In March 2018 Eloisa was just leaving Mass one Sunday when she heard a faint cry: “Elitoo…” She turned around and saw her husband, Manolo, who had suddenly begun feeling dizzy. They brought him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and an aggressive bone metastasis, and was told he didn’t have long to live.

His children began to take turns visiting him in the hospital, but Eloisa took on most of the responsibility. “The children have their own families now, their work,” she says. In June he was released from the hospital and Eloisa brought him home.

It had been almost three decades since they had lived together, although she had never lost contact completely with her husband. In the important family celebrations she had asked all the others in the family to call him. Five children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren formed a bond too strong to break entirely.

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