Peter began forgetting all the memories he created with his wife, and eventually, he forgot about her too. But that didn’t stop him from falling in love with her again.When a Connecticut man was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 53, his life changed drastically. He started to forget about so many important things in his life, and about the people that made his life so special. But through his brain fog, he still had a grip on how much one woman meant to him. He loved his wife so much that, even without recognizing her, he asked her to marry him again.
Since his diagnosis and the onset of symptoms, Lisa watched as he slowly forgot about their 20 year-long partnership. While she held on to all their happy memories, she could tell that she was the only one revisiting them. She tells CBS Evening News:
“It’s the saddest part. Because, you wanna reminisce, and you’re alone in the memory.”
After a few years, it wasn’t just that Peter didn’t remember the memories he and Lisa shared – he didn’t remember who she was anymore. It seemed like he only saw her as a caretaker among many. But it wasn’t that easy to shake the feelings of love.
Despite losing his memories, Peter still gravitated towards the woman he no longer recognized as his wife.
Although it was clear that Peter didn’t know that she had been his wife of many years, he began to lavish attention on her. It was almost like he was trying to sweep her off her feet all over again, like they had just started dating.