The worst thing about Alzheimer’s disease is that moment when you stare at the eyes of people you dearly love, but they don’t recognize your face and can’t even utter your name.
But Kelly Gunderson, a daughter of an Alzheimer’s patient, was very happy when her mom was able to recognize who she was—even if it’s just for a few seconds.
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In a video uploaded on August 29, 2014, Kelly is shown visiting her 87-year-old mom with Alzheimer’s disease. She lay beside her on the hospital bed and started a simple conversation, which led to a very heartwarming moment.
When she asked her, “Do you know who I am though?”
She responded, “Uh-huh. Kelly.”
Surprised, Kelly said, “Yes, Momma. Yes, I am Kelly.”
“Well, I love Kelly. And didn’t I name you Kelly?” she said.
Kelly told her mom that she thought she wouldn’t know her name, to which the elderly responded by sharing the struggles she had to face because of the disease. Laughingly, she added that sometimes, she has moments when, “I’m thinking, ‘My Lord, what in the world am I thinking about?”
When her daughter asked her what she was thinking at the moment, she gave a heartening reply: “Well, I’m loving you.”
Through the end of the video, the mother and daughter exchanged a series of “I love yous,” touching the hearts of almost 10,000,000 people who have watched the clip.