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We think of you, Rachel, Anna and Sara often. We had a re-union of ex PG&E-ers this past Saturday and it was somehow incomplete without you--and Sara--there. Jean and I hope you and the girls are doing well. All our love,
John and Jean

John and Jean Brennan <JohnPBrennan@Yahoo.com>
Alameda, CA USA - Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:41 PM CDT
Hello Garrison and 2 ur entire family, my GOD be with u and look 2 him 4 strenght cause he knows the way and will never let u down, i will b saying a word of pary for ur loved 1's.
Anthony Horton <anthonyhor1@yahoo.com>
Lenoir, NC USA - Thursday, April 8, 2010 2:22 PM CDT
I went to high school with Sara and so fondly remember her as my lab partner in biology. She had a sense of humor that could not be rivaled and I was always in trouble with our teacher because she was busy making me laugh. I miss her.
Diane <dianeshay@earthlink.net>
Sun Valley, ID - Monday, July 13, 2009 2:53 PM CDT
Today marks the fourth anniversary of Sara's death. This morning Anna and I placed flowers on Sara's grave. She is buried on a wooded hillside in a beautiful cemetery. There was lots of activity due to the early Memorial Day with many visitors and flowers everywhere. It was a very moving experience for both of us.

Lots has changed in 4 years. Rachel is a sophomore in college and is currently studying in Paris. She lives with a wonderful family and is having a great experience. Anna is finishing her junior year in high school and will turn 18 this summer. Anna will travel to Tanzania this summer with a group that includes our wonderful friend Susan Reynolds and her daughters Hanne and Greta.

Our family members have continued to do their best to fill in for Sara. In particular Sara's sister Amy has been like a mom to the girls and they look to her for guidance on most things. Thank you Amy.

This anniversary brings sad thoughts as I think about Sara and how special she was. She was a wonderful mother and I feel very sad that she missed her daughters growing up and that they missed her. I continue to take comfort in the fact that I see so much of Sara in Rachel and Anna. It shows up in different ways at different times but there is no mistaking it. It makes me very happy.

On April 11 I became a grandfather as my stepson Nick from my first marriage had a daughter. When Sara and I started our relationship Sara went out of her way to welcome Nick, and Sara and Nick developed a close relationship. They were very good to each other and very fond of each other. So I was especially pleased when Nick and Reeve named their daughter Sadie - which is a variation of Sara. In several weeks Anna and I will meet Sadie for the first time when we travel to Portland Maine to visit. We all love Nick very much and are pleased he has such a nice family.

A number of people still visit this site. I wish you well as you remember Sara.


Luke Johnson <ljohnson90@comcast.net>
Minneapolis, mn usa - Saturday, May 24, 2008 2:49 PM CDT
Luke, Rachel and Anna,

Today's bridge collapse led to thoughts of you and hopes and prayers that you are OK. It's hard to believe it's been over three years since Sara died. Glad to hear that Rachel is doing so well at Carleton, and likewise Anna in High School. I can't imagine how challenging it must be to be both Mom and Dad, but obviously you've had the strength and support to be their for the girls and help them continue and thrive.

We'd love to see you. I hope you end up back here in Alameda for a visit at some point. We no longer make trips to the midwest regularly as Jean's folks no longer have their cabin. Hopefully we can connect at some point.

In the meantime, we think of you and Sara nearly every day.


John, Jean, Patrick and Kathleen

John, Jean, Patrick and Kathleen Brennan <JohnPBrennan@Yahoo.com>
Alameda, CA USA - Thursday, August 2, 2007 1:44 AM CDT
Thursday 5/24 marks 3 years since Sara's death. We miss her and in particular are sad that she missed so many events and life milestones that she would have enjoyed.

Best wishes to all of you who view this page this week. I have spoken with a number of Sara's old friends recently and feelings for her are still strong as is the disbelief that this could have happened to Sara.

Sara's family is well. Rachel is completing a successful Freshman year at Carleton College and Anna is completing 10th grade.

We miss you Sara!

Luke Johnson <ljohnson222@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, May 23, 2007 10:54 PM CDT
Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Sara's death. It's hard to believe that she has been gone for two years. But she is not forgotten. I'm writing this at about 1:00 pm and this site has already been viewed 29 times today!

