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  1. Carrie Blake
    May 10, 2017 @ 7:11 am

    Wonderful, again!


    • Gerda Saunders
      May 11, 2017 @ 5:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Carrie. It means so much to me that you like my writing and that it means something to you. I really appreciate your loyal support! All the best to you and yours.


  2. Ingrid Schmidt
    May 10, 2017 @ 12:36 pm

    Hi Gerda,
    I love the images you put in this post. They are so vivid and provocative. It must have been a terribly lonely feeling to be standing before that locked door and struggling with a cold on top of it all to find a way to get in. Congratulations for persevering and thank you so much for sharing.

    I haven’t yet ordered a copy of your book. Is there any way that you can organize an autographed copy?



    • Gerda Saunders
      May 11, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

      Hello Ingrid, so nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for your generous comments on the post. I, too, love art images–they really excite me visually and conceptually. I like sharing my stories–it helps me work through my issues. I have to thank YOU for reading my writing and expressing the fact that it gives you pleasure.

      I’m trying to think how I can organize a signed copy of my book. Maybe you could order one and have it delivered to my house, and then I can sign it and mail it?

      About Edith–I have not had time to write the post about her. It’s next on my list for when I have a gap between book stuff.

      So good t be in touch!

      baie liefde,



  3. Marietta van Rooyen
    May 10, 2017 @ 10:36 pm

    Liewe Gerda ek weet ek moet eintlik in Engels skryf maar ek voel ek moet in Afrikaans met jou praat. Hierdie blog is so goed geskryf dat dit n kunswek insigself is! Ek kan nie wag om jou boek te lees nie. Jy is ‘n inspirasie vir baie.


    • Gerda Saunders
      May 11, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

      Liewe Marietta, dis vir my so lekker om in Afrikaans te gesels. Baie dankie vir die waardering wat jy uispreek oor my blog. Ek is bly jy dink dit werk goed as ‘n stuk–party dae kry ek dit nog reg om die paragrawe meningsvol te organiseer, partykeer nie. Ek weet nog nie hoe my boek in SA bemark gaan word nie, maar ek dink die e-boek en Audio sal seker beskikbaar wees. Ek is so lus om met ‘n tas vol boeke te kom en een vir elke liewe mens te gee! Mis jou so noudat ons “die oues van dae” is soos my Pa gese het toe sy ouers dood is–ons het reeds toe ons jonk was so wonderlik diep gesels, en nou weet ons soveel meer van die lewe! Baie liefde vir jou en Basil en julle kinders–ek sal weer op Faceboek bietjie opvang met julle lewe. xoxox


  4. Ingrid E Schmidt
    May 12, 2017 @ 7:10 am

    Afrikaans is soo lekker!


    • Gerda Saunders
      May 14, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

      The work “lekker” says it all!


  5. Cliff Saunders
    May 17, 2017 @ 1:05 pm

    Dear Dear Gerda — well-chosen wife of my brother Peter.
    Ria and I are overjoyed by the success of your book and the incredible positive reaction. Your purpose was to inform people about dementia and prepare/assist them.
    Obviously your success has been remarkable.
    Dear brother Peter, very well done with your successes in providing Gerda with the environment in which she could operate. Your life too has been a hard-won success story.
    Intelligent, energetic and with a great sense of humour Gerda could not have had a better “partner” in her
    And the amended lyrics of an appropriate song for both of you come to mind:
    “Oh lord it’s hard to be perfect when you’re humble in every way.”
    Much love to both of you and your lovely family.


    • Gerda Saunders
      May 29, 2017 @ 10:17 am

      As a member of the “Best-even-though-incompetent-effort means never having to say you’re sorry CLUB,” I notice that I have not even made the effort to respond to this comment of yours which gives me so much pleasure and joy. What would life’s excitements be if one did not have loving family like you and Ria to share them with? Thanks so much for always being happy for our successes and supportive in our downfalls. The hero in my story is of course Peter, who is a saint and ever-patient, putting the kabosh on Ma Raaitjie’s warning to me before we got married that “Peter has a little temper.” That “little temper” has now totally disappeared, with only great love and patience in its place. Love you and Ria and your family so much–you are ever in our thoughts. Lots and lots of love.


  6. Lila sweeney
    September 26, 2017 @ 6:50 am

    I am currently reading your book “Memory’s Last Breath” and am blown away by your courage to face the realities of your life. My mom had dementia and it is a concern in my own life as I age, I am now 70. I am also reading “The End Of Alzheimer’s” by Dale E. Bredesen, MD in hopes of gaining information about the possibility of help for dementia sufferers.
    Again thank you for your honesty and courage.


    • Gerda Saunders
      September 28, 2017 @ 11:51 am

      Hello Lila, Thanks so much for your kind words about my book. As for courage, I really do not feel courageous–just thankful for my family’s support, and that of people who read my book. I’m sure you must have learned a lot from your mom’s dementia journey–as I have learned from my mom. I think the best is just to live from day to day and enjoy the wonders that our world still offers me, despite my troubles with taking care of everyday tasks. I have read some of Dr Bredesen’s work and saw a video of him talking, and I wish you all the best to distill the information that works for YOU from his book. I wsh you everything of the best in your exploration of what may be in store for you. It’s great that you are still able to read about it.My focus has slowed down a lot–I take forever to finish a book. I am grateful for the time I have had to put my life in some kind of order, it gives me peace. As you find out what you want to do, don’t forget to live great, love great every day!


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