Saturday, June 23, 2007

Sarah's Eulogy






Good Afternoon. I’m Mina and this is Liz and we’ve been best friends with Sarah since High School. We are deeply honored that Sarah has asked us to help celebrate her life with all of you. We would like to share some of our favorite memories of our dear friend.

Anyone who knew Sarah, knew she was determined and was never afraid to go after what she wanted. One of our favorite stories is how she got Derek’s attention which would later be referred to as the “Infamous Sweater Incident”. After high school Derek and Sarah both worked at Wal-Mart. She had been sweet on Derek for a few weeks, but wasn’t having much luck. One night she deliberately left her sweater at Wal-Mart knowing Derek’s shift ended later. Because Derek lived close to Sarah’s mom’s house she called him at work when she got home as asked if he could take her sweater home with him and she would come by his house to pick it up. Later that night she walked to his house to get her sweater and Derek invited her in for a drink. Her crafty plan had worked and the rest is history.

Another example of Sarah’s determination was shared with us by her soccer teammate and friend Abby. Abby and Sarah met when they both signed up to play for “Sisters in Soccer” in the summer of 2003. At the time Abby had recently moved from New Zealand to London and didn’t know very many people. Abby was really nervous to sign up as she hadn’t played soccer before and didn’t know anyone at registration. Coincidently Sarah didn’t know anyone either and they decided to put each others name down as the person they wanted to be on the same team with. This meant a lot to Abby because she was a friend before she was a friend and a friend when she didn’t need to be that is the person that Sarah was. The league was really social and they never took themselves too seriously. Abby played back in defense that year with Sarah, whom Abby described as a seasoned veteran- who played since age 3. Sarah had a powerful kick, and Abby always felt part of a force to be reckoned with when lining up beside Sarah to face the other team. Sarah definitely had skill and poise on the soccer field and looked good playing.

During one of the last games Sarah played in the second season, Abby and Sarah’s team was losing pretty badly and for fun they decided to change it up a bit. So for the second half the forward positions played back and the back positions played forward, they had nothing to lose! Well, didn’t Sarah go and score their team’s only goal, to the dismay of the other team who thought they were so much better. Sarah and Abby’s team still lost, but it was a sweet victory to get that one goal that denied the other team a shut out.

Sarah has also always had a sense of adventure! From Junior Kindergarten she was part of the French immersion program and in high school she had the opportunity to take some credits in France over the summer. Sarah and Derek both fell in love with Central America. They backpacked around Mexico for a few months together and later returned for another trip to Guatemala. Sarah brought us back Guatemalan worry dolls, which are supposed to take your worries away. Those dolls have lived in Ecuador with Liz for a year and accompanied Mina to New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. Sarah also spent time in the rainforests of Costa Rica with her mom, drove the Cabot Trail with Liz in Cape Breton, traveled out West with Derek to visit their close friends in B.C., honeymooned in Bermuda as a wedding gift from Sarah’s dad and walked the streets of Greenwich Village in New York City. Sarah’s last travel adventure took her to England to visit an old University roommate Lamia. Sarah explored the sites of London and took fabulous pictures of herself with the like’s of Nelson Mandela, Brad Pitt and George Cloney at Madam Tussauds Wax museum.

Sarah also lived her life with conviction and was very socially conscious. She loved animals, especially her adopted cats Misty and Mojo, Sarah made an effort in her life to eat a vegan diet and not buy leather products. Sarah also had a deep affection for children. She adored her nieces and nephews and dreamed of one day becoming a mother herself. Even when she was too sick to work, Sarah volunteered her time at a hospice and with children’s programs to enrich her life and the lives of others.

During her illness Sarah also became very vocal about patient’s rights. She encouraged other women battling cancer to advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest. There were two women that Sarah worked with who also had been diagnosed with cancer and they instantly connected. It’s was a connection that is very difficult to explain to others who have never been on this particular journey in life. There were three of them in the office who started a club which they appropriately named the “C” Club and they would laugh about it because they certainly did not have people asking to join. They would go out for dinner on occasion and it was an evening out that they each looked forward to. They found a lot of support, humor, comfort and friendship by being together.


