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  1. Carina Saunders
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:49 am

    Ahh Gerda this post was so sad for me to read.
    Sending lots of love your way!

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    • Gerda Saunders
      June 1, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

      Dearest Carina, Don’t be sad for me. I feel sad for Peter, because in something like this I think it’s harder for the spouse than for the person having the disease. He is so amazing, though. And so are you for constantly supporting us. Lots of love to you and your beautiful boys (one maybe a bit older than the other…)

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  2. Jeannine
    June 1, 2016 @ 3:33 am

    Xxx ❤️?

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    • Gerda Saunders
      June 1, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

      Dearest Jeannine, I appreciate the many-symboled love from you. Lots of love to you and your family.

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  3. Charmaine
    June 1, 2016 @ 4:55 am

    Thank you for writing this. My mother has Alzheimer’s and what she battles with is similar. It is insightful for me to read your thought processes and for me to try and understand better what is going on inside her. Sending you love – it must be very difficult. Xxx

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    • Gerda Saunders
      June 1, 2016 @ 1:40 pm

      Dear Charmaine, Thanks so much for your note. I really appreciate hearing that my writing gives people insight who are dealing with dementia in your own families. I am sorry to hear that your mother has Alzheimer’s. I am very glad to hear that she has such a caring daughter in you. Thanks so much for your empathy. I think, though, that empathy should go to the caregivers more than to the people who have the disease. However annoying I am to myself, I think that I must be more upsetting to people who used to know me as someone who could cope with anything. Thanks so much for the work and love you give to your mother.

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  4. René Engelbrecht
    June 1, 2016 @ 6:13 am

    You have touched my heart.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      June 1, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

      Dearest Rene, Your kind and supportive comment touches my heart too. It means so much to me that people who have known me over many years still care and say so. All the best to you and everything you do. Love, Gerda

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  5. Tsivia
    June 2, 2016 @ 1:46 am

    I only know you now because of your friend Erna’s sharing your blog.
    Gerda, I am so deeply humanly moved by your sharing your experience. Maybe this is the greatest work of your life.
    And while you are working on surrender and serenity, I hope there are people working frantically on finding cures. Strength and love to you and Peter both.

    Tsivia

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    • Gerda Saunders
      June 12, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

      Dear Tsivia, thanks so much for your kind words–your insight that sharing might be “the greatest work of my life” is very valuable to me. I very much appreciate your good wishes to me and Peter. (Sorry it took me so long to get back to you–Peter and I had a lovely week in Las Vegas. Being in a hotel and not having any household responsibilities –the few things that i still do–makes my daily life so much easier.
      It’s great to know that Erna is the reason for our connection–and thanks so much to you for reaching out.
      I send you and those you love armfuls of love.

      Gerda

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  6. Corrine
    June 2, 2016 @ 5:51 am

    I have very nasty words for Doña Quixote but I suspect she is an allusive fickle unpredictable creature and wouldn’t hear them.

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    • Gerda Saunders
      June 12, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely condemnation of Doña Quixote–she’s a pain! I left her in Salt Lake City last week–Peter and i spent time in Las Vegas–not that it’s my favorite destination, but it’s close enough to get to (and we got a free hotel room) and given the walkways that criss-cross over the strip, I can walk long distances by myself without taking my life in my hands by crossing a busy street! Because I was away, I only got the news about your grandchild when we got back Friday. I am so happy for you. I will gush more on Facebook and/or your blog! Becoming an ouma has been one of my most wonderful experiences–so glad I’m older and wiser around “those fresh from God” (as Charles Dickens says) this time around! And most of the time I try not to give unsolicited advice to my kids–very hard for someone with a mouth the size of mine!

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  7. shauna
    June 13, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

    Oh dear Gerda…..I’m ashamed that I haven’t been here checking in on you more through your blog! What challenges you face! I have different ones, and you would probably be overwhelmed with mine, as I feel overwhelmed with yours. But your honesty and the way you put all of it in to words is truly remarkable! Peter is a saint, and like we talked last night, he’s very similar to how my J! I’m so thankful you can laugh together and do silly things! The picture of you two when you were young………..WHAT A TREASURE!!!!!! xo

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  8. Julie DeLong
    June 15, 2016 @ 11:34 pm

    Dearest Gerda, I am so sorry to know you are afflicted with this terrible disease. Your brilliant and honest writing is so poignant. Thank you for your writing – you are stunningly talented. Sending our love to you and Peter. Warmly, Julie and Jeff

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