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  1. Shauna
    June 18, 2024 @ 2:39 pm

    Gerda….. I LOVE the relationship you have with Peter. It truly is a remarkable and inspiring one. LOVE you both very much and hope to see you soon. ~Shauna XOXOXOXOXO


  2. Rebecca Simmons
    June 18, 2024 @ 2:52 pm

    Thank,you for,sharing your journey so eloquently and honestly. You paint your outside life and inner life with such beautiful detail.Every entry ends up being a love story.


  3. Patricia Austin
    June 18, 2024 @ 6:45 pm

    Just today I finished reading Wendy Mitchell’s last book and that triggered thinking about you — and voila, I was so pleased to see a new blog from you pop up in my email. I’ll echo the sentiments of others — how I marvel at and admire your facility with expression. Thank you for continuing to write and share your story. It’s a tremendous help and inspiration to us caregivers.


  4. Sue Cobbett
    June 18, 2024 @ 7:29 pm

    So wonderful to read of your enjoyment in writing still and you do it so beautifully, with words and such interesting pictures.

    Thanks to for explaining the subtleties in depression and apathy for previous interests once held. This helps explain perhaps why my Mom who used to like doing some things/activities and her diminished joy over time of those interests and that is aside from the physical limitations.

    Love your posts!


  5. Ann Schank
    June 24, 2024 @ 6:17 am

    Gerda and Peter…I just had the immense joy (although tinged with great sadness for you both) of watching your PBS special which allowed us “outsiders” a glimpse into your beautiful lives. What joyful love you express for each other! A true inspiration for all of us striving to have that magical connection that absolutely can not be broken, even in the throes of dementia. I admire you both so much. You will now be in my daily prayers, and I will ask God to keep you in His care, together for as long as possible, and that He will make the way for you both to come to the final grips of your diagnosis and life together. Please know that strangers can love you from afar and that you are both true inspirations of how to love yourself and others regardless of the circumstances. May peace and love continue to embrace you both. You are true inspirations of wonderful, loving, giving, intelligent, witty, caring people. I love you.


  6. Cheryl Stevenson
    June 25, 2024 @ 11:13 am

    Gerda, thank you for your posts. They inspire me and help me with cognitive loss, which grows. You are an inspiration especially because you manage to stay relatively positive. I know you aren’t all the time, but you are so often. Your love for Peter, people, art, and your lack of anger (Where is it??) put my anger to shame, anger at what is happening to me and to the world Ihad had so many hopes for. I cannot be the kind of person you seem to be. I wish.
    Stay the strong woman you are.


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