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  1. Cheryl Adkins
    March 28, 2023 @ 12:34 am

    I’m so glad to read your post tonight, Gerda!
    You’ve put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart with all that you shared.
    I’m praying for complete healing and complete clearing of the anesthesia brain fog and many happy days ahead for you and Peter.
    Happy Anniversary!


  2. Joyce Richardson
    March 28, 2023 @ 9:24 am

    I am so happy to read of this recent good news🥳. Also, happy to read your amazingly lucid posts. Huzzah! Huzzah!


    • Gerda Saunders
      May 5, 2023 @ 4:30 pm

      Thanks again for being in touch, Joyce. I really appreciate your kindness and support.


  3. shen
    March 28, 2023 @ 12:27 pm

    HUZZAH indeed! Congratulations to you and Peter, and multiple kisses blown towards your continued super recovery!


  4. Judith Vaughn
    March 30, 2023 @ 10:14 am

    Dear Gerda and Peter, I am renewed by your commitment and love and bravery in the face of life’s challenges in general and in the specificity of daily life. I know the difficulties of remembering “till death…”, especially as you say Gerda, in the midst of “who are you again, and did I really marry you for life?” Only 26 years later next week (we married on our 50th birthdays) we stand committed in love. We face similar challenges as I watch the diminishing brain cells go dancing to some other world; for each of us! Thank you both for your strengths and resiliencies. You have become a touchstone for me. I wish you well and more years together.


    • Gerda Saunders
      May 5, 2023 @ 4:34 pm

      Congratulations on your “26 years later” anniversary!That really shows commitment and love. It is so wonderful to have a partner with whom to laugh and groan at all the changes old age brings. How lovely that you found that person for your 50th birthday celebration! I very much appreciate your kind and supportive comments, Judith.It means so much to me that you are in touch. My very best wishes go out to you both and those you love.


  5. Jane E Jacobson
    April 3, 2023 @ 9:46 am

    Big hugs and happy healing. Congratulations on 52 (55) years! I always love your posts and I’m amazed at all the things I’ve learned from you–from health, to art, to love, etc. You help more people than you will ever know.

    Jane Luger-Jacobson


    • Gerda Saunders
      May 5, 2023 @ 4:36 pm

      Thanks so much for your good wishes and kind comment, Jane. It means so much to me that my writing is meaningful to you in small ways. That is what keeps me going when I’m really struggling to focus and find the energy to write a post. My warmest wishes go out to you.


  6. Debbie Lindsey
    May 21, 2023 @ 7:05 am

    Gerda your fun nature and enjoyment of life always fills my heart. I love your positive energy and the pictures you share. So glad your surgery was a success and you squeezed in an anniversary! I love seeing Peter in the Smiths store. He always has a smile for me and news of your life. I enjoyed your book so much and am sharing it with friends now. See you soon:) your cashier Deb Lindsey from Vernal, Ut.


    • Gerda Saunders
      May 27, 2023 @ 12:37 pm

      Dearest Debbie, It is such a wonder to hear from you in this comment after getting to know you and loving you for so many years already. You always give ME p[ositive energy with your kindness and your enquiring mind. I am so delighted to hear about your farm today/yesterda? –though you have probably told me before and it did not stick. Your comments on my book are very generous and just what I need to make me thing of keeping on writing–I so often fel that I have nothing interesting to say. Thanks for giving me confidence! II am so lucky to have Peter in my life. If we had a candid camera fixed on us all the time you would not believe all the difficulties I give him. Without him I would not be able to live in the word with any satisfactory quality of life. I think of you and your family–your daughter–with pleasure and fondness. So glad you are in my neighborhood and that I can see you when I go with Peter to get other items of sustenance–you sustain my spirit.


  7. Pat Austin
    June 10, 2023 @ 2:11 pm

    I have just finished reading Memory’s Last Breath and looked you up online, hoping for an update, since it has been six years since the book was published. I absolutely loved the book. So eloquent, so philosophic, so honest. My mother died of Alzheimers in 1995, and now my sister at 76, losing short term memory, is living with fears of becoming like our mother. There are lots of tears, ‘though she talks little about it — just mentioning every once in a while that she’s scared. I’ve sought out books like yours so I can better get inside her head, so I can better appreciate her experience, which I recognize is both a daily battle and daily courage.

    I’m writing, mostly, to say thank you. You have given me courage – and insight. And I do love your attitude toward life.
    Wishing you continual awe as you greet each day.


    • Gerda Saunders
      June 11, 2023 @ 8:27 pm

      Dear Pat, thanks so much for your lovely note. I so much appreciate your generous comment about my book. It is the ultimate complement to me that you regard my book as one that helps you get better into your sister’s head. So sorry you and your family know dementia up close. While everybody’s experience is different with dementia, I hope you will tell you sister from me that I still find joy every single day of my life. I’m also continuously overjoyed that my capacity for language is still seeing me through, though talking is getting harder and writing slower and more difficult every time. So far language has helped me get through the complete disconnect I have with the material world–I just cannot do a thing right around the house and out in the world. But the support of my family and friends lift me up every day. i can only imagine you will be such a support for your sister. Wishing you and yours everything of the very best.


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