I took this picture of my mother and my grandson last Christmas. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s type dementia 4 1/2 years ago. Although she hasn’t known who I am for some time, she never forgot how to embroider (that’s an embroidery hoop in her hands).

On Sunday, she suffered a serious stroke. As you can imagine, my family is dealing with many difficult issues at the moment. Please keep us in your prayers.



  1. quilt pixie said,

    August 8, 2007 at 7:51 am

    may the peace of God, whiches passes all understanding, comfort your family, and illuminate the medical staff, so all may care for your mom well. 🙂

  2. Sandy said,

    August 8, 2007 at 9:03 am

    My thoughts are with you in this trying time. Sandy

  3. Skye said,

    August 8, 2007 at 9:24 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. My Father-n-law has also been diagnoed with Alzheimer’s and although most tmes his mnd is not with us, he too still remembers how to paint with his watercolors…You have my prayers and my best wishes..

  4. Denise said,

    August 8, 2007 at 11:24 am

    It doesn’t matter if they know us or not, part of us remains a child as long as our parents are with us. When they suffer – we suffer.
    Your Mum will always be a part of you.
    May you both find peace in this difficult time. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  5. debbi said,

    August 8, 2007 at 11:35 am

    You, Your Mom and your family are in my prayers.

  6. Pam H. said,

    August 8, 2007 at 11:35 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. It’s very difficult when your parents start failing. I will certainly keep you in my prayers.

  7. Barb said,

    August 8, 2007 at 11:47 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. I hope everything turns out well and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Be strong–you are loved.

  8. Emmy said,

    August 8, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    this is so sad I hope you and your family wil get muts strength I wil be with you in my thought
    greetings Emmy

  9. Janet Golay said,

    August 8, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mother’s situation. I certainly can empathize with you as my sweet Mama was sick for 8 years before she was called home. Know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. What a treasure the picture is that you shared in your blog. Thanks for taking time to do that.

  10. karoda said,

    August 8, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    I’m so sorry…its an arduous challenge for a family to go through. peace

  11. Corina said,

    August 8, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    I will pray for you and your love ones.

  12. Michelle Wyman said,

    August 8, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    I am so sorry and will keep you and your loved ones in my prayers. My dad is also at about year 4 of this terrible disease. Peace be with you.

  13. Susan D said,

    August 9, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum, my thought are with you.

  14. Linda Knight said,

    August 9, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    The picture of your Mom is wonderful and thank you for sharing it with us, and for sharing so much of yourself with us all the time. Many prayers are going heavenward for her and her medical staff and other caregivers. I especially pray for peace for all of your family.

  15. Elaine said,

    August 9, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Rene, you and your precious mother are foremost in my prayers. What a treasured photo of her with that gorgeous grandchild of yours.

  16. Fitzy said,

    August 10, 2007 at 6:56 am

    many hugs

  17. Susan said,

    August 11, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I’m so sorry you are all having such a difficult time. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  18. August 13, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Prayers and peace.

  19. Momo Jacob said,

    August 13, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Ich wünsche dir viel Kraft in dieser Zeit, meine Gedanken sind bei dir und deiner Familie.

    I wish you all the power in this times, my thoughts are with you and your family.

  20. Sonnja said,

    August 19, 2007 at 3:42 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother.
    Kind Regards,


  21. August 21, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Here’s to wishing your mother a speedy recovery. And it’s nice to read that even though she doesn’t remember who you are, that you two can still share embroidery together. Recover soon!


  22. shirley anne eisenberg said,

    August 21, 2007 at 2:54 pm


  23. August 23, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Sending good thoughts your way during this difficult time. Jane

  24. Christine said,

    August 23, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    My heart goes out to you. Our Mothers, Our Selves is so true. You have given so much to all of us whom you do not know; I am sure you are the mainstay of your mother’s life. Bless you and her in this trying time. Christine

  25. Dianne Sahakian said,

    August 25, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Eefje I hope and pray your mother gets over her stroke, even though she doesn’t remember you, real, real, deep in her brain somewhere when she does it may only be five minutes, treasure each and every day you have her with you even though is hard to take care of someone with alzheimer’s and now with a stroke, I know you do all you can for her along with doctor’s and nurses too. It is a wonderful picture of her doing the embroidery and with your grandson is precious. I took care of my grandmother for 2 years before God called her home with him but she had it for 15 to 20 years. Allow her to do everything she can so she gets over the stroke which won’t be easy for you or her. Your mother and your family will be in my prayers. Love and Hugs to All

  26. August 28, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    I hope things are going well with your mother’s stroke recovery. And this may seem trivial to say at this point, but I wanted to thank you for sharing so much great stitchery info with your readers. (You’ve been given a Nice Matters Award as a thank you!)

    Take a few moments each day to relax and recover from the stress/anxiety of getting your mother through this hard time. Wishing you lots of good thoughts!


  27. Sherrill said,

    August 29, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    So sorry to hear your mother isn’t well. I will pray for her as well as you. It’s more hard for us to watch our parents fail then we know. It takes a strong women to cope.
    Enjoy your mom every day, hug her and tell her you love her.

    I have recently lost my mother and miss her very much. I believe we all live with our parents’ influences and carry on to our younger family.

    Prayers for you and Mom,

    Sherrill H.

  28. Marilyn Szatmari said,

    September 4, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I have been through this with my Mum a few months ago so i feel for you and your family lots of hugs going your way Marilyn Australia

  29. Nettie said,

    September 6, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Oh, i’m so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts will be with you and your family. Thanks for sharing the beautiful picture of her. That’s wonderful that she could still embroider. Hope she recovers soon.

  30. Susan Ramey said,

    September 6, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    I’m praying that God blesses you and your family and comforts you in this difficult time. May he give you the strength you need and show you the way.
    I lost my mother a couple of years ago. She had a form of dementia for the last year of her life, but not alzheimer. I know it’s hard. God bless you.

  31. jenny said,

    September 7, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    I am praying for your Mum and you and your family – stroke is one of the most difficult of illnesses to deal with. Our Mum’s our our lifelines. Love and best wishes

  32. Mouseclone said,

    September 12, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    If she is critical you should left her go. Do not bind her to this earth. She will always be with you, even after death.

    I don’t know the extent of her issues. My personal opinion of seeing how my grandpa was on his death bed, is that he needed to be released. All of his family went to see him. We all said our good-byes and we all felt at peace.

    Sorrow will grow if you do not handle the things that need to be handled. If you or anyone else needs to make peace, then do it. Release her from any bond you have on her. She will be free and in a better place.

  33. Shashi said,

    September 13, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Prayers and good thoughts for you and your family

  34. Nathalie.L said,

    September 26, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Je vous souhaite beaucoup de courage. Mes pensées vont vers vous.

  35. Lizmay Cowie said,

    July 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Hi My heart goes out to you and your family my Dad died nearly 2 years ago he had pulmonary dementia and after waiting 2 years to get to see him in England he sadly died so i never got to see him.
    it was not a good ending for him as he got quite violent and was put in a home miles away from his second wife. but it was the virus that he caught at the home that finally took his life.
    I will say this remember the best of times and light a mental candle for their spirit and that will guide them home, when the time comes.

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