This week our story topic was "love." My story is on Bill Ferkler and Mildred Livesay. Both Bill and Mildred were married for 40 years and two months before both their spouses died of Cancer. Bill's daughter introduced him to Mildred and they started dating. They dated for 10 years before they were married three years ago.
Mildred is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that inhibits the brain's ability to send and receive messages. Because of her MS Mildred needs constant assistance. She lives at the Bowling Green Retirement Village, but Bill lives in his own house. They only really see each other on weekends when Bill takes Mildred back to his home. Even though he is not with her constantly he is practically on call 24/7. If Mildred ever needed him during the week he would be there in a heart beat.
This is the first story in a long time where I really just enjoy being with the people. I think their story is important and I am going to continue shooting to develop it to where it needs to be. Here is Bill and Mildred's story so far.