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When Marie Marley, Award-winning author of ‘Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer’s and Joy,’ met Edward Theodoru while he was teaching French at Northern Kentucky University, it was the beginning of a 30 year friendship. As Alzheimer’s began changing her dear friend in front of her, she had to begin looking inward to discover the true meaning of love.

Caregiving can be incredibly challenging. One must have an abiding love and stamina to persevere. While caring for Ed, I discovered something important about myself. I discovered I actually could find the energy to keep it up day after day, year after year. I realized that my friendship with Ed trumped the tribulations and exhaustion that went along with it, and no matter what else impacted our time together, that love matters above all else.

Read More Here (H/T to the Huffington Post):
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marie-marley/what-i-learned-about-love_b_5862072.html

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