Sarah was one of the most resourceful people we have ever met. She could write anyone a resume, find them a job, get them an apartment, decorate it and re-vamp their wardrobe within 2 weeks and for under $100. Sarah planned her entire wedding from scratch using the internet and telephone. She designed a gorgeous wedding on a dime from the food to the decorations. Her mom Pat, was her right hand lady throughout the execution of the day ensuring Sarah’s detailed plans were carried out as she envisioned them. It was a beautiful July day in Derek’s parent’s backyard. The Kaskiw’s put in countless hours of hard work ensuring their home and backyard looked perfect for the wedding. Sarah made a breath- taking bride and everyone there was honored to take part in the celebration of Derek and Sarah’s commitment to each other.

Shortly after she married Derek, Sarah fulfilled another one of her dreams, owning her own home. They moved into a house on Empress and her eye for decoration and sense of style combined with her dad’s carpentry skills turned it into a home that Sarah and Derek are very proud of. Sarah hosted several creative get togethers at their home including a vegan croquet party and last year held a Christmas exchange for 20 of her and Derek’s closest friends.

Sarah is undeniably a wonderful friend. At work when a co-worker was going through a tough time Sarah could tell something was wrong. One day she casually walked by her co-workers desk and put a stick-it note on her computer, and continued on her way without saying a word. Her co-worker looked at the piece of paper to see a big happy face and note saying "I thought you might need a smile today". Well it worked. When she went to thank Sarah for cheering her up, Sarah told her to keep it with her as a sign that would always be there. From that day on, her co-worker knew that she could always count on Sarah to cheer her up ... simply with one of her big radiant smiles.

She talked us through lost jobs, break-ups, family drama and very bad hair-cuts. Sarah always took the time to make important occasions special. She was always the one who remembered our birthdays. Each year she would call us to remind us when the other ones was. Not a year went by that we didn’t receive a card. Last year for my Birthday Sarah arranged for the 3 of us to get glamed up with Mac Makeovers and go out for dinner. None of us wears too much make-up so we asked the Mac girls to take it easy on us. Our Mac Makeovers lasted a total of 5 minutes each. Sarah came out looking fantastic, but unfortunately and Mina and I looked like someone had taken a marker and drawn on our faces. Sarah was so excited and she loved it so much that we didn’t have the heart to tell her we didn’t like it. On the way to the restaurant Mina and I took turns secretly whipping the make-up off hoping she wouldn’t notice. By the time we got to the restaurant we had wiped most of it off and Sarah was not to please. Regardless it was a wonderful and memorable day. The three of us always had a great time together whether we were having a tea, a drink on her deck or out on the town. She was a true friend.

If you could get Sarah out she was so much fun to be around. She always claimed to hate dancing, but after a few drinks she was the 1st person on the dance floor and the last to leave. We obtained a little more evidence of this from Sarah’s long term friend Amy.
When Sarah was younger it was a long time tradition that her mom would take her and Amy to the Western fair. When the year came that they were able to go alone they also went to their first out door concert which was Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” tour. They began watching the concert in the bleachers’ until Sarah decided she wanted to get closer, so they jumped the wall and went closer to the stage. Not long after that it began to pour rain. Sarah started to dance in the mud then Amy joined in and they danced like that for the rest of the concert. By the end of it they were soaked from the rain and covered in mud.
Another adventure that Sarah and Amy was the year she first got her license and some how Sarah convinced her mother to lend us her Blue Mazda to go camping. The trip should haven taken them an hour, but ended up taking them 2 and half hours. When they arrived it was not what they were expecting. It was a camp ground that was literally in the middle of a corn field, run by biker’s who had a carefree philosophy like hippies. But, they made the most of it by dancing to live bands playing in the campground until 5:00 in the morning.



It is not Liz and my intention to focus on the cancer, but we think it is important to recognize what Sarah’s journey has taught us over these last 3 years. From Sarah we learned a great deal about strength. People would always ask Sarah “How do you deal with it?” and her reply would always be the same: “You just do”. Her ability to be strong for not only herself, but also for her family and friends was a true testament to her inner strength. She made it so easy for all of us. If anything Sarah has taught us that everyone is strong and that you can face things you never thought possible. To doubt that you could face anything considering what she went through would be an injustice to her struggle against cancer. We owe it to ourselves more to know that we can get through almost anything.

