Let me tell you about my wife. She is the love of my life. While working in an independently owned pharmacy prior to my graduation from pharmacy school, this beautiful, red-headed, young lady came into the pharmacy to complete an application for employment. I told the pharmacist immediately that he should employee her because "I know that she will be an excellent employee."
He chose to employ her; and, she was an excellent employee. He must have thought so because he chose to pay for our honeymoon. Fast forward to the present. Eighteen months after selling my pharmacy, I was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia (LBD). Being diagnosed with such a horrific disease altered our plans. I had planned to work until I was seventy years old; however, at sixty-three years old, I began experiencing problems that no physician had been able to establish what might be taking place. Selling the pharmacy proved to be very traumatic for me and a downward spiral took place.
My wife and I have remained faithful to each other for forty-five years this August. During my years of owning the pharmacy, she endured my workaholic behavior. Most always I would work from sixty to eighty hours a week. There were times that I might work one hundred hours per week. I am not proud of that today; but, I am thankful that she stood by my side.
Since my diagnosis in June 2012, we have been drawn closer together. We are still able to dream about our future together. Really, the only the thing that changed is that our love for each other has grown deeper. We take time each day to tell each other, how much we love each other. We are able to talk about the difficult journey that might lie ahead and plan for the best way to travel it..
Even with the emotional roller coaster ride of LBD, I think God that I enjoy every day with my wife. I know without a shadow of doubt that God will provide whatever we might need to face the challenges that might lie ahead. All in all, live is good!
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.