Here is, Ann from Australia's, heartfelt thoughts on what love really is (you might need a handkerchief)......
I thought I knew what true love was but I didn't. I thought I had an idea what lay ahead but I didn't.
I thought we'd be growing old together but we won't. I thought we'd have grandchildren but we don't.
I thought that I'd had the most amazing life but I was wrong.
Why did true love elude me then in the former years of my married life?
Let me tell you why.
My amazing husband of almost 36 years has Alzheimers. I thought I loved him then but I love him more now.
I hate that his brain is deteriorating but love his fortitude to get through each and every day .
I hate the fact that the ability to dress himself has been taken from him but love that he likes me to assist him.
I hate the fact that he can no longer design, read, write or feed properly but love that I can read to him and help him to eat.
I hate when he gets frustrated trying to tell me something but love the fact that I have developed the patience to try to understand his words and love that he still tries.
I love just sitting in the sun with him, I can lay my hand on his sun soaked arm. The feel of his skin is still very special to me.
You see LOVE is many things.
I love in a different way now, a much more giving way , a much less selfish way . He is no less of a person to me because of this illness, in fact he's much more special to me now.
I am blessed to have found this man and spent my entire life with him. We met when I was 16 and he was almost 20. Love can be acceptance, tolerance and the realisation that your time together will be over sooner than you think. This man taught me more about love than I could ever have imagined.
I also have to accept the fact that he will one day forget that love but I love the fact that when that happens I will still have a more enduring love for him.
To me that's what love is....
Jan I love you with all my heart and soul. No matter what.....