said, 'Yeah.' So he fell in love with me again," Lisa said.

So, Lisa staged a wedding for her ‘already’ husband. It was another enchanting event surrounded by family and friends who supported the couple. Lisa couldn’t believe how lucid Peter was that day and the days leading up to the wedding.

"I can't even describe to you how magical it was. He was so present. And he was so happy. And it was very touching," she said even though she was prepared for Peter to forget. Even though their wedding day was full of love and miracles, reality set in the very next day when Peter's memories disappeared. But Lisa doesn’t regret saying, “I do.”

"I'm the one who's going to remember that. And that's going to help me heal later, because it really is a true love story," she said. There is so much that this fallen and broken world can take from us, but we have this promise—that love remains. Even if it’s in fleeting memories on this side of Heaven, we know we are promised to be full, whole and restored by Jesus’ side.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

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