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I heard a woman speak at a conference a long time ago who said, “There are people waiting for you on the other side of your pain.”

That line took root in my heart and has never left. Whenever I am in the middle of something incredibly difficult, the one small consolation I have is that when I come out on the other side, I will be able to use that pain to help someone who is going through the same thing.

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Journey To Graduation

April 9, 2014

It’s been a journey eighteen years long.

It’s been an especially precious journey because cancer made its appearance along the way and tried to convince us we weren’t going to be able to see the journey to completion.

It tried to tell us we would never see our sweet Sarah grow up.

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 Before Sarah’s prom last week, her friend Taylor came over to set her hair. When she was done, Sarah unearthed an old bandana and wore it over the pin curls for several hours.

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Today Sarah is officially a ten year, bone marrow transplant survivor!

Woo-hoo and hallelujah!
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With yet another Sarah Story, we are continuing the countdown to Sarah’s 10th Bone Marrow Transplant tomorrow. This story features Snowy, Sarah’s intrepid cancer nurse.

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Today we continue Sarah Smith Week, leading up to the 10th anniversary of her bone marrow transplant on  Thursday. 


A few years ago, another cancer mom asked me to write an article for a cancer newsletter she published every month.  I wrote the following piece called, “When Cancer Comes To Call.”

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It’s Sarah Smith Week

January 6, 2013

Thursday is Sarah’s 10th Bone Marrow Transplant Anniversary so I’m going to spend the days leading up  to Thursday featuring lots of Sarah Stuff.   I’ll get started with a Sarah Story that took place a couple of weeks ago.


A few days before Christmas, our church had a candlelight communion service .  

We’ve done this service every year since we’ve been here; it’s sort of a gift from our family to the church members as  Steve and I lead in Christmas carols and he reads a specially chosen story to the congregation before we have communion.    

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Those Days

January 3, 2013

Yesterday was Steve’s and my 31st wedding anniversary. 

Although January 2 has been special in our lives for a long time, ten years ago that date came to have an added meaning in our lives because it was the day that Sarah was admitted to the bone marrow transplant floor of Duke University Hospital.  (She was there almost a month.)
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