Former Today show host Meredith Vieira and husband Richard M. Cohen are on the December/January cover of the upcoming AARP The Magazine discussing how their family deals with Richard’s MS, their extraordinary marriage, family life, and more.
It’s been almost a year since Vieira left her post on the Today show, but she explains what thoughts she had when contemplating leaving TV. “I thought I’d have a eureka moment. I really did. I thought I’d suddenly go, Oh, I know what I want to be!’ And I didn’t. I didn’t come close.”
Now that Meredith has gone from TV, how exactly does she handle Richard’s MS? “He has very bad days. He’s so funny; he’ll say I’m in control. I hate my life but I’m in control. It’s good that he vents. He’s having a [very bad] day, and what is he going to do, pretend that he’s not? But then he’ll soldier on.”
She continues, “He said to me a million times, I thought I would beat this. I thought I would be the one. He’s feeling like he’s not the one.”
The disease has been difficult on the family, but they have each other and as a team, they’ll get through this.
To read the rest of the interview, including quotes from Richard himself, pick up the latest copy of AARP magazine.
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