A woman who suffers from memory loss as a result of a disease is left in tears every time she has to be told that her husband left her after she fell ill.
Veronika Mescheryakova, 29, has a form of porphyria, which has left her with short-term memory loss and paralysed limbs despite a failed operation to alleviate the symptoms a few years ago.
As a result, Veronika tragically doesn't remember that her husband filed for divorced back in November 2017, and has to re-live the heartbreak each time she finds out.
Every day Veronika apparently simply thinks her husband is at work, only to become confused when he doesn't return home. Her mother then has to break it to her that her husband has left her, leaving Veronika distraught - again.
The reasons why her unnamed ex-husband decided to divorce Veronika have not been made public, but she reportedly cries over and over again about her lost love.
Local media report that Veronika's mother is helping her to re-learn how to walk. Her mother also hopes that one day her daughter will be able to reconnect with her ex.
One Russian reader commented on a local news report: "I feel so sorry for her that I want to cry."
Another said: "Maybe they should tell her that she was the one who left him."
The condition that Veronika suffers from is called porphyria, which is technically a group of disorders that leaves the body unable to cleanse organic compounds known as porphyrins. These then interfere with the normal operations of the nervous system and skin, and can result in several types of acute and cutaneous (skin) porphyrias.
In a testimony from an Acute Intermittent Poryphria (AIP) sufferer called Jack on the American Porphyria Foundation website, he explains that the condition doesn't make marriage easy - but that his wife, Margaret, still stands by his side.
"If you've got a good spouse, treasure that situation," he writes.
"Also, as a patient, realise how difficult being married to someone with a chronic disease can be, so be kind in return."
He continues: "My wife is loving and dedicated, but the stress on her was and still is immense. I continue to feel terrible guilt for everything she has endured.
"However, her faith in me gave me incentive to try again and again and I did. Working through the pain and hiding many of the symptoms enabled me to eventually rise to high middle management."
Jack adds: "Thankfully, Margaret, my greatest gift, still stands by my side."
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