Delivery & Diagnosis
Between contractions while giving birth to her second child, the last thing on Sara’s mind was cancer. But that’s exactly when she found out she had leukemia. Fortunately, she was blessed with a healthy baby girl – her little miracle who helped find the cancer in its earlier stages. But while her new baby went to the nursery, Sara began four weeks in an isolation room. During that time she set up a CaringBridge website to stay in touch with loved ones.
Technology with a Heart
“My nurse Carol informed me of a website called CaringBridge,” Sara wrote in her online journal. “The second she told me about it I could feel myself getting excited as I knew this was something I would like to do.” A laptop was ordered and delivered to her room that day – it became her window to the world. Her husband told 15 people about the website and they were amazed at how quickly the word spread.
“On the first day I created my CaringBridge website I received 120 hits. I never could have communicated with 120 people in one day without this website,” said Sara. “This was certainly the time when I realized that the advancements made in technology were going to give me the ability to communicate with others when I would need it most, where otherwise it would’ve been impossible.”
Support & Healing
Sara credits her CaringBridge site with giving her the chance to find self–healing. She made time for herself each week to sort out her feelings and write them down. “When I started my website it was just a way to let people know what was happening and how I was doing. When the guestbook entries started coming in I knew that this was going to be so much more than that,” Sara wrote in her final entry. “Your amazing outreach has touched my heart and life in ways I find hard to express.”
Today, Sara is in remission and enjoys spending time with her husband, Todd, and children, Chandler and Delaney.