For better or worse, I have had the privilege to be on "both sides now" -- being the care partner for Susan, my wife now of 57 and 1/2 years, as she went through advanced breast cancer. She is an unlikely survivor.
And now it is my turn. I have Alzheimer's Disease, and so far, there is no cure. Susan is now my care partner.
As I worked to give Susan the care and love she needed back then, I realized what love truly meant. It was more than a "feeling." It was the creation of a single soul -- we each become one-half of the other.
On my newest video blog, I share my poem "Us" to remember how important love is and the power of the two most important words ever spoken: "I love you."
Life exists within each of us as a form of the Divine.
A tangible essence of who we are.
Love is when our essence became entwined.
Each an equal half of the other.
"I love you" simply awakens the US in you and me.
To listen to a beautiful version of this poem in song, click here.
I have written about this moment before. Indeed, I wrote a book, The Actual Dance, Love's Ultimate Journey Through Breast Cancer. So, this Valentine's Day, I invite you to download a copy of the book from Amazon. You can buy it on Amazon here!