Woman, 25, Marries Healer, 71, After He Miraculously Cures Her
A woman has revealed how she married a reiki healer 46 years her senior after he cured her.
Danielle Reiff, 25, booked a session with 71-year-old reiki master, Howard Reiff, after suffering from mysterious aches and pains.
Howard soon cured Danielle and despite being over four decades apart in age, the pair fell in love and eloped.
Afterwards, friends and family disowned the couple and strangers confused Howard for Danielle’s grandfather.
But, Danielle and Howard, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, have refused to let any negative comments get to them and insist they are happier than ever.
Danielle, a delivery driver, says: “Howard and I have dealt with so much judgement and hate for our relationship.
“Now, two years on from our whirlwind romance and wedding, we don’t care what people think.
“Howard is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I owe him my life.”
Growing up, Danielle suffered from a mystery illness.
She says: “For years I slept constantly, yet always felt tired.
“I had no appetite, yet I was gaining weight. And I had agonising pain in my bones and muscles.
“Frustratingly, doctors didn’t have a clue what was wrong with me.
“I was at the end of my tether. I couldn’t live like this anymore.”
In September 2019, when Danielle was 22, she confided in a friend about her medical issues.
Her friend recommended energy healing and gave Danielle a number.
Danielle says: “She told me his name was Howard and he was certified in Reiki, gem healing, crystal healing and lots more.
“I was desperate to try anything.”
Soon after, Danielle booked a session and drove 90 miles from her hometown, Philadelphia, to Howard’s house in Saltsburg.
She said: “Howard was mostly bald, with white hair sprouting out on the sides.
“I guessed he was in his late 60s.
“He delved into my problems straight away and began the session with chromotherapy, a method of treating ailments by using colors.
“I couldn’t believe it but I already felt some relief in my body.”
Ecstatic, Danielle returned for more sessions that week.
She says: “Even though he was so much older than me, we got on so well.
“I felt a connection and I was certain he felt the same.
“Then one day I asked him how old he was, and he said he was 68.
“I realized he was 46 years older than me, but I didn’t care.
“I couldn’t help how I felt.
“I moaned to Howard how all guys my age acted like children and weren’t men.”
After their sixth session together, Howard confessed his feelings for Danielle.
She said: “He told me how a priestess told him years before that he’d have a young wife.
“Howard then said when he first saw me, he knew it was me.
“I was over the moon and told him I’d love to be his wife.
“It was so fast but we both realized we’d fallen in love already.”
The next week, Howard and Danielle eloped without telling their family and friends and later moved in together.
Danielle says: “For weeks I kept Howard a secret as I knew my family would be mad.
“I finally brought Howard to my mum’s house and told her he was my husband.
“Her jaw dropped. He was 15 years older than her.
“Mum refused to accept us, telling me he was too old for me. I told her how he’d healed me and she said he must’ve brainwashed me during our sessions.
“Howard and I were heartbroken.”
Soon after, word spread and Danielle and Howard’s loved ones all found out.
Danielle says: “Thankfully, Howard had never been married or had kids. So that was one less thing for me to worry about.
“But his best friend of 40 years stopped speaking to him because of me being so young. We assumed he was jealous.
“A lot of my friends didn’t agree with us either. It was really hard.”
Sadly, the couple also began to face criticism from strangers while out in public.
Danielle says: “Once, at a hardware store, a store assistant thought Howard was my father.
“When I corrected him, he burst out laughing, thinking it was a joke. It was humiliating.
“After that, it kept happening everywhere we went.
“Sometimes, people even confused Howard for my grandfather.
“At first it gave me so much anxiety that I didn’t want to leave the house with him. But after a while, Howard and I realised we needed to just laugh it off.
“We knew our love was the most important thing and we couldn’t let a silly taboo in society upset us.”
Since then, Howard has retired.
Danielle says: “He takes three naps a day while I love going out with my friends.
“He always tells me to have a great time and he’s happy for me. It’s the best feeling having the most loving and caring partner.”
Now, Danielle and Howard have been happily married for two years.
Danielle says: “He has completely healed my illness and I owe my life to him.
“Due to his age, we can’t have kids. But I make that choice every day and I’ve accepted it.
“We also often speak about him dying.
“My biggest fear is when I become widowed, and everyone can say ‘I told you so.’
“But regardless of what judgements people have, I’d rather Howard be in my life now, than not at all.”