Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 11th October 2013

I’m sorry for being so tardy in sharing this Pear and Walnut Bread but unfortunately my mom suffered a stroke a few days after my nephew’s wedding. It’s come as a complete shock because mom has always been so healthy.

Pear and Walnut Bread displayed on white ruffled edge cake stand.

She’s still in the critical care department because she’s not been able to breathe without the assistance of a machine but we’re really hopeful that she’ll be off the machine within the next couple of days. We’re not certain as to how much damage has been done because she hasn’t been able to speak because of the breathing tube.

Close up and cropped photo of Pear and Walnut Bread on a white ruffled edge cake stand.

My biggest fear is that she won’t remember who we are. I haven’t stopped praying since this nightmare began. My mom is the strongest woman I know and I think with time she’ll make a full recovery but the waiting has been unbearable, I just want to hear her voice.

Pear and Walnut Quick Bread dusted with confectioners' sugar with slice removed displayed on white cake stand.

My mom is one of those people that have a memory like an elephant; she can describe an event from twenty years ago as if it took place yesterday. I hope in time she’ll be able to continue sharing all her stories.

Photo taken looking down on Pear Bread displayed on white cake stand with multi coloured cloth napkin.

Initially she was taken to Victoria Hospital but has since been moved to University Hospital. The teams of nurses and doctors have been providing the best care and they’ve been amazing with us. We are a large family and I’m sure it’s not easy for the team when there’s a never-ending parade of family members coming in and out to visit and calling for updates.

A photo of a slice on Pear Bread displayed on white dessert dish set in front of whole cake displayed on white cake stand.

They’ve been very patient and most supportive. They’ve allowed us to spend a great deal of time with mom for which we are extremely grateful.

Photo of a slice of Pear and Walnut Quick Bread dusted with confectioners' sugar.

I’m not sure how active I’m going to be over the next few months because my main priority is my mom and her recovery; it’s been very difficult to think of anything else. I am praying that when I go to the hospital today I’ll see mom free of tubes, which will mean the doctors can assess the damage that’s been done and we can begin to help mom through the recovery process.

Close up photo of Pear Quick Bread on a white cake stand.

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Comments (30)

30 Responses to “Pear and Walnut Bread”

  1. Poornima Says:

    Oh god, Grace, I am so sorry….you have been really having a tough time lately. I will pray for your mother’s fast recovery, I hope she will be back on her feet very soon. You stay strong and take care of her and yourself. All my good wishes and heartfelt prayers are with you.


  2. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you Poornima, it has been a bit of a tough go lately but I am just so thankful Mom is here with us. She’s very independent and from what we can piece together she had the stroke early in the morning (probably around 7 am) but we didn’t find her until almost 9 pm that evening (we didn’t start getting concerned until evening because she’s always out and about or working in her garden etc), she was very strong and held on for help. Like I said in my post she is the strongest woman I know, 84 this year and she’s on the go all the time. I think we’re all going to feel better when she can speak.

  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    Oh Grace, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom’s stroke. I really hope that you get good news about her health soon. I’m thinking of you and your family. xo

  4. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you so much Lauren. I just got home from the hospital and although they couldn’t remove the tube (they tried) they had her sitting in a chair today and she was the most alert I’ve seen her since it happened.

  5. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate Says:

    Thinking of you and your family and wishing you all the best. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you Mallory and Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

  7. Candice Says:

    Prayers to you and your family.

  8. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you so much Candice.

  9. Vilma Cipriani-Ramsey Says:

    Grace, so sorry to hear about your mom. As you say, she is a strong woman and that is why she is still here. She held on for a whole day because she had a will to keeping going. Stay strong because she needs you. Prayers to you and your family.

  10. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Much thanks for the prayers Vilma.

  11. Ruthy @ Omeletta Says:

    Grace, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts. I hope to read that you guys have some great news regarding her recovery very soon.

  12. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Fingers crossed and many prayers Ruthy, thank you so much.

  13. Poornima Says:

    Damn, it is too bad that she had to wait for so many hours but i am so glad she held on, i am sure that must have taken a lot of strength and courage. I know you may not be able to blog for a few months but hopefully you will be able to post or tweet a short positive update when things are hopefully back to normal. I will be waiting and i will pray for your mother every single day. Take care.

  14. Mary Says:

    So sorry to learn of your Mom’s stroke. Prayers for you and your family.

  15. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you so much Mary.

  16. Marlene Says:

    Grace, I’m sorry to hear of your Mom’s stroke and hope that she will have a full recovery. Although we haven’t met, I’m another London food blogger. I know that your mom is in an excellent place for care and I’m sure that’s a comfort to you and your family. Best wishes.

