Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Our Sarah (click link)

In lieu of flowers, Sarah would have wanted donations sent to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.    To donate in her memory, click here

For those close friends and family who have asked to help with funeral costs - you may donate to Sarah's memorial fund.  (on side bar)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


I'm sorry to be so behind on updating about Sarah - but it's been a hard month for all of us.  Dr. Taub (Sarah's oncologist in New York) decided to stop the chemo treatment because of the harm it was doing to her body.  He said their goal now was just to make her as comfortable as possible and asked her what she would like to do.  She said she would like to go home.  On November 29th, she and Shaun flew to Utah and arrived safely to their Ogden home - much to everyone's relief.  She is happy to be home in her Christmasy house and to see her kids, friends and family and feels like a freed prisoner (not a fan of hospitals).  She is very, very sick but is handling it amazingly.  A lot better than most of us.  Shaun is her 24/7 caretaker and continues to be an incredible husband and nurse.  We are all so very very thankful for him.

Before I went to Utah, I took a last minute trip to New York.  My parents were already there and it was good to be able to spend time with Sarah.  I left feeling a new admiration for my sweet sister.  Like she always has - she is dealing with this terrible trial with grace and humor.  I think we were all in awe.

dad, the official foot rubber
mom and dad washing her hair
Can you believe her beautiful hair?
I spent one day back home (in memphis) and then packed for Utah and headed there and stayed about 3 weeks. 

Sarah with Luke

Sarah's fam  - Sarah, Rachel, Shaun & Jack

Sarah with parents and siblings
Oh and here are a few snapshots I took of the "Favorite Things" book I put together for Sarah.  Thank you everyone who sent stuff - I think she really likes it and looks through it when she feels up to it.  If you didn't write anything and still want to - there are empty pages in the back. It was so beautiful to read all the things people love about someone I love so much.  It ended up being about 40 pages - not sure how many people wrote stuff but a lot. Thanks again!  (sorry for the poor quality pics)

I don't know how to say on a blog post the things I feel - and even if I could I'm not sure it would be the place for that anyway.  I hope you will all understand my not sharing sensitive emotions and just simply updating all of you who love her so dearly.  Our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers and all you do and have done for Sarah.  

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Dear Friends and Family of Sarah -
want to make a "These are a few of my favorite things..." book for Sarah with notes and pictures from her friends and family.  Just a quick note of your favorite things about Sarah and your favorite picture with her (if you have one or if it's handy).  Who doesn't love to know everyone's favorite thing is about them right?  So, just send me a few lines just saying the top things you love about Sarah at  And if you want to include a funny memory or story to illustrate your point - feel free. :-)  I want to get this done as soon as possible - so try to respond by Monday DECEMBER 5th.   If you don't make it by then and still want to  write something - do and I will just add it to the book later.  Okay, thanks everybody!