Kelly Gunderson’s mother hasn’t recognized her daughter in a long time. After hoping day after day for a moment of remembrance, her mother calls out her name.
Georgia resident Kelly Gunderson, says her mother Daphne Tresher, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2003 but “knew who I was, even if just for a moment,” in a heartwarming video that’s been watched almost 10 million times.
Though her mother has good days and bad days, Gunderson says most of the time the 87-year-old woman doesn’t know who she is. “Some days she thinks I am her cousin or someone she raised but did not birth me. She will only get worse.”
While lying in bed together, Gunderson asks her mother if she recognizes her, and is stunned when her mother says “Kelly.”
“Yes, Mama!” Gunderson says. “Yes, I am Kelly.”
“Well, I love Kelly,” Tresher says. “And didn’t I name you Kelly?”
“Yes, you did!” replies Gunderson, prompting the women to laugh out loud.
“Well, I love you, Kelly,” her mother says.
“I love you, Mama,” Gunderson adds.
As both women savor the present moment Gunderson asks her mother what she’s thinking about.
“Well, I’m lovin’ you,” Tresher says.
“I’m lovin’ you, too, Mama,” Gunderson replies.
“Oh, well, we’re both doin’ the same thing, aren’t we?” Tresher adds.
The identical twin and married mother of two had been casually recording her conversations with her mother the week prior and never expected to capture the precious moment of clarity.
“I never know what I’m going to get when I’m talking with her,” Gunderson said. “I was just enjoying it. And then, when she said my name — and I have an identical twin sister — so, when she said ‘Kelly,’ it just caught me off guard.”
Gunderson said she posted the one and a half minute video on Youtube to “bless others who have family members going through this.”