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SHE learned she had multiple sclerosis nearly 12 years ago. Her husband Tom stands by her - In sickness and in health ...
Posted Feb 09 2010 12:00am
article provided to me by Bobbie V.
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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