An extremely loving husband choose to stick to that powerful four words in his wedding vows “for better or worse, in sickness and health” in an uncommon way. Instead of leaving his sick wife in the nursing home, he took her on trips around the world in her wheel chair. In a generation, where the value and color of “love” is diminishing in an increasing level, this loving couple of 52 years stands tall with their unconditional love.
Andy and Donna Fierlit, the high school sweet hearts first met in 1958 and got married 52 years ago. Their marriage is blessed with 4 children and 12 grandchildren. On 1991 Donna has faced with a brain aneurysm that left her partially paralyzed. Confined to wheelchair doctors urged him to admit her to a nursing home for better care.
But for the faithful husband, his wedding vows were more precious than the advice of the doctors. So instead of leaving her in the nursing home, he bought two tickets for a cruise to Bermuda. That cruise marked an incredible “love journey” for the resilient couple..Even though there were good amount of struggle to travel in the wheelchair, he still loved to carry her wherever he can and their lovely journey is marking a new dimension in their love life!
“I feel he truly loves me,” explained Donna. “That he would do anything in the world for me.”
“On every trip, we go where the locals go and we almost always encounter caring, loving people. Everyone loves Donna, and to see her light up a room always makes me happy that she’s still by my side.”…Andy Said.
Even their children recognize the incredible love bond in their parents and their daughter, Allison Peters Said…
“My parents have really tested the ‘for better or worse, in sickness and in health’ part of their wedding vows.” “My mom getting sick never changed their love for one another. It just made it grow in a different direction, and I think it focused them to live each day to the fullest and not put off things they wanted to do. That’s why they’ve traveled the world.”
Together they have traveled the world, visiting 27 countries and every continent. They’re still planning for future adventures in Donna’s Wheelchair and Scandinavia is next in the list. Don’t you think their love life is the best paragon for the generations to follow!