"Today I should have entered hospital again for a blood transfusion, but it was postponed another week. I have now had a bad chest infection for the past ten weeks. The two courses of antibiotics haven't worked as I have virtually no immune system and I have been left feeling extremely weak with constant coughing bouts and light headedness. Since my return from holiday last weekend, my chest infection has worsened and my body resistance weakened. I have slept long nights interrupted by coughing fits and have even needed a three hour's of sleep at noon until mid-day. This morning, I have risen, showered, had a bowl of porridge and completed my daily 'Thought for today.' I will now return to my bed for the rest of the day and await a visit from the doctor. Had it not been for my Sheila's constant love and attention towards my needs, the struggle would have been far harder to endure
While there has never been one day of my life that I have regretted, the past five and a half years since I first met Sheila have been the happiest I have ever known. Since I developed my terminal illness three ago, I have been astounded by the degree of unselfish thoughts and actions Sheila naturally possesses. Her heart is firmly lodged with mine and I know that our souls are entwined to a depth that death will never separate; she hurts when I hurt and laughs when I do. It is simply inadequate to describe her as being my Guardian Angel, as her wings of understanding, compassion and commitment have a much wider span than those that even the Archangel Michael is reported to possess.
There is nothing more natural than the coming together of two people who were meant to meet and never part; nothing more beautiful to behold than the entwining of their past, the fusion of their present and the future of their two family trees rooted in one soil, deriving nourishment from all they share.
When true love meets, I believe the lovers should be left to lay eternally entwined and dream of happiness together without the world's disturbance. Such gain is worth the wait and even its eventual loss through the bereavement of one of the parties, such loving experience is worth the pain. Once I knew you were mine, Sheila, I knew that I could wait forever. Forever is much more than a word that signifies a length of time; forever is a place where two lovers go when true love takes them there to become eternal soulmates.
Forever is you, Sheila; all there ever was, is and ever shall be." William Forde: June 1st, 2016.