It is difficult to explain what life has been like for the past several years but there has been a big void without Sara. Rachel graduates from St. Paul Academy on June 11. She worked extremely hard through many months when her mind was elsewhere and managed to do very well. She is currently a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship and will attend Carleton College next year.

Anna is completing 9th grade at Southwest High School and is doing very well.

I'm very proud of Rachel and Anna - both for the way they helped their mom through her death and how they have managed since her death. I think I'm most pleased at the many times people have told me how much the girls remind them of their mother. They both have Sara's sense of humor and her quick wit. I think she would be proud too.

Our family and friends have been very supportive and wonderful in big and small ways. I can't mention everyone but I would like to mention Sara's sister Amy. Amy goes to church most weeks with the girls and is a huge part of their lives. Thank you Amy and the Miller family.

I'd also like to mention my friend George Ludcke. I grew up with George, roomed in college with him and worked at Camp Courage with him. He also grew up about 1/2 block from Sara. George's wife Georgianna was one of the many people who brought us wonderful meals. George decided that I needed to get out so he got me to join a hockey group with him. We had played hockey together as kids but neither of us had played for 30 years. So we started playing Sunday evenings in Richfield. We had a great time until Septmber '04 when George was sitting on the bench talking to our old friend John Werket during a game when he suddenly fell off the bench and died of heart attack. George was a gifted and and wonderful person. George left his wife Georgianna, daughter Isabel and son Dubby. Thanks for your friendship George.

And thanks to the many people who still view this site and miss Sara. I'd love to hear from you.

To Sara: we love you and miss you! Luke

Luke Johnson <ljohnson9@mn.rr.com>
- Wednesday, May 24, 2006 2:03 PM CDT
Luke, Rachel and Anna, I have thought of you and Sara quite often over the winter. Now that the cabin is open, I look across the lake with fond memories. When I run, I remember running into Sara and the girls on their bikes. We still have Sara's picture on our frigde looking so happy in the water. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Heather
Heather Bantle <hpbantle@chaska.net>
Chaska, MN USA - Monday, June 13, 2005 10:21 PM CDT
Luke, Rachel & Anna, Just wanted you to know that Rachel and I think of you often. I know the one year anniversary day of Sara's passing was very hard for you all. I hope you all are doing ok. Rachel has moved to Southwest High so if Anna is going there next year you can connect again (although Rachel is not going to swim- joined the Dance team instead). I know how difficult year one is, hoping that year two is alittle easier for you all. Cheryl Holmes
cheryl holmes <cholmes@visi.com>
mpls, mn usa - Saturday, June 4, 2005 3:36 PM CDT
Luke, Rachel, and Anna:
Just thinking of you all and remembering Sara.

Sue Gellen <segellen@aol.com>
San Carlos, CA USA - Tuesday, May 31, 2005 7:32 PM CDT
Luke, Rachel and Anna,

You and Sara are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Sara was such a positive presence in so many lives. She will always be a presence in ours. She lives on in all of us, but most of all in you.


John, Jean, Patrick and Kathleen Brennan.

John, Jean, Patrick and Kathleen Brennan <JJPKBrennan@Yahoo.com>
Alameda, CA USA - Thursday, May 26, 2005 0:31 AM CDT
Today marks 1 year anniversary of Sara's death. We miss her terribly. Sara's remarkable personality and character are not forgotten.

Many people still view this website on a regular basis. The site averaged 15-20 hits per day for many months and recently has averaged 8-10 hits per day. We are happy that the website has kept Sara fresh in our memories.

Thanks to the many people who have been kind to our family over the past year.

To Sara: We love you and miss you!

Luke Johnson <ljohnson9@mn.rr.com>
- Tuesday, May 24, 2005 11:03 AM CDT
To Sara's family:
I am an Admin at Medtronic who worked just briefly with Sara and wanted you to know that I think of her and her family often. May time continue to bless you with many beautiful memories and little signs showing each of you that Sara is with you each and every day with her heavenly presence.