Courage, like strength, Sarah had an abundance of. The courage to be weak, to be sad, to be happy, to be at peace and to find humor in even the most devastating of situations. A true test of courage is fighting a battle you know you may lose, but Sarah never wavered from her goal to live.

We learned about what friendship really means, that it is the little things, the big things, it’s about sticking with it even if you’re scared and sticking it out with someone you love because there is more going on than yourself.

We learned the importance of letting people in, and letting people let you in even if it is uncomfortable or a little disarming. It is so worth it.

Finally we learned the true meaning of devotion and unconditional true love. If anyone in this room has ever doubted that true love exists, it does in its purest form with Sarah and Derek.

We would like to thank Pat, John, and Bryan for loving Sarah so much. Pat we have cherished the time we’ve spent getting to know you over the past few months.
Derek your love for Sarah is truly an amazing blessing. Sarah was able to draw from your strength and courage. You were her hero as much as she was yours.

Finally we would like to thank Sarah for giving us the greatest gift of friendship. We simply love you and you will be greatly missed…

Thank-you



Love you Sarah xoxoxoxoxoxoxxo




77 Comments:

At 5:27 PM, Blogger sk said...

Thank you for sharing that with us!

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your stories of Sarah is just how I imagined she would be in "real life" she was just as kind to her "on line" friends. Sarah had life, spirit, and she made everyone feel important. You don't find many Sarah's in this world.

Sarah was blessed with wonderful friends, family, and her beloved Derek in her short life...what a life!! Sarah's spirit will live through the all of you special people that were so important in Sarah's life.

Thank you for sharing the stories of Sarah. I realize that Sarah was laid to rest today...and my heart goes out to all of you. Sarah is soaring with all of the beautiful angels in Heaven.

I will never forget Sarah's story.

Thank you.

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger Miss Melanoma said...

Thank you so much for keeping us in the loop. I'm sure you know how much she meant to everyone out here in cyberland, too. She was a tremendous source of hope and strength and we loved her so much.

Thanks again.

-Lori

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Christie said...

Beautiful.

Thank you.

 
At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

Beautiful words for a beautiful person.

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger faye said...

That is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us. I have been thinking of Sarah and her friends, family all day today. Peace.

 
At 9:38 PM, Blogger Christy said...

Thank you for sharing that with us. It is beautiful!

 
At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mina and Liz,

Thank you for sharing those beautiful words. I'm sure Sarah truly cherished your friendship and respected the both of you as you did her. I'm so sorry you lost your best friend. I'm deeply heart broken.

Jill

 
At 12:00 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

Thank you for sharing yet another piece of Sarah with us. It is clear Sarah changed the life of all of those she touched. She will never be forgotten.

Wherever she is now, I hope she knows how many lives she has changed and how many people will remember her and her life. She has left this world a better place then it was when she entered it.

 
At 3:45 AM, Anonymous Kristy said...

Mina and Liz

Thank you for sharing your memories of Sarah. What an amazing girl indeed.

Kristy (Oz)

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Carver said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful stories about a beautiful woman. I only knew Sarah through the MPIP and her blog but I miss her.

As ever, Carver

 
At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Kim (AL) said...

Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.

Thomas Wolfe wrote that, but it is the reality of Sarah's soul.
Bless you all in your grief. It is your time to honor the beautiful light that is Sarah.
Sending much love,
Kim

 
At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly appreciate the wonderful thoughts and memories you have shared of Sarah.

thank you.

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Ms.Teacher said...

Very powerful words. Thank-you for sharing.

 
At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Bonnie Lea said...

thankyou for sharing.

Sarah at times was strength for me, knowing such a lovely young woman (via MPIP) sure does help. Plus her not living that far from here, and for while we attended the same hospital and shared doctors...

Bonnie

 
At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of Sarah with all of us. I will always remember Sarah's story.

Stephanie

 
At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. You are lucky to have such an amazing and inspiring person touch your lives.

My thoughts are with Sarah's family and friends. I truly appreciate reading her story and your beautiful words.

Take Care.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger A proud granddaughter said...

Thank you for sharing that. Sarah was an amazing person.

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous engager said...

Beautiful.

