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1. Couple pressured to break up decades ago gets a 2nd chance at love

Decades after she broke up with him, Jeanne Gustavson tracked down her first love, Steve Watts — and this time, she's not letting him go. They met in the early 1970s at Chicago's Loyola University, and Gustavson, who is white, told CBS News her mother was "livid" over her being in a relationship with a Black man. She was pressured into breaking up with Watts, a move she instantly regretted. Gustavson never stopped wondering what happened to him, and last year, discovered he was living at a Chicago nursing home after suffering two strokes. Like her, he was divorced with no children, and was still "the wonderful, gorgeous man that I knew," Gustavson said. Their romance rekindled, she arranged for Watts to be moved to her Oregon home, where she can serve as his full-time caretaker. Watts was thinking about Gustavson for all these years, too — "I always loved her," he said — and they're grateful to be back in each other's lives. "We both get a second chance," Gustavson said.

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