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  1. Sue Cobbett
    July 3, 2023 @ 7:41 pm

    Oh Wow, your writing is beautiful. I’m in awe of your wisdom, insights, relationship and most of all humour. (The photo of your “found” dongle is laugh-out loud material!! )

    The insights regarding depression is so informative. I can see the changes in my Mom, especially her mood, and my simple reckoning was that she needed the ”quick fix” of something pharmacological. It’s just not that simple. Your explanantion helped me.

    Your relationship with Peter, at the risk of sounding contrite, is something very special. My Mom’s dementia journey, doing it solo, is tough and it’s hard ‘bearing witness’ with her in New Zealand and me in Australia.

    Thank you!


    • Gerda Saunders
      July 11, 2023 @ 10:43 am

      How lovely to hear from you, Sue. Thanks for your generous and kind comments. I am always so inspired to hear that my musing mean something to people, particularly those angels in the world who take care of us dementers. I can imagine how hard it is to be in a different country when a parent or some other close person is going through difficulties–my mother had dementia in South Africa while we were already in the US. I wish you every blessing from the heavens as you and your mom continue on this eventful–until it isn’t!–path. My warmest greetings go out to you.


  2. Hanli Buber
    July 4, 2023 @ 12:11 am

    Liefste Gerda

    Ek het eergister sit en wonder (en my ook bekommer) oor waarom ek nog nie ‘n nuwe blog van jou onlangs gesien het nie, en toe…siedaar!

    Jou verduideliking oor emosionele ‘dysregulation’ en die brein(dis)funksie daarmee geassosieer, is baie handig om te weet en te verstaan.

    Die mood swings en breekgoed, klink soos ‘n erge PMS-aanval! Wys jou nou net: hormone veroorsaak (tydelike) breinskade! 😂😂😂

    Ek stuur baie liefde en ek hoop die ‘refurbishing’ ontwrigtings is amper op ‘n einde. Dit kan nie maklik wees nie.

    En baie, baie dankie vir die Tresoldi kunswerk. Dis so mooi, dit laat my hart pyn.

    Liefde daar!


    • Gerda Saunders
      July 11, 2023 @ 11:14 am

      My liewe Hanli, ek het nou net vir jou geskryf en nou het ek dit verloor…Ek probeer weer. Dis so wonderlik om te weet dat jy aan my dink. Baie dankie vir jou liefdevolle kommentaar op my skrywe. Dit beteken vir my so baie dat dit vir jou sekere insigte bring. Soos jy my ook insigte bring. So bly Tresoldi se basilica gee jou ook hoendervleis en bring die hartkramp van wonder/melankolie, emosies wat so na aan mekaar is. En dit gebeur deur kuns en woorde en die lieflike wereld sonder (of ten spiet van) hormone! So bly ek het kontak met jou. Het ook nou net bietjie by Erna gekuier op Facebook. Hoe verlang ek na haar, hoe bly is ek dat sy (en jy en Zak) in my lewe is end dat sy blykbaar ‘n lewe vol van liefde en aanhoudende stimulasie lei. Baie, baie liefde.


  3. Lorna
    July 8, 2023 @ 11:27 am

    Despite and because of your dement, I am in complete surrender to your remarkable brain. Your writing drops me to my knees in meaning, content and language.


    • Gerda Saunders
      July 11, 2023 @ 11:49 am

      Dear Lorna, thanks so much for your generous comment–it means so much to me that the writing I love and can still do means something to you. Your appreciation is over-the-top–but that’s what I love these days because it inspires me to go on. So lovely to hear from you, so glad to have your support.


  4. Laree Prisbrey
    July 9, 2023 @ 1:12 pm

    Thanks Lorna for that remarkable saga about remarkable people. Jherda’s, (to my mind) ability to use abstract thinking and retained knowledge is beautiful and heart breaking. Mom


    • Gerda Saunders
      July 11, 2023 @ 11:52 am

      I now have the double pleasure or knowing that you and lovely Lorna “belong to each other.” Thanks so much for your appreciative comment and for making me feel that what I write still has meaning to some people. I am very happy to “meet” such a lovely mom and daughter. Sending you all the blessing from the universe that I can ask for!


  5. Annette Lavoie
    July 10, 2023 @ 10:58 pm

    Beautiful Gerda. I continued to be awed by your ability to share your experiences so articulately while am stymied by sharing my own less challenging journey. I miss you. With much love from Thailand


    • Gerda Saunders
      July 11, 2023 @ 11:55 am

      My dear Annette, how wonderful to hear from you–from Thailand! I have heard a bit about your travels from terry–will see our remarkable friend this week, if things work out perfectly. I don’t think journeys have a hierarchy–eveyrbody’s journey takes all that person can give, and you are giving it your all. I’d love to hear more about what you’re doing–and I hope that will take you into my neck of the woods before too very long. Love you.


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