March 1, 2017

A Love Against All Odds: Maryanne and Tommy Pilling

Maryanne and Tommy PillingMaryanne and Tommy Pilling are celebrating their 22nd wedding anniversary. What’s so special about that, you ask? Well, they both have Down’s Syndrome and not so many people thought they would stay together for long.

Now two decades later, the couple is stll very much in love with each other as the first day they met. “I’ve never seen love like it among any other couple,” Maryanne’s sister Lindi Newman said.

The lovebirds met at a school for special needs students and Maryanne was immediately infatuated with Tommy. She invited him home for dinner and Maryanne’s family fell in love with Tommy and his personality, too.

Maryanne and Tommy can’t read or write, but they have their own home and both have jobs.

To support her daughter, Maryanne’s mother just lives next door, while her sister, Lindi, is just down the road. Both take turns in helping them maintain their house clean, and cook for them as well. Lindi also is assigned to drive her sister to her job in a local shop.

This goes to prove that when you love someone, you see beyond what the eyes see, and follow your heart. Congratulations, Tommy and Maryanne! Cheers!

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Wayne B. | Pinoy Trends

Wayne is a mom to a toddler. She's passionate about breastfeeding. She loves movies and series, action, sci-fi and fantasy. Not so much on love stories. She is a kitchen scientist. Pet peeve: know-it-all.