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Real Life Notebook! Story Of This Man Who Lost His Wife To Alzheimer’s Is What True Love Means

1:34 pm 10 Sep, 2018

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We all are caught in a society that has become accustomed to using technology to express their love to one another. From sending emojis instead of words to a simple ‘ILY’ text to people we barely know, the definition of love has changed over time. Evidently, there are people all over the world who define love in various ways, but there are only a few times when we come across the meaning of love which is so pure that it restores our faith in this eternal emotion.

Recently, we came across the inspiring love story of Mr. Maroo from Mumbai on the official page of Humans of Bombay which touched our soul from the very core. He and his wife had a typical arranged marriage in which both did not have the chance the see and meet each other before marriage. However, time passed and from total strangers, they became each other’s best friend in the marriage.

“We led a simple life — she shouldered the responsibility of the house & supported me in everything. I always listened to her. There was a time when our business wasn’t doing well & we had to move houses — she stood by the family like a rock.”

 

 

From traveling to Banaras every year to enjoying a hot cup of tea in the mountains of Switzerland, Mr. Maroo and his beloved wife had a marriage without any grudges.

“She passed those values onto our sons, who she raised effortlessly. She was the pillar of our home. Then I retired & we started spending all our time together — it was bliss.”

 

 

However, at the age of 70, Mrs. Maroo was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But it never changed his love for her. While she developed a tumor and grew weak, he stood by her all the time.

“It broke my heart to see her like that. In the last 4 years, she forgot who I was…she was suffering every day. I just accepted & tried my best to make her happy for the time we had left together.”

 

 


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And sadly, she passed away on July 31, after the couple shared their last cup of tea. Now, Mr. Maroo is learning to live without his life partner.

“In that time, I realized that I loved her so much that even death didn’t make me afraid. I took her for walks, to temples — anything to make her feel normal. Maybe that’s love — selfless service. On 31st July, we had our last cup of tea together at 5 in the morning and then she passed away peacefully. In these last 12 years, I’ve never left her alone for more than 30 minutes, and now I’m learning to live without her.”

 

 

Mr. Maroo’s inspiring love story reminds us of the simpler times when love was selfless and filled with unconditional efforts to make each other happy.

 

 

Have a read at his inspiring love story on the Official Humans of Bombay page:

 

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“My wife & I hadn’t even seen each other before getting married — none of us knew what love was before that. We got to know each other after…we became friends first. We led a simple life — she shouldered the responsibility of the house & supported me in everything. I always listened to her. There was a time when our business wasn’t doing well & we had to move houses — she stood by the family like a rock. We visited Banaras every year & I still remember enjoying a hot cup of tea in the cold mountains of Switzerland with her like it was yesterday. It was a marriage without any grudges — we never held onto anything bitter. She passed those values onto our sons, who she raised effortlessly. She was the pillar of our home. Then I retired & we started spending all our time together — it was bliss. This one day, she had to sign on some papers, when she forgot her signature — I took her to the doctor & he told us she had Early onset Alzheimer's. She was 70. My world fell apart, but we had to deal with it. She became weak & even developed a tumour — after her surgery, she became psychotic. There were times when she was afraid of everyone in the room, paranoid that someone might harm her in darkness… including me. It broke my heart to see her like that. In the last 4 years, she forgot who I was…she was suffering everyday. I stopped aiming for everything to be ‘okay’ — I just accepted & tried my best to make her happy for the time we had left together. In that time, I realised that I loved her so much that even death didn’t make me afraid. I just didn’t want to see her suffer. As she slept on the bed, I used to sleep on the couch nearby, in case she needed anything. I took her for walks, to temples — anything to make her feel normal. Maybe that’s love – selfless service. On 31st July, we had our last cup of tea together at 5am & then she passed away peacefully. In these last 12 years, I’ve never left her alone for more than 30 minutes, & now I’m learning to live without her. But that’s what love is, even in death — it grows stronger; even in death it is selfless — because even though I can’t live without her, I’m happy she finally stopped suffering.”

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Do you know any more such love stories? Let us know in the comments below!

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