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Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm •  Published: March 7, 2013

Both had helped each other face serious health issues even before Jerry's recent crisis.

Sandy has multiple sclerosis. Jerry suffered a closed-head injury in a car crash and sometimes has difficulty with communicating details to others.

In spite of their challenges, or perhaps because of them, both decided that they would be better together than apart.

"We just decided to get up and do it," Sandy said of their Feb. 22 wedding.

The event was so spontaneous that two members of Comfort Keepers, a Howell-based agency that provides Jerry with in-home care, were the witnesses at the ceremony.

"They're perfect for each other," said Comfort Keepers co-owner Jeanne Rymarz, who stood up for the couple. "They've been best friends for a long time."

Their marriage isn't yet common knowledge, Sandy acknowledged.

"We haven't even told our families," she said.

That includes her two children and his two daughters and stepdaughter, as well as their grandchildren and Jerry's great-grandchildren.

Sandy is in the process of moving from her home in Mason to her new residence in Milford.

Despite their recent challenges, both are looking forward to better days ahead.

"No matter where you are and what you're facing, you have to focus on the future," Sandy said.