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Despite her advanced Alzheimer’s, the woman I love is still in there

Despite her advanced Alzheimer’s, the woman I love is still in there

A young Lorraine and Hugh in Timaru, New Zealand, in 1972 My darling wife Lorraine can no longer walk or talk and is doubly incontinent. She now lives in a hospital bed in our Surrey front room. And yet, despite the fact that Alzheimer’s disease has taken so much from her, the woman I fell in love with is still there. Lorraine may not recognise me – sometimes she looks at me, and doesn’t even see me – but she still giggles at the sound of my voice, and smiles when I play our favourite classical music, the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus. We are both now 77 and ours is a love story that has lasted almost 60 years. Hugh and Lorraine Webb in 2006 We met on a New Zealand farm in 1969. After working as an engineer in the UK, I decided to go travelling – overland from North Africa, through Syria and Afghanistan, eventually ending up in Nelson, a city at the north of New Zealand’s South Island. I …