 
At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mina & Liz,

Thank you for your Eulogy in regards to Sarah. I wished I'd known Sarah as you knew Sarah. What good friends you all were! My heart goes out to all of you! I couldn't even imagine what Derek must be going through. You all have good memories and you said meaningful things to one another...a lot of people can't say that. I wish you all the very best...I'm sure Sarah is looking down and very proud of all of you. Take Care & God Bless to you All.

Lubbock, Texas

 
At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing!
What a delightful person Sarah was.

 
At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to thank you for sharing the girls Eulogy. I know the day must have been so difficult for you Derek...and her family. It's not an easy path to navigate...and often a very lonely one no matter how much support you have. I do hope you continue to check in thru the blog. What an amazing woman. What an amazing love story.
All my best.

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger mav said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of you wonderful memories.
Beautiful.

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Carms said...

Thank you for letting us share this. Sarah was an inspiration to many and we won't forget her.

 
At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was someone from Sarah's cyberspace family who was able to attend Sarah's funereal.

The service truly captured Sarah's essence. Pictures of Sarah throughtout her life were put in a beautiful vidoe. (Sarah had chosen these pictures herself along with the funeral home)

As everyone has read Mina and Liz did an amazing job of capturing the side of Sarah that, as part of the cyberspace family, she wouldn't have wrote about.

At the end of the service we all sang the song Que sera, sera, (What ever will be will be) I never made the connection "Que Sarah, Sarah, Que Sera Sera" Sarah had a truly wonderful way of writing.

I learned that Sarah through her determination was able to make it home for one last visit to say good-by to her two cats, her home, and have one last sleep on her sofa.

I was also able to speak with Derek, her mother and father and her brother. Please continue to keep them all in your prayers most importantly Derek. He has lost his "Hero"

Through Sara's blog I have felt connected to everyone who has commented and been part of Sarah's journey through "Cancerland" I feel like I've not only lost a friend but have lost a "family of friends" Sarah was what connected us all.

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derek,

You and your Hero are in our thoughts and prayers. I pray you have faith that Sarah is in a better place. I wish you only the best. Your love story will never be forgotten. People search there entire lives for the love you shared with your Sarah - your Hero / some people never find it at all. Take Care & God Bless You - Derek.
You are a Hero, as well.

Texas

 
At 11:47 PM, Blogger BratGirl97 said...

Beautiful words for a beautiful person. Thank you for sharing your eloquent words with us.

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Angel said...

Beautiful.

 
At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. We will never forget Sarah.

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Thank you for sharing these intimate memories with us. So much love can only go out to someone that has so much to give and share with the world. I so appreciate everything I have learnt from Sarah, she is truely incredible.

 
At 2:29 AM, Blogger Enoreios said...

Thanks so much for posting this. Sarah will not be forgotten.

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Sarah with us.
You all are in our prayers. We will never forget her.

 
At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your stories of Sarah are very touching. Our prayers go out to all of you.

 
At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You stories of Sarah are very touching. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. What a delight to read about all her adventures. She certainly crammed in a lot in the little time she was given. The biggest being, how many people she has left her mark on.
Derek, I do hope you continue to check in with a post here and there. I'll think of not only Sarah, but of you as well.

 
At 1:58 PM, Blogger Polkaroo said...

Thank you for your stories. Such beautiful words for a beautiful person. A loss that will be mourned forever!

 
At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With tears in my eyes, I thank you for sharing that with us. It means the world that you would take time from your schedule to share it with the hundreds of us that loved her.

I too will never forget...

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Hello - I don't know Sarah, or Derek.. but someone who does has passed her message to me. In April, I had a discussion with a family member of Sarah (I didn't know about all this then)... and for some strange reason, I chose to disclose to this person some concern over a mole I found in my bellybutton. This person is a virtual stranger to me, but just the same, I shared this with her. She urged me to have it checked, and told me about Sarah, who was also 27 (like me) when she discovered the melanoma. On her insistence, I went ahead and had a biopsy (and removal) of the mole. After four weeks of waiting, I learned that it WAS cancerous, but that they had removed it all - without chance of it spreading. No further treatment necessary. I spoke to this family member today, to thank her for the advice, when I learned that Sarah had passed away in the meantime. She passed on the link for Sarah's blog, which I spent two hours reading through, crying through - when I came to the last page. Sarah passed away on June 12, which is the exact day I recieved my diagnosis. It is a strange web of coincidence, or an outright divine intervention - but I wanted Sarah's family to know that her message did find someone - someone who needed it. I cannot begin to express condolence to you. From the litle I have gathered, she was a beautiful person. I thought, if anything can come of such a tragic event, such a complete loss - it is that her message.. the warning of early detection - has likely saved the life of another 27 year old London Ontario woman. For that - I thank Sarah.

