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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. It has been created to keep friends and family updated about our experience while undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.



Dear Family & Friends,

Who knew a year later we'd be here again, preparing for a second stem cell transplant? Well, the fact is we are and we need you more than ever.

It looks like the transplant may fall about the same time as last year, Chip's birthday. That's a good thing in that it mentally prepares my wonderful caregivers, Chip, Mom and Dad, and me for what we face and the timeline of when/how things happen.

I am so blessed to have a wonderful team of doctors and nurses here in Albany who have cared for me, coached me, hugged me, counseled me, and loved me as we prepare for the second transplant. There are too many to name, but special thanks go to the Phoebe BMT team - Michelle, Vicki and Wanda; and my awesome, awesome docs, Dr. Philip Roberts and Dr. Jose Tongol. They keep it real....with a smile. Amie Lockhart is a special friend and medical professional. The entire seventh floor oncology nurses and staff on the outpatient unit and the seventh floor hospital nurses are gifted angels who were stuck with me during the four day and night long treatments.

There's a whole host of friends and families who have been my Prayer Warriors along with the medical teams, and like I said, we need you as much as ever. This journey has strengthened our faith in God's mercy and we are blessed so much by the Lord's increasing presence in our lives.

The need for blood and platelets is tremendous, especially after Hurricane Ike. If you can, give blood and/or platelets, and know that you are helping heal folks and save lives. I've been on the receiving end many times and am grateful for everyone who can give!

We will keep you posted as we prepare for this second journey. We love each and every one of you more than you know.

For newbies who might not know our story, here it is in the greatly condensed version.....

Sara was diagnosed in 1992 with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She was treated at Duke and luckily, because as we all know, Sara faints pretty easily and was able to be treated with oral chemo. She was in remission for 12 years.

The cancer returned in 2005. Unfortunately the chemo knocked the cancer back a bit, but did not provide a remission.

It became obvious that more aggressive treatment was needed. Sara and Chip decided to seek a second opinion after learning about MD Anderson's transplant program.

A stem cell transplant occurred on Oct. 19, 2007, but in June 2008, tests showed the cancer had returned. Now we are headed back to Houston for a second transplant.

So, this website is our effort to keep friends and family in the loop....

Our God is an awesome God and our trust and faith are in Him.

Much love to you all,

Sara and Chip

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Dear Friends,We  want to let everyone know that Sara has stopped struggling, having pain, and made it home to be with our Father in Heaven.  She passed peacefully last ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Dear Friends,We  want to let everyone know that Sara has stopped struggling, having pain, and made it home to be with our Father in Heaven.  She passed peacefully last ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Dear Prayer Warriors,The good news is that my hair is growing back and it appears to be dark (maybe no gray?). It's straight this time and sticks out all over, unlike the ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Dear Friends,We arrived back in GA on Saturday and what a wonderful feeling it was to get home. The original plan was to be in TX for two or three days and return home. ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Sara was able to get out of the hospital Saturday afternoon and it was wonderful to get her back to the hotel!  We had a pretty quiet weekend  and have been mostly ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Hello Family and Friends,Good News!  If all continues to go well tonight and tomorrow Sara should be released from the hospital by tomorrow night.  Even though it's ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Hello everyone,Sara is much improved the last couple of days and hopefully will be out of the hospital the first part of the week if everything continues to go well.  All ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Dear Prayer Warriors,Greetings from Houston!  After resting and recovering from the wedding and graduation we left for Texas and a follow up with Dr. Champlin at M. D. ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Hello All!We are so sorry not to have posted sooner but it has been a very hectic time since leaving Texas.  WE GOT HOME!  Immediately after went to Michelle's wedding ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Dear Everyone,Happy Easter!  We received some great news yesterday!  Sara's doctors have approved a plan which should get us home just in time for daughter Michelle's ... Read more

Sara Underdown posted a new journal entry.

Dear Prayer Warriors,Sara continues to make progress this week but remains in the hospital.  Last night she moved from the stem cell transplant floor to ... Read more

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