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11/15/2016 Latest post:
Where to begin....There's a song by my favorite band that I would use to summarize Sarah's story. "What a long strange trip it's been..."
Looking back..we think it began in Kentucky. God brought us home in July 2013 (California) and Sarah was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Disease in October 2014. For ten months her doctors fought to save her kidneys. This would eventually change to End Stage Kidney Failure and the search would begin for a donor. Some people wait years for a match and donor. Sarah was blessed to be a match with Steve, who with the support of his wife Melinda began that process over a year ago. Steve's employer supported Steve with a donation to help cover his expenses. They are behind him 150%. Steve's gift brings Sarah new life.
Sarah mentioned a couple days ago she was a little anxious. She knows "Leo" ( her catheter) is dependable. He will stay with Sarah for about a month following surgery at which time she will undergo another surgery to remove it.
Sarah refused to be defined by her disease. Her love and trust in God has taught both of us what is real and most important in life. She has taught us too slow down and appreciate life. She has taught us how to have hope even in the midst of great sadness. Her faith has never wavered. She is on fire for the Lord and convicted in her faith. Today a new door is opening for her. It's been long trip and we know that this trip will continue in God's light and love. We trust and accept this journey.