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Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Sarah. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.
Thank you for coming to the website to support Sarah and our family during this most difficult time in our lives. As most of you know Sarah suffered a severe brain injury on May 14. Recovery will be a long process. Our lives are changed forever. We know Sarah has many friends and relatives who want to show their support, share their well wishes and communicate with her. We set up this site to give you the most up to date information we can and accept your well wishes while making it easy on us. This site will allow two way communication with everyone. Please visit often and leave us messages which we can share with Sarah :)
So it’s now been four months since the accident happened. I have to say, it seems like it happened forever ago. For the past few months, I have felt like I am back to my old self, just with some shorter hair. I am just as amazed as everyone else about how quickly I recovered, and so incredibly thankful. I think that what helped me the most was the support from every single person who reached out to me. Everyone who has been reading this website, all of my friends, and everyone in my family who have been concerned and caring this entire time have really brought me back full force. It every so often still hits me how amazing everyone has been to me lately, and how much that pulled me through.
I have to especially thank all of my friends who came to visit me at the hospital or once I got home, because your presence and all of your positive energy finally put me in a good mood and helped me connect with the outside world again. To everyone in my family, I appreciate every second that you were with me at the hospital and RIC. You all helped me as much as humanly possible, and thank you so much for spending time watching me at night so that my parents could sleep, even for a short amount of time. Without all of you, I would not have received so much love and support, and as always, I was glad to see you so often. And last, but definitely not least, I want to thank mom and dad. Writing this down is difficult to do, even to put it into words, but I think that the best I can say is that you are the best parents anyone could ever ask for. You spent every minute with me through all of this, barely slept, and never left me alone when I was away from home. You did everything for me, and since I have recovered, I feel even closer to both of you than ever before. I don’t think I would have made it through so well without you being there for me every step of the way. I love you so unbelievably much.
Ever since the middle of summer, I have felt better than ever before. I spent a lot of my summer in rehabilitation, but the rest of the time with all of my friends, doing whatever we normally do. I went to quite a few concerts, met some amazing people along the way, and am now back at school in all of the classes I was going to take anyway. Even though I have never particularly enjoyed school, this year is so far going really well. I feel like I have a whole new view of the world now, and my life has changed completely. But that is not a bad thing at all, in fact I think it is great to see everything differently and enjoy the smallest things in life when you know just how fast it can possibly end. So all I can hope for now is that the rest of my life unravels happily, and that every day I successfully overcome even the smallest thing- just like everybody else.
We cherish your messages of love and support. Please take a moment to write in the guestbook and read messages from others. We promise to share them with Sarah on a daily basis. We will also leave messages from Sarah when she is ready.