She has memories to last a lifetime but after 52 years of marriage, a Santa Clarita wife decided to write a book of memories for her husband who is in the midst of Alzheimer's disease.
Willa Robinson, 68, and her husband Vernon, 78, raised two sons, fulfilled their careers, became grandparents, and were enjoying retirement until they received devastating news last year when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
"When you hear it, it's just not something you want to accept," Willa, fighting back tears, told KTLA.
In hopes of helping keeping their family memories alive for Vernon, who is currently in the moderate stages of Alzheimer's, Willa wrote him a book especially for him entitled, "52 Ways to Love My Man."
"The whole idea was we would have pictures in the book to remind him of who we are and let him know while he's still here how much we love him," Willa explained.
The couple, who met in a small town in Kansas, got married when Willa was 16 and Vernon was 26. Although their marriage has remained strong over the years, Willa said she still fears the moment when precious memories will start to fade.
"That he won't remember who I am or who the boys are," Willa said tearfully.
But her labor of love, which is a collection of stories, photos and messages of gratitude, has already helped her husband Vernon hang on to things he otherwise may have already forgotten.
"I read it everyday and it brings back memories," Vernon said.