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That your mother remembered that she loved you was the brightest spot of your sad real-life story.
This brought a tear to my eye. Beautifully written.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us with this poignant and beautiful story about your lovely Mom.

I worked in a SNF for years, and when I retired a patient of mine who had Alzheimer's didn't recognize anyone any longer, I was told. One day I visited after several months being retired, and I went to see her. The DNS said, "you know she's really bad and won't remember you..." I said, "I know, just want to say hello."

Well, She sat up, alert eyes, and said, "Hi Camille, Oh how I've missed you honey!"

I fought tears that day as I was so blessed for that gift God gave us both. She passed two days later.

God gave your such a "gift" that your beloved Mom would utter those loving words to you before passing, until you meet again.

I loved this entry, I pray it wins!

Blessings to you~
This leaves a lump in my throat. You did a wonderful job of not only caring for your mother, but of sharing your story so that others can understand.
Dearest Leola,

I am thrilled that the judges saw this as a winner, and pleased that you won!

Congratulations on your ability to share your heart with our breaking hearts, yet bringing home the truth of this horrific disorder that robs the family of their loved ones...and the loved ones of their minds.

God bless you always~
Beautifully written.
Beautifully written, with a strong mix of objectivity and the anguish that reflects personal experience. With so many emotions and memories swirling through this story, you have managed to keep it succinct. Well done on your win and well-deserved.
Congrats- a well written and very moving story.
Congratulations on winning 1st place,Leola.

Touching story of a loving bond between mother and daughter.

My mom is in the beginning stages of vascular dementia. It is difficult at times when she can't remember a name or place.
This was beautiful Leola. Thank you for sharing it with us. It's a blessing to read.
Leola, well deserved. I went through this for 10 years with my mother-in-law and it hits close to home. Thanks for finding the words for a journey many of us wouldn't chose to take but can't avoid. I thank God for the strength he gives along the way.