Cootie, how difficult those 15 months had to have been for you and your family. I was able to talk with my Mom everyday during her hospitalization, and still she was missed so much. It is heartbreaking to read of your Mom's coma. I hope you have taken comfort in knowing that much, if not all, of the words you spoke to her during those painful and difficult months were heard. Your much beloved Mother heard your words of love and concern. Hearing is the sense that remains. You have my deepest sympathy. You sound like a wonderful, and I am so happy for you that, day to day, that very special Mother/Daughter bond is still a part of your life. I'm sure you do a fine job of honoring your Mom's memory. She is with you today, as you mark what would have been her 80th birthday. Holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries of memorable occasions are tough days to weather. That ever-present sense of loss and lonliness intensifies. You are in my thoughts today. I so appreciate your wanting to reach out..