Kovach: Alzheimer's can't stop a love story being told

(Photo: ) Dear Chupe, Months you left us, I found an old box in the basement I’ never seen before. I opened and found piles of love , thousands of perfectly-scripted words sent between you and Grandpa back in 1939. Next to the , I found a dictionary with a pink rose he’ given you pressed next to the word love. I grew up thinking that you two were the definition of love. I remember helping you bathe Grandpa his stroke, watching you two dance on your 50th wedding anniversary, and seeing you heartbroken he passed away. You fought hard in those first few years his ; we all knew it was the most difficult time in your life. But you lived to love your family. When you were first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 15 years ago, I remember you calling me “moe Chupe, moe Chupe” in Macedonian, or “my girl, my girl.” I had looked into your big blue eyes and said “no, you’ my Chupe.” on, the name stuck. Mom and I knew that it was our to give you the love and sacrifice you’d given us. And so […]

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