A woman who married her husband for the second time last year after his dementia caused him to forget their first marriage has revealed how they had had a “miraculous” honeymoon.
Anne Duncan, 70, who lives in Aberdeen, has been with her husband Bill, 72, for almost 20 years and has been married for 13 of those years, but his dementia means he has forgotten much of their life together .
Last year, she was stunned when her husband told her he wanted to be with her forever, with the couple “getting married” in a ceremony in their garden two days later.
Speaking to the Real Fix podcast, Anne has now revealed that the couple experienced a second ‘miracle’ honeymoon after the wedding, saying, ‘We had what I called the’ marriage effect ‘, which lasted about six weeks …
‘And I was like’ Bill, do you remember I’m your new wife? And he was just hugging me, patting me on the back and covering me with kisses.
Anne Duncan, 70 (pictured right) explained how she and her husband Bill, 72 (left), went through a second honeymoon period after getting married for the second time
Bill and Anne were originally married in 2007 (left) and after Bill proposed to his wife again, they remarried in a ceremony in their garden in August 2019 (right)
The couple initially met in 2001 when Bill worked as an artist and magician, they first married in 2007 and later had a daughter named Andrea.
Three years after their first marriage, Anne noticed that Bill was behaving differently and had started to forget things.
A visit to the doctor confirmed that Bill had dementia and Anne has been taking care of him ever since.
However, last year Bill proposed to Anne for the second time after being convinced that she was his new girlfriend.
Bill and Anne celebrated a low-key ‘wedding’ together last year in their backyard after he repeatedly asked her to marry him
Speaking on the podcast, Anne revealed that Bill was in love with her and repeatedly asked when they could get married.
She explained, “He hadn’t known my name for a long time. Either way, he always called me honey. But all of this had happened in the past 12 months.
That’s why it was so unexpected and so amazing. So I just said “ok, that would be sweet Bill”. And he said “okay, well when can we do that?” “
“I said, ‘Well the girls are coming on Saturday, you wanna do it then? And he said yes.
Anne has now revealed how the couple enjoyed a ‘miraculous’ six-week honeymoon after the ‘most beautiful and unexpected’ wedding
She revealed that her husband had ‘showered her with kisses’ and hugs for weeks after their ‘wedding’ in their backyard.
“It was truly and truly the most beautiful and unexpected event of all time.
However, even though Anne thought Bill would forget everything about the proposal, he asked her every day until they reconnected in August 2019.
Anne said: “We had gone to a family member’s wedding earlier in the month, and it clearly touched Bill as he turned to me soon after and said he wanted to. be with me forever. “
The couple remarried in front of friends and family, and Anne walked down the aisle to listen to the couple’s original wedding music.
Anne said she expected Bill to forget that he asked her to marry him again, but he shocked her when he asked her for her hand in marriage every day after her initial proposal.
Anne said Bill had no idea they were already married and that the fact that they had remarried was “nothing short of a miracle”.
After their wedding, which took place in their backyard, Anne said the couple experienced a second honeymoon period.
“We had what I called the ‘marriage effect’, which lasted for about six weeks.
“Most people thought it would last a few days at most, but it’s not; it lasted about six weeks.
She continued, “It was just a completely unexpected wonderful miracle. “
What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain.
There are many types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.
Some people can have a combination of types of dementia.
Regardless of the type diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own way.
Dementia is a global concern, but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live very old.
How many people are affected?
According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, more than 850,000 people have dementia in the UK today.
It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over one million.
In the United States, it is estimated that there are 5.5 million sick people. A similar percentage increase is expected in the coming years.
As a person’s age increases, the risk of developing dementia also increases.
Diagnosis rates are improving, but it is believed that many people with dementia still go undiagnosed.
Is there a cure?
There is currently no cure for dementia, but new drugs can slow its progression and the earlier it is detected, the more effective the treatments.
Source: Dementia UK