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A man of a certain age came to the clinic where he worked to have a wound on his hand healed. He was in a pretty hurry, and while he was healing I asked him what was that so urgent he had to do. He told me that he had to go to a nursing home to have breakfast with his wife who lived there. He told me that he had been in that place for some time and that he had very advanced Alzheimer’s.

As I finished bandaging the wound, I asked her if she would be alarmed in case he was late that morning.

He did not tell me. She does not know who I am. He hasn’t recognized me for almost five years.

Then I asked, puzzled: and if you no longer know who you are, why the need to be with her every morning?

She smiled at me and patting my hand she said: “She doesn’t know who I am, but I still know very well who she is …”

I had to hold back my tears as I walked out and I thought:

True love is not reduced to the physical or the romantic.

True love is the acceptance of everything that the other is, of what has been, what will be and what is no longer.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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