Alzheimer’s disease is one of the cruelest diseases there is. It robs people of their memories, of their personalities, and their identities. It causes great heartache for their loved ones when they can look into each other’s eyes and know that they are not recognized. It’s as if they were strangers.

Sometimes, the Alzheimer’s sufferer can have rare moments of clarity amongst the fog. One such moment was captured on camera by Kelly Gunderson when she was spending time with her 87-year-old mother. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s but recognized who Kelly was, even if it was just for a little while.

The mother and daughter share a very precious moment of lucidity where they exchange “I love you’s”. It’s beautiful and touching.

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