When the going gets tough...
1. Mrs. M.: married for 2 months, (a second marriage for both after knowing each other for a total of 6 months), when 50 year old Mr. M. underwent emergency open heart surgery. The operation was complicated by hypoxia and now Mr. M. is in a persistent vegetative state. Mrs. M. remains completely devoted to him.
2. Mrs H.: a 70 year old woman, married for two years (a second marriage for both), when 78 year old Mr. H. is found to have a relatively rapidly progressing form of dementia. Mrs. H. remains his 24/7 caregiver.
When faced with difficult medical situations, to men they really did not know that long, both of these woman have assumed a role that many others would not have chosen to perform. Many others would have "walked."
...the tough get going.