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  1. Cheryl Adkins
    October 11, 2021 @ 8:48 am

    Thank you for sharing this, Gerda! I plan to sign up.
    I also hope I will be able to share the sign up information on the Facebook support group I am a part of, Dementia Through Daughters’ Eyes.
    Thank you again for sharing!
    I appreciate you! I think of you and pray for you regularly.
    Warmest regards,
    Cheryl

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    • Gerda Saunders
      October 11, 2021 @ 11:19 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely response, Cheryl. And also for the thoughts and prayers. I am happy that you want to share the Summit information with your Facebook support group. I did not know such a group existed. I will definitely visit the page, unless it is open to members only. I really appreciate the contact with you. Your succor always makes me warm and loved.

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      • Cheryl Adkins
        October 11, 2021 @ 4:15 pm

        It is a private group, Gerda, but it’s easy to join. And you wouldn’t need to stay if you decided it wasn’t for you. I know there are other groups as well; I am also in one called Walking With Dementia. There’s another one that is for spouses, but the one I am in also has spouses in it, and sons rather than daughters. Molly’s Movement is another one.
        I found the Dementia Through Daughter’s Eyes one not too long before my mom passed away in December of 2017. I stayed to pray for and encourage others. Sometimes I have to step away; sometimes I can share something helpful. I am grateful for the group.
        Thank you for your kind words! I feel the same about you! You have been an inspiration to me since I first read your story years ago, and your book is the best I have read on the subject of having dementia. Like you, I continue to do everything I can to stave it off. Recently I joined another group called Swedish Death Cleaning, and plan to buy the book by Margareta Magnusson, titled The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. I want to save my daughter from having to deal with as much of my clutter as I can possibly deal with myself. She has helped others and expressed gratitude to me for working on it!!

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        • Gerda Saunders
          October 13, 2021 @ 5:19 pm

          Thanks so much for the info, Cheryl. I just messaged Dementia through daughters eyes asking to sign up. I hope to see you there!

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          • Gerda Saunders
            October 13, 2021 @ 5:22 pm

            I forgot to say–I have read Swedish Death Cleaning and have been practicing it ever since then. It gives me such a wonderful sense of virtuousness to know I’m trying to spare my kids having to deal with ALL my stuff. I still haven’t gotten to real minimalism, but it’s far better than it was. I’m sure you–and your daughter too–will enjoy doing it.

  2. Joan Wright
    October 12, 2021 @ 2:31 am

    I have always loved and admired you Gerda. You have always been an inspiration of the human spirit to me.
    Always wish you the best in whatever you do and decide.
    Friends forever.
    Love,
    Joan.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      October 13, 2021 @ 5:24 pm

      My dearest Joan, thanks so much for being so supportive–and loving me for so many years despite my quirks. I am so grateful to have you in my life, and I always love hearing about you and your beautiful family. Love, love, love

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  3. Cheryl Adkins
    October 13, 2021 @ 5:30 pm

    Hi, Gerda! I ordered the book today by Margareta Magnusson. I’m excited to read it soon! I wish I had more hours in the day available to work on projects, and more energy for the hours I do have. LOL. When the energy arrives right when time is available, I go for it! And often I’ll just carve out little chunks of time to focus on simplifying my spaces. Slowly but surely! I love the serenity that comes with gazing at uncluttered spaces.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      October 16, 2021 @ 8:13 am

      Maybe we can talk soon about Magnussen’s book. I so empathize with you about not having enough energy for all the projects you want to do. I also go flat out when I have the energy–usually when I do that I will have to pay a price by being utterly exhausted at the end of the surge! For me the hardest thing is that when I overdo it and go into a slump, I lose even the motivation to do anything at all. My favorite projects don’t even interest me. I hope you don’t have a similar loss of fervor about the things you want to do…Love the way you word the last sentence–“the serenity that comes with gazing at uncluttered spaces” I’ll write that on my inspiration board right above my computer desk. Warmest love, it’s so great to connect with you more personally.

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  4. Cheryl Adkins
    October 17, 2021 @ 12:09 am

    I would love to talk soon about the book, Gerda! I’ve not started reading it yet because I’m proofreading a book for a friend. Yes! That happens to me too sometimes after a surge of energy. I find that exercise is the greatest antidepressant. If I can get myself to even take a short walk, my brain gets more oxygen and comes back to life. I have to take myself up on doing stuff when the energy arrives, because I don’t know when it will come ’round again. I will keep you in my prayers about the dreaded loss of fervor. Peace be with you, dear lady! Pray I don’t forget about the conference. My memory fails me. I’ll try to set an alarm. I do work Wednesday at 11 am Pacific time. Will there be a recording?
    Warmest love to you too!

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