Love Story #2: True Love


This story was forwarded to me by a Malaysian colleague named Meng Choo Wong. She used to be my colleague in the neurosurgery unit until she decided to transfer to another area. She was an excellent nurse.  

The story begins like this:

It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated the he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. while taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”He smiled as he patted my hand and said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

I had to hold back tears as he left, and thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.”

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.


7 Responses to “Love Story #2: True Love”

  1. 1 diego
    February 16, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    whew, what can i say? most of us are guilty here! we tend to love a person because of their appearance or the lind of benefit we can get from that person. but isnt it nice to love somebody who is really in need of it? there is a lot of people who needs some love and caring, because the world has been very unfair to them. thanks for the stories again, nelson.


  2. February 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    hey i strongly agree with mr diego. a lot of people are guilty here. thanks, nelson. the stories, even if it is not yours, you are at least the one who chose them among the millions of love stories around. they are eye-openers and reminders of the kind of love we must give to everybody.


  3. 3 digitalcatharsis
    February 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    hi diego and marcus! thanks for the additonal insights!!


  4. 4 neil patrick
    February 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    This is the kind of love i want in my life too!


  5. June 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I read this story a few years ago, it was forwarded as well through email. I was crying that time because I have just finished watching The Notebook, and while their story is similar, both are very touching. This is the kind of love I want too, but I already have it. My family will always be there for me. 🙂


  6. June 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Yay! this story reminds me of the movie “The Notebook” too… love is really about accepting who you are 🙂


  7. 7 kat
    June 28, 2011 at 4:06 am

    huh! san ko kaya matatagpuan ang lalaking ganyan….kaka touch ang story Nelson……….


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