 
At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to express my condolences and share something with you...
Sarah was a member of a website called weddingbells.ca back when she was planning her wedding. Her story touched so many of us.

There's a bit of a story to how this all happened, but I thought you would want to know that there is going to be a donation made in Sarah's memory from all of us "weddingbellers".

Thank you for sharing her story with us.

 
At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Due to the many depressing stories of the ugliness behind melanoma, I check the MPIP board on a very occasional basis. Melanoma is such a nasty cancer and I consider myself very lucky to have not suffered the way many do.

I reviewed messages on MPIP today going over the last few months and was saddened to read of the passing of Sarah. Along the way, as a fellow Canadian, I had consulted her about interferon and never in a million years thought melanoma would take her. She was so young, vibrant and truly loved life.

My tears shed moments ago were tears of joy that you are free of the suffering from this ugly disease. May you rest in peace - you were a true melanoma warrior.

God Bless your whole family and especially Derek from the big kahuna in Calgary.

 
At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derek, still in my thoughts and prayers. from Teresa

 
At 2:21 AM, Anonymous Bill said...

I too have taken this long journey. I cried when I read she had passed. No, I did not know her. Only by her letters and words. My g/f lives in London ONT. I will be there the week of the 15th. To all that have also been on this journey. Let this be a testament to the fight against cancer. May we always band together and support the battle. This is what Sarah wanted. Let's carry on the fight and make her proud. My Love to you Derek, and to all others of this cyberspace shared with melanoma.
Bill In Utah

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please post how Derek is doing and what his plans are in the near future? / we would like to place him on a prayer list in Texas.

Thank you,

Texas

 
At 12:55 AM, Blogger Foxy said...

In honour of Sarah:

http://www.hitched.ca/?q=node/60

 
At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this for the first time today (08/25/07). Touching. It's made me want to appreciate life more.
girl from the bank

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's mid september now and I'm still thinking of Derek and Sarah. She is missed, even by those that didn't know her.

Derek, I hope you are well.

 
At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same here, I am thinking of you Derek and Sarah.

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Dear Derek and friends and family of Sarah,

I just found Sarah's blog and read the whole thing. Now that I have wiped the tears away, I am still sad. Sarah was sucha great woman; I wish I had known her. I am so sorry for your loss. Cancer is so horrible.

The dates on some of her posts that were made in the middle of her battle were especially meaningful to me, because they were specific dates (surgery, hospital, dx of cancer, last day of work) that happened to me.

Please seek God in your greif. He will help you.

Scott

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Dr. Deb said...

Came here via a blog pal who was so touched by this blog. I can say the same now.

 
At 7:54 PM, Blogger kmd said...

Beautiful Eulogy.

 
At 1:42 AM, Blogger bubba3636 said...

I read this story tonight. As I was studying I somehow landed on your Blog. I wept....I am in seminary school and I believe so much in God that this story touched my very soul. I hope in all this loss there is a great need for comfort in God. I wish I could have met Sarah. I believe I will. To her husband "May God Bless you richly my beloved." Suffering brings Gory, I promise you will rise up again.

Blessings,
Justin James

 
At 8:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10/6/07
I check back often in hopes of a word or two from Derek.
I hope you are well.

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous portia said...

I check in too. The book PS I Love You is reminding me of Sarah. Thinking of you Derek and angel Sarah. from Teresa

 
At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard how Derek is doing these days? He is constantly in our prayers...

 
At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read this entire blog in one sitting and my god.
sarah is an inspiration to all of us.
words cannot express.
derek, wish you the best in the future what you've gone through is unimaginable.
sympathies
anna

 
At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Becca Parra said...

I just heard of Sarah. I wish I could have met her. She is a real jewel, and from what little I have read, a person I aspire to be: kind, loving, strong, humble, a true friend.
Peace be with all of you who know and love her.

