With the New York Marathon coming up, NPR has a beautiful story on two runners: Gweneviere Mann, who suffers from short-term memory loss, and her boyfriend, Yasir Salem.
An excerpt from Salem’s brief discussion with Mann, but I encourage you to listen to the whole thing.
“There was one point where you were confused,” Salem says, “because you thought we had broken up. And I would ask you, like, ‘Why do you think you’re staying at my place?’ She’s like, ‘Well, we’re just cool like that.’ “
“Yeah. Sorry about that,” Mann says, laughing.
“That’s all right.”
“And after all you’d been doing for me,” Mann says.
“Thankfully you got over that.”
“I’m thankful for that, as well,” she says.
Salem asks, “So, is there any positive things that have come out of losing your memory that you can look back on?”
“Well, I ran the New York City Marathon with you, my boyfriend,” Mann says. “And one of the things that I asked you, was to help me — as a trick — to not let me look at any of the mile markers along the way. And if I asked you how long we’d been running — to always tell me 10 or 15 minutes.”