MPW.65 / Trenton Time Turns Fragile by Paige Nelson
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Paige Nelson Carlsbad, California
Team Cliff & Vi

Story Summary

Everyday tasks like getting dressed or eating breakfast are an uphill battle for Mary Ellen Foland, 71, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago. Her husband of 52 years, Novy, 73, stepped into the role of caretaker, unwavering in his commitment to her.

There are days when Mary Ellen feels well enough to walk around on her own and others when she is confined to the couch at their home in Trenton, completely dependent on Novy’s help.

Parkinson’s may have changed Novy and Mary Ellen’s relationship forever, but their love for each other has endured time and they’re making every moment together count.