A couple have tied the knot for the second time after the husband had forgotten this first wedding 12 years ago and thought it was a new girl because of dementia.
Bill Duncan, 71, was with his wife Anne, 69, for 18 years, and married both in 2007. However, due to his neurogenerative disease, Bill has forgotten important moments from his life, with them Anne includes wife.
As a result, Bill proposed his party last week and the couple renewed their wedding vows on Saturday in their house in Aberdeen.
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“We were in a family member's marriage earlier this month, and it is clear that he contacted the Bill because he came to me soon after and said he wanted to be with me forever,” explained Anne.
"He asked me when we would walk up the aisle together, and I thought he would forget it but he asked me that, but the next day he said it again."
As she approached the animals, Anne said that a Bill had asked her about the marriage every day and that she wanted to marry her.
“I walked down the aisle with my wonderful husband, 12 years after the first wedding,” she said.
Anne said that their friends helped to decorate the garden and make a wedding cake, and that their daughter Andrea made sure she managed to buy a white dress for the couple's big day.
“We renewed our vows which were surrounded by a small group of our friends and family, and we added a few bits for the Bill and so he felt he was really getting married,” she continued.
“It was the most beautiful day, and because we were friends in the garden that we shared together, it was more perfect.” T
The pair met for the first time in 2001 when Bill was an entertainer and magician in Aberdeen. Bill was diagnosed with dementia in 2010 and her husband, who is struggling to speak, has been in charge since then.
“It can be difficult to experience life with dementia for both the sufferer and her partner, and we are always looking for ways to enjoy themselves,” says Anne, who runs a monthly disco for people with dementia. and their loved ones.
“We attended a friend's party last year, as Bill and I took to the dance floor, it was like all of our melting troubles.” T
Anne said that since the renewal of her vows, the Bill has always been happy and loving.
“The Bill has always been very important since I accepted its proposal, mocking me in kisses and bulbs,” she said.
“From his diagnosis, his affection has become scarce, so all this love is going from me.
The “newlywed” described the wedding ceremony as “very emotional” and she is happy that her husband is continuing with him after years of fighting with dementia.
“Bill is a great man and has always been delighted with the lives of others during his career as an entertainer, and he will never stop giving me pleasure,” she said.
The NHS says that dementia is not a disease itself but a collection of symptoms resulting from damage to the brain caused by various diseases, such as Alzheimer's. The symptoms can vary according to the part of the brain that is affected but it can lose memory, difficulty concentrating, mood changes and confusion about time and place.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia in people under 65. A higher percentage of people in this age group can develop initial dementia than older people, the NHS explains, and most cases are diagnosed in 45-65 people.
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