When Illness makes a Spouse a Stranger

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A very moving story in the New York Times, When Illness makes a Spouse a Stranger, provides a moving testament, contained in an article and a video, of the commitment required when a spouse becomes a stranger.

When Michael French was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, his wife Ruth was told that the best way to describe this type of dementia is that the brain atrophies.  This dementia is not like Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia.  Frontotemporal dementia strikes younger people and progresses much faster than other dementia.

How does one continue to have a relationship with someone who has become a complete stranger, especially one’s spouse?  Ruth says that what is left in their relationship is love – that’s all – and that’s enough for her right now.

This story, and the accompanying video, are very moving and somewhat intense, but very much worth viewing.

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