 
At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Eliza said...

I have read your blog from beginning to end, dear Sarah. I am writing directly to you because I know that your spirit is still smiling down upon us all. Your story, your life, has touched me and opened my heart. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing yourself with us strangers. Your life continues to impact many in strange and wonderful ways. And thank you, Derek, for being the amazing husband that you are and walking every step of this path alongside your beloved wife. Many blessings to you.

A grateful reader

 
At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking of you Derek during your first Christmas without your beautiful love. Please update soon...many of us check back in the hopes you will let us know how you are doing.
Merry Christmas.

 
At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah,
I still come here often, in the stupid hope that you will have posted something new. I know that you're gone, but I wish I could speak to you again. You gave us all so much hope.

I miss you, friend, and hope that you are experiencing more joy and peace than any of us can comprehend.

 
At 6:04 PM, Blogger Teresa said...

God bless Derek and family this year. Always thinking about Sarah and what she has taught us about life. Merry Christmas Angel Sarah.

 
At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today is the 2nd of January and I was hoping there had been something new writing. I never knew Sarah, but I felt like I knew her from her blog. I think of her often. I hope Derek you are well.

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous A WB girl said...

Happy Birthday Sarah, I hope there's a party for you today in heaven.

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW I cannot believe how strong Sarah was and how much love she he had to give despite what she was going through.

I am truley amazed at her strength and courage.Wherever she is I hope she knows how many lives she has changed. What an amazing woman.

I will never forget Sarah's story.

 
At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless Sarah and Derek and family.

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am thinking of Sarah today. I am thinking of Derek today. Sarah touched so many lives and it is hoped that Sarah's loved ones know this. Sarah continues to inspire me. Sarah was an angel on earth as she now is in Heaven.

 
At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading most everything I found here, I want to say Sarah was a lovely person and her love is still being shared (I felt it from all of you).

April 24, 2008

 
At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Kim (AL) said...

Derek,
If you happen to read this today,June 12th, 2008, please know that there are a lot of people thinking of you and loving Sarah as she continues to shine all around, even for people who only know her through her words.
I will celebrate her life always.
Love, Kim (now in St. Petersburg, FL)

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Jenn said...

One year later we continue to think of Sarah, and hope that her friends and family are healing. Know that Sarah will never be forgotten, and that her message continues to reach people.

 
At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking about Sarah and Derek today. It is amazing how time flies...Sarah, you touched many lives and continue to touch people with your amazing story and words. After all of this time I come back to your site from time to time to read new posts and you still inspire people. To Derek: I hope all is well with you. I hope you find Love again! You'll never have the Love you and Sarah shared - but a different Love...Sarah would have wanted that for you...

All the Best to you Derek!
All the Best to Sarah's friends and family!
God Bless All of You...

TEXAS

 
At 12:09 AM, Blogger Freddie said...

Though I never met or knew Sarah... her life and times as expressed in her blog really touched me... so much so, I have dedicated two poems to her memory in my blog:
http://soulsearchpoetry.blogspot.com/2008/12/oh-pain.html
http://soulsearchpoetry.blogspot.com/2008/12/unwavering-strive.html
Farewell Sarah.

 
At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

miss you

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 Years later and Sarah you are still thought of daily. You touched so many peoples lives, and continue to do so. Much love to you Sarah.....

 
At 5:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I could have had a friend like Sarah. We're all so blessed to have had her share herself with us.

 
At 1:11 PM, Blogger Gina Holmes said...

I was searching for information on melanoma and came across your blog. My debut novel deals with the subject of a young mother dying of this disease and reading your posts helped me understand better. Crossing Oceans won't release until June 2010 with Tyndale publishers, but if you email me through my site, I'll send you a copy if you want. Thanks for sharing your journey. I'm sorry for your loss and hope to meet Sarah someday in heaven. God bless you.

 
At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah's blog is a very lucid and honest account of her fight against cancer.

I think it would make a great book.

Wolfgang, Germany

 
At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Karri said...

You have been on my mind a lot Sarah. I miss you today and everyday. Your spirit feels me with hope from above.

 
At 5:23 AM, Blogger Rachel C Miller said...

What a beautiful memory and what a wonderful way to share it.

 

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