Down's Syndrome Couple Married For 23 Years Rocked By Dementia Diagnosis As Mum Reveals Heartbreaking Explanation To Her Daughter
July 31, 2018 15:45 By Mambee
Everyone deserves to be happy and loved no matter what. Tommy and Maryanne, the world’s longest married couple living with Down’s Syndrome, managed to defy all the stereotypes about the personal life of people with disabilities.
Tommy and Maryanne have been married for 23 years, but both still remember the day they met each other as it was just yesterday. It happened they worked in the kitchen at a learning center for adults, and it was truly love at first sight. From that day on, they have been inseparable.
Unfortunately, 60-year-old Tommy was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Tommy is getting more and more forgetful, and Linda had to talk to her daughter about his health condition. She was trying to find the right words, but couldn’t think of any.
Eventually, she just told her daughter that her husband needs more care and support right now:
At the moment, we just say that Tommy is getting older and he forgets things, and he needs a bit more care
During one of the interviews, the host asked Linda whether she speaks with her daughter about what happens when Tommy is gone. Her answer was the following:
No, because I have to be very careful how I deal with things like that with Maryanne. Because when she was 12 her brother was killed and I have to be very careful how I approach things as far as that is concerned.
Now, the couple enjoys every moment together and it seems they are as happy as ever before.