Thank you for all of your comments and emails over the past few weeks. January was a really hard month. A crushing and simply unimaginable diagnosis for a child in our extended family. Unanswered questions and heart-breaking scenarios have been creeping into my mind at all times of the day. (And night.) I’ve received the family’s blessing to write about it here, and I will because these wonderful people need all the prayers and support you can give during their long and impossibly difficult journey.

I’ve tried many times to write the post, but I fail every time. It’s just too raw. Too impossible to convey just exactly how I feel. Most of all, it’s as if hitting publish confirms how real it is. I don’t want it to be real.

But I will write about it. Soon. Because it’s becoming increasingly clear what my role should be during this difficult time. Because I have a platform to raise awareness and I need to use it. Because I want to do everything I possibly can to help. Most importantly, because every day I don’t write about it is a day that passes without all of your prayers, good wishes and support.


  • Heather C

    January 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Take your time Sarah. We’ll be here when you’re ready, and you and yours already have all our well wishes and prayers.

  • Barb @ getupandplay

    January 31, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    How devastating. Of course, take your time. There is a lot of love here for you and your family.

  • San

    January 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Oh no :( I don’t want to even imagine what happened to your family… I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!

  • bethany actually

    January 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    You and your extended family all have my prayers already. I may not know what’s going on, but God does. Take care.

  • narmalie

    January 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Will continue to keep you and yours in my thoughts… I am so sorry.

  • Jen

    January 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    So very sorry to hear this – I’ll say prayers for your family. Hang in there and take care.

  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    January 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Love and best wished to you and your family.

  • metalia

    January 31, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I’m so, so sorry. Sending love and good thoughts. xoxo

  • Jessica

    January 31, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Hugs Girlie… We’ll be here waiting for you & praying for you until then.

  • Page

    January 31, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Girl. You just take your time. There are a hell of a lot of people out here in the world thinking of you and sending you good thoughts. You take care of you and yours, and we’ll keep sending out the good juju.

    Unrelated: Can I just tell you that I bought a Groupon for Boot Camp? Because of you. I have arm cellulite. And you inspired me. So, there’s that.

  • Pinkie Bling

    February 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Sending general good vibes…and wishes for healing and comfort.

  • steph

    February 1, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Praying right now!!!

  • Katelar

    February 1, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Definitely in my thoughts and prayers.
    Be gentle with yourselves, take your time.

  • martymankins

    February 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Sending my best to your family at this time.

  • amanda

    February 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I’m so sorry for your family, and you. xo

  • Fabi

    February 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Best wishes,

    xoxo Cybelle & Fabi


  • Miss Virginia

    February 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    So beautifully written. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jen

    February 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Thinking of you here in Canada. Please take your time. We will be here, when you are ready. I am really just hoping everything is ok for your family.

  • Roxanne

    February 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Sarah, I’m so sorry to hear about this. A lump formed in my throat as I read it. I’ll be sending thoughts and prayers for your entire family.

  • alison

    February 2, 2011 at 2:00 am

    so sorry to hear. regardless of when/what you’re able to write, there are many prayers, good wishes and support with you and your family.

  • Sarah

    February 2, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Sending my prayers your way, so that all of you have the support and strength and love you need to deal with…life. Wishing you, and your extended family, better days ahead.

  • brianne

    February 2, 2011 at 8:01 am

    You’ve still been in my thoughts this last month. Sending good thoughts and prayers to your family and extended family. Take care, Sarah!

  • Angella

    February 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Hugs. Big squishy ones.

  • andrea

    February 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Still thinking of everyone involved. I look forward to hearing how all of us can help, but in the meantime thoughts and prayers are going your way!

  • Asha {Parent Hacks}

    February 3, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Wishing you well, Sarah. I’m so sorry your family is going through a hard and sad time.

  • Kerri Anne

    February 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Just a note to say I’m thinking about you and love your face. I hope this week is full of unexpected sunshine. And not just the actual “from the sun” kind.

  • Jill V.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    As you already know, the power of the written word is amazing and self healing.

    Once the word are down on paper, you will begin to heal and then be able to help.

    Just let go and trust that those who are here will always be here to support you through this time.

    I know, you know this….but you need to believe it too.

    Waiting to help.


  • Reedu

    February 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Ug. Was wondering why Whoorl has been so quiet. We will be here when you are ready. Will keep you in my thoughts in the meantime.

  • Anna

    February 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

    You and your family (extended as it may be) are in my thoughts.