It’s in the humans’ nature to strive to love and be loved. This feeling that is described by many as the strongest of all helps us overcome obstacles and ordeals and is capable of healing our heart and soul. But when it comes to romantic relations and that type of affection, not everyone gets to find the soulmate whom they would spend the journey called life with. Those that do, however, know they are lucky to have someone they could rely on when things get rough.
Kris Scharoun-DeForge and her husband Paul Scharoun-DeForge are a perfect example of how love conquers all. These two met some 30 years ago, and have been married for the last 25. If this doesn’t really sound like something special to you, you’ll change your mind once you learn these spouses both have Down Syndrome. They are longest married couple with this condition and their story continues to inspire people around the world.
The affection they feel for one another only grows bigger with each passing day. They speak of their relationship with sparks in their eyes and give us hope that one day, we could have what these two share as well. They also teach us to never settle for anything less.
“I looked into his eyes and saw my future. He opened up my world.”
Both Kris and Paul never miss a chance to let the other one know how much they are loved and cared for. Every Valentine’s Day, this loving wife crafts a handmade card for the love of her life and the two have a romantic dinner at a restaurant. This has become sort of tradition throughout the years. The last year’s holiday was, however, even more special because they were given the chance to tell the whole world how true devotion and fondness break all the barriers by celebrating their 25-year anniversary. As many believe how people with Down Syndrome aren’t capable of getting emotionally involved in a union, Scharoun-DeForges prove those people wrong and are going stronger than ever.
Sadly, Paul started suffering from dementia which is currently in it’s early stage, but it required that he was placed at a facility where he would receive all the care needed for him to function properly. His wife never leaves his side and is paying him frequent visits, constantly reminding him how much he is loved and cared for.
She said: “When they told me, I started to cry. He’s my life. I don’t want to be without him.”
It’s amazing how in this world full of people who would like to see you fail, Kris and Paul never gave up on one another. They are each other’s support and are very lucky to have found that special person. We wish you a long and even happier life. You indeed are a true inspiration.