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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SHE learned she had multiple sclerosis nearly 12 years ago. Her husband Tom stands by her - In sickness and in health ...

article provided to me by Bobbie V.

From CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tom and Vera Forkner, married for more than 30 years, learned of Vera's MS 12 years ago
  • Vera's change in mobility changed their relationship because they can't go out on adventures
  • Research shows women did not fare well in marriage if they were the sick partner

  • (CNN) -- Tom and Vera Forkner have loved each other for more than 30 years."As you can imagine, it's been everything," Vera said as Tom laughed.
  • "It's been up and down; it's been smooth; it's been rocky. We've been through a lot together," she said, smiling.Including Vera's multiple sclerosis diagnosis almost 12 years ago.
  • "The first thing was just fear, because we didn't know what was going on...fear, concern and worry for Vera," explained Tom.Vera says it was like a death in the family.
  • "It was like the death of a loved one. I'd get up every morning and the first thought was, I have MS," explained Vera.
  • For the first four or five years her disease was fairly stable and their lives seemed almost normal. Vera, who was in her early 40s, was taking a MS drug that kept her disease under control.



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