Problems with dating a much older man

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’I was elated — it was all I’d dreamed of for 13 years — and I got caught up in the romance of the moment.My mother warned me not to marry him, but I ignored her and we held the wedding in December of that year.

At 67, my husband had been seriously ill for the last ten years of our marriage.Not only was I working flat-out to make a career for myself in a foreign country so I could pay our bills, I was also providing round-the-clock care for Carol.His deteriorating health left me responsible for his most intimate needs. By now I was increasingly worried about our future. Would I have to give up my job and look after him permanently? The daily strain was unrelenting, and I was prematurely ageing.We’d pulled out all the stops to impress one of his oldest friends, spending a small fortune on steak, prawns and foie gras.Just six months earlier we’d left behind our life in Bovey Tracey, Devon, and bought a beautiful property in Charente, South-West France.

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