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  Last night at a wedding, listening to the vows, made me think of our wedding. I asked Ron, “did we promise all that?” His reply, “Don’t you remember?” So long ago – but we’ve certainly lived it. Richer or poorer. Sickness and health. Till death do us part.   The last five years have put…

Four years ago, my life changed dramatically when my husband, Ron, became too ill to work. I cancelled my upcoming speaking engagements to care for him. When his job was terminated due to his extended medical leave, I stopped writing. I was wordless. For a time, it seemed as if we had lost everything. Looking…

Three years ago, my life changed drastically when I became a full-time caregiver for my husband. My husband, Ron, had a number of medical conditions, the worst being a deteriorating spine that was unstable. On x-rays it looked like the collapsing columns of the roman coliseum. Though he had been in pain, he kept working…

Ronald, from the minute the first pregnancy test was positive – you embraced fatherhood wholeheartedly. After waiting 34 years to become a parent, you relished every second of the experience. You could change a diaper like a pro, extract man-sized burps from small infants, and sooth them to sleep with your lullabies.   As our little…

Many times over the years, I have been around sick people. I owe them an apology – and unfortunately, many of them are not here to receive it. You’re probably wondering, “What could she have done now?” Well, let me tell you. When visiting at the hospital, their homes, or just running into them, I…

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