“Until Death Do Us Part...”
Survivor Joe Ganey with wife and caregiver Peggy
In 1994, I had a major stroke. At that time, my wife Peggy and I had been married for 23 years. My life changed, but Peggy’s life and the lives of our three children changed dramatically.
Peggy didn’t hesitate to take on the additional responsibilities that were necessary following my health crisis. She conversed with my neurologist and became my advocate in consultations with my primary care physician and other healthcare providers. She handled our finances and took on household tasks, while still working at her full-time job. She administered my medications and monitored my blood pressure. She was my cheerleader throughout rehabilitation, and she kept me focused when I hit rocky patches.
When my beautiful bride promised to love me in sickness and in health, she could not have imagined what was in store 23 years from that date. We have always been a team, but now she has taken the lead, and she has done it all with a loving and positive attitude.
When a couple stands before family, friends and God and makes a marriage vow, it really is the ultimate promise of true love. It’s more than a fairytale or romantic novel — it is a lifelong commitment to the one you love "until death do us part."