Elderly man writes heartbreaking love notes to try and slow progress of wife’s dementia
By Jimmy McCloskey - Metro
A devoted husband writes his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife a heartbreaking love note every morning to try and slow the killer disease. John Sevanick has been happily married to wife Mary for 55 years, and now serves her up a reminder of his love each day at breakfast. One note John, from Connecticut, gifted Mary recently read: ‘I offer the gift of me…this day ‘For Mary, my pretty, my soul’s heart.’
Mary was diagnosed five years ago, and is still aware of who John is, with the optimistic couple determined to see her illness as ‘a new adventure.’
John added that Mary’s illness ‘in a weird sense’ has helped him see ‘how wonderful this past few years has become.’ Mary has signed up to multiple clinical trials, in a bid to try and give herself more time with John, and to try and help find a cure for others who will face the illness after she dies.
Explaining her reasons for participating in medical research, Mary told WTNH: ‘Just want to be a part of it all; you know just to help it and help other people.’ The couple previously adored riding bikes together, with John now building a special tricycle that allows him to ride with Mary as she sits in her wheelchair. He said: ‘Mary and I, for decades, would ride bikes together – separate bikes – and I’d have Mary in front of me all the time, and I love just watching her ride; enjoying the experience.
‘Well, for the last four-five years, you haven’t been able to ride with me…’ The couple have also been inspired by a famous Albert Einstein quote, in which the professor said: ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. ‘To keep your balance, you must keep moving.’