ROSELLE, Ill. -- Cheryl Ann Tomiczek, fighting to recover from severe amnesia, is content in her new life and acting like her 'old self' with family members she does not remember, her mother says.
'She's very content and wants to get involved,' her mother, Irene Tomiczek, said Wednesday, describing how Miss Tomiczek helped pick out vegetables at the supermarket and helped make a family meal.
'She was very meticulous,' she said. 'Just like her old self.'
Miss Tomiczek, 34, returned to the family's ranch-style home Tuesday, nearly eight months after she was found naked and near death in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., park. She could remember nothing about herself or how she got there.
The young woman appeared on a national television show to publicize her plight and hundreds of families claimed to recognize her as a relative.
Officials pinpointed the Tomiczeks as the woman's family when Miss Tomiczek remembered bits and pieces of her past in a suburban Chicago home. Her parents traveled to Florida last month to identify their daughter.
Mrs. Tomiczek said her daughter is 'definitely not frightened anymore' and settled down Wednesday to sew a nightgown. However, the mother refused interviews of her daughter, saying, 'She's tired and exhausted.'
'We're taking one day at a time,' Mrs. Tomiczek said. 'I'm not going to make her do anything she doesn't want to do.'
She said she would not ask her daughter, whom she had not seen for seven years before last month, 'about being found. It would be too upsetting.'
While Miss Tomiczek said she does not remember the Tomiczeks as her parents, she told her mother she feels something for them and has called the family 'nice people.'