  17. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you Marlene. We’re so lucky to live in a city with excellent hospitals. I’ve met so many people over the last two weeks that are coming in from care across Ontario. My heart goes out to them not only are there family members ill but they have to deal with trying to find a place to stay and the expense is unreal. It’s easy to take things like this for granted. When Mom is better I would really like to connect, maybe we could meet for coffee?

  18. Christine Kish Says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I will keep her in my prayers. Having a loving supportive family plays such a vital role in a stroke patient’s recovery so hopefully she will be able to put this all behind her in due time. I also wanted to drop you a note and thank you for your encouragement in starting a blog while writing my cookbook. I launched it 6 weeks ago and cannot believe how quickly it has developed a huge audience. I hope to celebrate your mother’s return to good heath soon. XOXO Christine

  19. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you so much Christine. I’m so happy the blog has been a huge success!

  20. Maura Says:

    Oh Grace, I am so sorry to hear this news. Has your mum recovered since? I’ll keep her in my prayers.

  21. lyly Says:

    Grace, I’m sorry to hear of your Mom’s stroke. I’ll pray for her to have full recovery. Best wishes for your family.

  22. Ivana Says:

    I hope your mom recover soon and I pray for it…I’m really sorry about your mom’s stroke…best wishes

  23. Kumar's Kitchen Says:

    such a wonderful loaf…love its perfectly moist and spongy texture :-)

  24. marly Says:

    So sorry to hear about your mom, Grace. Hope you all are doing ok. My thoughts are with you!

  25. Lucie Says:

    Dear Grace,

    I was so sorry to read about your mother’s stroke, what a tragedy. I hope that by now she is well and fully recovered.
    My deapest prayers are with you and your family.
    I am sorry to write just now but it was today that after 3 years that I had first seen your blog that I managed to find it again by a picture of your gorgeous Bomboloni that I will never forget.
    I must admit your website never got out of my head because I truly never came across such a deep and detailed content as yours has.
    Every gram is present, every ingredient gently described, every single special touch you put in your recipes is shared with us and I have no words to describe how much it is appreciated.
    You are truly a master pastry chef with the most delectable taste (I can tell by your recipes and results) and the warmest heart, again, seen in your shared experiences and thoughts.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the treasure you share with us sweet toothed cake lovers.
    My best wishes are for you and your family and hopefully we can see you posting again soon.

  26. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Lucie, so sorry for replying so late, mom is coming along but unfortunately not back on her feet yet. I am hoping to start posting soon but it’s been hard to focus on anything other than mom’s recovery. Thank you so much for the kind words, all the best!

  27. Banu Bingor Says:

    Hello Grace…
    This is Banu from Istanbul. A 100% stranger… I’ve just found your facebook page, then came here… It seems you’ve given a break for a long time. I hope your mother is better now. Just wanted to say hi when I read your last post which really touched my heart… Sending my best regards…

  28. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you so much Banu, it’s been a very slow recovery and although we can’t take her home yet she was moved from the hospital in mid April. We’re still praying that we will be able to bring her home but unfortunately at this time she still needs 24-hour care. She hasn’t regained her speech nor the use of her right side yet but we are hopeful.

  29. Vilma Cipriani Ramsey Says:

    Hi Grace,
    Hoping we could get an update regarding your mom.You guys have been in my thoughts and was wondering how she was doing.

  30. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Hi Vilma,

    So very good to hear from you! Mom is doing much better but unfortunately we still haven’t been able to bring her home. We are with her the better part of the day caring for her. She’s still paralyzed on the right side and hasn’t regained her speech. We work with her every day in hopes that she will be able to regain communication. With respect to mobility, it’s very odd, and rare but the stroke affected her hip rather than her leg and recovering use of the right side might not be possible but we haven’t given up hope, we work with her leg and arm daily trying to build up strength and she has come quite far since we moved her from the hospital in April to the care facility, unfortunately it might have been a little too late. We pushed for therapy at the hospital but to be honest, I think because of her age they didn’t invest much hope or time. What they considered therapy was spending five minutes out of the day attempting to move her from bed to chair with a board – it was so frustrating!

    I’m hoping to return to posting on the site soon but it’s been very difficult because mom comes first and with my injury it’s been too difficult to do both. Some days I can barely walk but I push myself to go because changing mom’s routine in any way is quite difficult on her and because she can’t communicate we can’t be sure what she’s feeling. She tries so hard.

    I hope things are good with you!

    All the best,


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