A STEM CELL LOVE STORY
BETWEEN MAN, WOMAN & GOD
One of the most moving love stories I’ve seen
Imagine Romeo and Juliette recast with clergy and separated not by feuding families but by their life-long religious vows to God. Throw in not one but 2 third act heart attacks and the standard doctor’s refrain:
Add the stem cell treatment twist at the finale; allowing for an extended encore of life and love extending years beyond prognosis.
Dramatic enough to make even the coldest heart sigh?
Yes. But this…is no play.
This is REAL LIFE.
by David Granovsky
A Priest and a Nun Get Married…
and Get Stem Cells
John Fugelsang recalls…his mother, Peggy, joined a convent after an abusive childhood, taking the name Sister Damien. But his father, Jack, had become a Franciscan monk after high school. The two met in Brooklyn when Jack – or Brother Boniface – had become ill with tuberculosis.
But eventually, Boniface won her over. They broke their religious vows and made new ones – to each other.
As Fugelsang says, it was their first love and second marriage, the first being a marriage to God. They dropped their names and became Jack and Peggy again. They had kids and lived happily married for decades, from what Fugelsang recalls.
Well into his 60s, Jack’s heart thumped at full force – emotionally and spiritually. But then, two heart attacks had doctors shaking their heads, saying
“It was amazing seeing how even in the last days of his life, the love just got deeper and deeper. I have photos of him in his hospital bed looking at her with a kind of naked, calm love that I’ve seldom seen on a man’s face.”