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An inspirational story. It just popped up on the Global News web site here in Canada.
Man with Alzheimer’s forgot he was married to his wife. So they got married again

Larry
Great!, they also linked my blog - most of the news sites didn't even mention the celebrant and I - we both did it for free to help them :)
Just looking at the reporter's name again, she contacted me two days ago and I told her to contact Caters for right to use the images. She replied that she already has rights to use the video so wouldn't worry about the images - obviously the reason she posted the link to my blog for pictures.
 
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Incredible story paired with fantastic pictures. The love and admiration shines crystal clear through the heavy fog of Alzheimers. Likely will be one of the fondest days of their life together.
 
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When I do a search now an Instagram post hits the top of the list and it has 164000 views!

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Good story and set but the only thing I would do is use flash to expose for the bright sunlight.
I had a flash at the ready and would have done that but due to his condition I was asked not to do anything that might upset him. I didn't want to get closer and have a flash blasting in his face..
 
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Sad news. I was recently contacted by a songwriter to inform me that a song had been written about their story. I contacted Linda today and she was in tears, she informed me that a few weeks ago during the lockdown "Mickey" ended up in hospital and she wasn't allowed to visit him - they didn't think it was going to be serious but sadly he passed away due to a heart attack. This is the letter:

To Linda Joyce,
I wrote a song, or rather lyrics, about your second "wedding" to Michael (Micky?) after reading a story about it in the Washington Post by a wonderful writer named Allison Klein. When I read her story it brought tears to me eyes, and I just had to write about it. I wanted to send it to you, but didn't know how to reach you.
Robert Keelin, a friend and musician from a Washington, DC area songwriting group to which we both belong, offered to write a melody for the song, and he recently recorded it. I'm including a link to the song and copying the lyrics below. I hope you like the song, but we would welcome any reaction you might have. To top it off, though we didn't know how to get the song to you, Robert was able to reach Desmond Downs, since his website/blog is linked in the Washington Post story. Desmond was kind enough to provide your email address, and yesterday he also mentioned the song and put a link to the recording at the end of his story on the wedding! It was so wonderful for me to see the two of you and see the wedding ceremony and celebration in his photographs. I loved it.
Your experience was very touching for me for a couple reasons. First, my late mother had Alzheimer's, and I marveled at how my late father took care of her, sometimes with some frustration, but always with love. That helped me relate a little bit to your reactions as related by Ms. Klein. Also, my wife of 42 years (her first name is Joyce!) and I had one of our best vacations ever in New Zealand a few years ago. It was so special for us. I'd been once before just to Wellington on a business trip but had not really seen the country and met the delightful people.
So I hope you don't mind our telling your story as best we could without ever having met you or talked with you. I tried to stay true to Ms. Klein's telling of it, even using some of her your and her language where it fit. Again, any reaction, criticisms, or suggestions would be most welcome.
Finally, Allison Klein's story appeared in the Washington Post under the heading "Inspired Life," which is a feature she oversaw in the newspaper for a few years. Your story certainly inspired me. I am sure that it inspired others in Desmond's portrayal of it. I hope the song that Robert and I created will inspire even others.
And I hope you and Michael are both doing well during this pandemic.
Roy Gamse
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The link to the song is: https://soundcloud.com/robbie-kdc%2Fdeja-vu-5-28-20-wav That link now also appears at the very end of Desmond Downs' piece on the wedding: https://www.springbokphotography.com/blog/2018/1/21/a-special-wedding-shoot
Here are the lyrics:
Déjà Vu Wedding

Michael and Linda were married
They'd been wed over thirty-eight years
But Michael's lost much of his memory
Now lots of his past disappears
He's forgotten he's married to Linda
But he loves her, that's certainly clear
So, out of the blue, with tear-filled eyes
He proposed, "Will you marry me, dear?"

Chorus
What do you do when your world spins around
And you're living a deja vu
You do what you can to capture the joy
Say of course I will marry you


Linda thought that he might not remember
But the next day when he awoke
He asked "When will we get married?"
Those were the first words he spoke
So she asked on the neighborhood website
If someone would say a few words
And Desmond a local photographer said
He'd take photos for those two lovebirds

Chorus
What do you do when your world spins around
And you're living a deja vu
You do what you can to capture the joy
Say of course I will marry you


Bridge
On that morning Michael remembered
Told her happily, "Today's the day"
They said their vows by a scenic lake
And they danced as bagpipes were played

Linda says there's been lots of frustration
When memories are all but destroyed
But despite all of the fogginess
That day had been a pure joy
For Michael 'twas a beautiful wedding
He'll remember as long as he can
For Linda 'twas precious and memorable
Deja vu all over again

Chorus
What do you do when your world spins around
And you're living a deja vu
You do what you can to capture the joy
Say of course I will marry you

Of course I will marry you
 
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