Do you dream about the kind of love that not only sustains but grows stronger by the day? The kind of love that melts your heart when you think about the person even decades after the first date? The kind of love that makes you completely selfless? The kind of love that is stronger then your love for yourself?
For many this kind of love if only seen in the movies or read in romance novels but for John Reveals and his wife of 65 years it’s the real deal.
At 90 years old, John lays in a St. George’s hospital bed after being diagnosed with an abnormally low heart rate. His eyes soften as he tells documentary makers of 24 Hours in A&E about their first date 70 years prior. He remembers the details, including the date, the movie they watched, what they ate and more.
Sadly John’s wife may not recall such details, because she is now in the first stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Some days are better then others, and when the good days or even moments occur, he relishes every moment.
Even while lying in a hospital bed waiting to go for more tests the well-being of his wife is his primary concern. Regardless of his own health, he said that with her condition, “I can’t leave her alone.”
Even though there will be days when his wife may not even recall who he is, never mind the details of their first date, and even though caring for his wife may put more stress on his body, he doesn’t want to miss a single opportunity to experience the loving relationship he has cherished for so many years.
There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s, and it will likely progress. “It’s sad. But I mustn’t be greedy. We’ve had a good life together,” said John.
Watch as John tells the story of how they met and the precious moments they still share as they fulfill their vows, “to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”