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  1. Petrus Potgieter
    June 22, 2019 @ 5:42 am

    Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing, Gerda!


    • Gerda Saunders
      June 24, 2019 @ 8:59 am

      Thanks so much, Poen, for staying in touch and supporting my efforts. Think of you so often, wish we could sit down over coffee in one of the interesting coffee shops to which you have introduced me over the years. Love to you all.


  2. Elza Koen
    June 22, 2019 @ 7:41 am

    Gerda, jy doen dit altyd nog SO GOED ! Liefde vir julle!


    • Gerda Saunders
      June 24, 2019 @ 8:58 am

      LIewe Elza, dink so baie aan jou wat daagliks liefde en sorg gee vir Koos met sy soortgelyke uitdagings as wat Peter ervaar. Baie dankie dat jy in touch is. Jou ondersteuning en liefde beteken so baie vir my. Liefde vir jou en Koos en julle lieflike clan.


  3. shen
    June 24, 2019 @ 6:04 pm

    Oh beautiful friend, how wonderful this was to read. To see these photographs. To know how many many people you give to, who get to sample your wisdom and writing and wonderful, astounding marriage. I am so spoiled to have you here, near. Thank you. And AJ and I want a copy of one of the portraits of you two! So much love, always, Shen


    • Gerda Saunders
      June 25, 2019 @ 9:47 am

      My dearest Shen, thanks for your always over-the-top support and love. I am happy to be back here, will just miss you on Thursday. It make me happy, though, that you will have armfuls of grandkids wherever you are on your journey now. Love you so much,my sister-friend.


  4. Janice Shiwnath-Desouza
    June 25, 2019 @ 7:40 am

    Gerda, I applaud you for your efforts, courage and strength. You have shared your personal feelings , you strength and weaknesses with the many of us.
    Through all of your difficulties, you are courageous and humorous. Your brilliance is admirable, you are an inspiration.
    I was sitting in the front over to your left as you stood at the podium.
    You certainly broke my heart in one million pieces. But, your strength is my mantra; I am driven to do more in my work to provide care for families and their loved ones.

    I admire your fondness of writing essays. I loved writing, and writing essays from elementary school was my favorite and still one of my favorites. My journal is now my essays.

    I will love to sit with you sometime to talk and share your knowledge and wealth of life’s journey.

    Gerda, keep well and please continue the campaign to share your story.

    Last but not least, Peter is guidance, patience and dedication to you and a well deserved cause shines through.
    Hats off to dynamite Peter.

    I applaud you.

    Take good care.

    Janice shiwnath-desouza


    • Gerda Saunders
      June 25, 2019 @ 9:43 am

      It is so lovely to hear from you, dear Janice. Thanks so much for your kind words and your support—it means to much to me when I get such heartfelt and positive feedback on my efforts to speak behalf of people with dementia who can no longer speak for themselves.

      I remember making eye contact with some people in the front of the room and I hope that you were one of them. I wish we had time to have a proper conversation after the talk.

      Thanks so much for your work to provide care for families and people with various debilitating issues. I know that a family cannot cope with illness, be it of the body or brain, by themselves. I am so grateful for someone like you who does this work as your calling, even though—I imagine—it is often thankless and exhausting.

      I am so glad that you know the pleasure of writing. Maybe there will come a time when you can prepare some of your journal essays for publication. That’s how I started my book. I used information from my journal, strung it together to make a longer piece, and then refined that for an essay. It took me over two years to have an essay ready to send out. And then I did it again with more essays, until it added upto a book. So I really encourage you to keep writing and see if you want to let the world one day benefit from the incredible insights you must daily experience.

      You are right about Peter—I was so lucky to meet him when i was still young and that we were able to stick together—though we had lots of hard times—to now reap the benefit of growing old together. He is dynamite! He’ll love hearing you say that!

      Do let me know if you’er ever in Salt Lake City, and we could have that conversation that i, too, would love.

      Thanks for your over-the-top encouragement and positive feedback. Knowing that my talking about dementia reaches some people’s hearts is what keeps me going.

      my warmest best wishes to you.


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