In “Find a Place for Me,” author Deirdre Fagan says her marriage took a sudden turn when her husband Bob was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal illness.
Deirdre Fagan was sure Bob would be her last husband.
Her first marriage was all about passion, her second was too friendship-focused. As soon as she met Bob, while they studied together as graduate students at the University at Albany, something clicked. This is what it feels like to have the right combination of both qualities, she thought.
In 2011, nearly 10 years after they married, Bob was diagnosed with the terminal illness amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and given less than a year to live. He was just 43 years old.
“It was as though somebody pulled up in the driveway and said he’d been killed in an accident. I mean, the news hits you in the same way,” Fagan, whose brother and father died in a car crash, told Insider.