True love is a special thing that most of us only experience once in a lifetime. But for Peter Marshall, it’s been even sweeter the second time around…with the same woman he first fell in love with.
At 56 years old, Peter suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and has forgotten much of his past, including parts of his relationship with his wife of 12 years, Lisa. This forgetfulness, of course, has had its downsides, but it has also had one beautiful benefit: the chance to fall in love with Lisa all over again.
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Through all of this, Lisa has stood by Peter’s side. Even when he can’t remember her name, he knows he loves her and she loves him.
“He doesn’t know that I’m his wife,” says Lisa. “I’m just his favorite person. I don’t need to have a label. I don’t need a name because our hearts are connected.”
But Peter doesn’t always agree; on more than one occasion, he’s decided he wanted to put a label on it. One winter day, as the couple was sitting on the couch watching a televised wedding, Peter was inspired to make Lisa his wife, not recalling that she already was.
Peter pointed to the TV and said, “Let’s do it.” Lisa was shocked at the proposal, but she also counted herself lucky to be so loved. She said yes, and the planning began.
The couple set a date for their re-wedding, and Lisa’s daughter, who is an event planner, recruited some willing vendors to help make the day perfect for them at no cost. On the day of the wedding, Peter could not stop smiling at his bride. And she smiled back through tears as she made her vows, knowing the full gravity of them as Peter’s health continues to decline.
“It was so perfect. I couldn’t have dreamt for a better day. It was so magical,” Lisa recalls. “I can’t remember seeing him so happy for so long…I’m the luckiest girl in the world. I [got] to do it twice.”
The couple has been remarried for a few months now. Peter has no recollection of either of his weddings, but he still hasn’t forgotten the woman he loves. And Lisa has been left with so many new memories with her loving husband.
True love, it seems, needs no memory. Here’s to Peter and Lisa and their lifelong love!
Check out the video below to see this beautiful love story blossom.Whizzco