Just weeks before Gertrude’s mother’s 83rd birthday she suffered a stroke. We rejoice that she has recovered as well as she has, but she is no longer able to stay in her home by herself. Since her release from the rehabilitation center Gertrude’s sisters have been spending time at home to help care for their mother. On October 12, Gertrude head home to spend just over six weeks at home with her mother. This has been the longest time that we have been apart.