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The power of love

This Valentine's Day we have an extra special love story for you. One Wausau couple says it may not be the most romantic tale, but it's a perfect example of the power of love.

For Bob and Bev, it's the little things like a small Valentine's Day gift.

"Oh, It's perfume. I love it!" said Bev Heinz as she opened up the bag.

It's lunch everyday at noon or the daily walks down the hall.

"We switch and go to her apartment or my apartment," said Bob Stebelton.

Looking at them you might think Bob and Bev have been happily married for decades. But the tale of these two starts by being all alone.

"I told my children I would never marry again or go steady, or go with a boy," said Bev.

Three years ago Bev moved into Primrose Retirement Community in Wausau.

"I was very upset, I didn't think there was anything wrong with me," Bev explained.

But, her health was deteriorating.

"When I came here I wasn't a happy camper," said Bev. "Probably I was getting depressed and I didn't know it but they did."

What she also didn't know, down the hall was a similar story.

"It just didn't hit me right," said Bob. "My daughter sat me down and said dad, this is it, you gotta start enjoying what they got here."

So, one night in July Bob finally took her advice. He went to a picnic in Hatley. Bev was there.

"I beat her in cards," joked Bob.

But it was at that little picnic in Hatley that this story became a love story.
"I told my girlfriend after about 10, 12 days. I said, I'm in love. I know I'm in love," said Bev.

"I don't know how to express it but it's almost like living everything over again," said Bob.

For two years, Bob and Bev have been inseparable and their health has improved dramatically.

"Well that's what love does, changes you," said Bev as she walked hand in hand with Bob down the hall.

Their story is a great example that there's really no age limit on love.

"I still feel like I'm very young," said Bev. "More excited now than I've ever been."

While they found each other late in life, it doesn't matter, because for them it was exactly the right time.

"People don't know until they get into it what growing old is. I've kind of found out, but it's nice to have the company," said Bob.

Company that brought these two back to life.

Bob and Bev's tale inspired us to learn more about the power of love. So, we asked, can it really improve your health?
We talked with a nurse practitioner at Marshfield Clinic who works with patient well-being every day. She says sometimes love really is the best medicine.

"Love certainly is a powerful thing. Our body responds to stress by producing cortisol and it's been proven that love down regulates the cortisol production and makes our well being better and provides benefits," said Kathy Smrz.

That's why for Bob and Bev, they say there's no better option than staying together forever.
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