Lisa A. Martinson

Lisa A. Martinson <lisa.a.martinson@medtronic.com>
Andover, MN USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 10:34 AM CST
Don't know if you still check the questbook, but I wanted to let you know I think of you often. I know how greatly you are missing Sara/mom, because we are missing Maddie so terribly.
Take care,
Julie-Maddie's mom www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie

Julie Dornisch <juliedornisch@yahoo.com>
Mpls., MN - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 12:26 AM CST
Sara...One year ago this nightmare was confirmed...and so we all began a new life. Missing you so very much...love Susan
susan reynolds <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Monday, August 30, 2004 10:18 PM CDT
Luke, Rachel and Anna...here we are inching toward the one year mark of Sara's diagnosis. I am filled with memories of those weeks just before August 28th...and I'm missing Sara so very much. It feels like such a long time now...yet I know time has a way of flattening out...that hasn't happened for me yet. Can it have been a year? and has it been only that long?

We've been out of town for a week and I always miss Sara more when I haven't seen you three...so I'll be looking for you tomorrow! I expect you are all up at the lake. You know I'm thinking of you...Susan (et al.)

susan reynolds <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Saturday, August 14, 2004 10:30 PM CDT
Luke, Rachel and Anna...here we are inching toward the one year mark of Sara's diagnosis. I am filled with memories of those weeks just before August 28th...and I'm missing Sara so very much. It feels like such a long time now...yet I know time has a way of flattening out...that hasn't happened for me yet. Can it have been a year? and has it been only that long?

We've been out of town for a week and I always miss Sara more when I haven't seen you three...so I'll be looking for you tomorrow! I expect you are all up at the lake. You know I'm thinking of you...Susan (et al.)

susan reynolds <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Saturday, August 14, 2004 10:30 PM CDT
Sara, We miss you! Love Luke
LJ <LJohnson9@rr.com>
Mpls, MN United States - Friday, August 13, 2004 11:47 PM CDT
Just stopping by today, to say that I care. Thinking of you all -
Love and Hugs

A LEGACY OF HOPE! Cancer Support & Encouragement

Lynn <lynn@legacyofhope.org>
Panama City, FL USA - Sunday, August 1, 2004 12:23 AM CDT
Rachel - It meant alot to all of us to get to celebrate your 16th birthday yesterday with you! Thank you!! I'm just SURE you would've loved those legs as the new Scandinavian room decoration you know!! But a desk is great too though.

You are an amazing young woman with so many talents. I feel very lucky to have you in my life. May this year bring healing, new connections with your mama, joy, new adventures and FUN! I love you! Susan

Susan Reynolds <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Tuesday, July 20, 2004 8:37 AM CDT
Marjory and Craig hope you guys are having a great weekend at the lake. We think about you alot, and Luke, we admire what you do and who you are.

Rachel have a fun day tomorrow! Love Craig and Marjory

Craig Johnson <musiccrj@visi.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Sunday, July 18, 2004 10:23 AM CDT
Sara; I miss you! Luke
Luke Johnson <LJohnson9@rr.com>
Minneapolis, MN United States - Friday, July 16, 2004 8:18 PM CDT
It was great having you over to watch the game with everyone. Susan's "color commentary" provided extra entertainment, don't you think?!! I want to let you and Anna know that you are welcome to hang out with our goofy family any time- we really enjoy your company.
With love,
Julie, Ashley, ChaChi and Keegan

Julie Dornisch <juliedornisch@yahoo.com>
Mpls, MN - Wednesday, June 16, 2004 9:09 AM CDT
hey everybdoy! i hope you all are doin well. that horseback riding camp is so much fun, anna! but my butt is reallly sore from bouncing along on those saddles. i hope to see y ou guys soon! bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Tuesday, June 15, 2004 2:10 PM CDT
Hi Luke, Rachel, and Anna,
I really liked hearing the answering machine message yesterday, when I called; nice to hear Sara's voice. We hope you are doing well and hanging in there. Please let me know if there is anything you need or that I can do.
And on another subject, I sat in the first row of the right field stands at Yankee Stadium a few days ago - about 30 feet into fair territory from the (in)famous right field foul pole. And there were two line drive home runs in my direction. Energy level at that stadium is something else!
Take care and all our love,
Uncle Craig and Marjory

Craig Johnson <musiccrj@visi.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, June 14, 2004 2:56 PM CDT
Hi you guys. sorry i havent written in a long time. i want all you guys over there to kno that i am going ( first to try to get rid of this cold!)to supprot you guys and be there with you guys every step. thanx for coming over yesterday anna! i hope you liked the ice cream! and i hope that your last day of school went well too. same with you Rachel! i hope to see you guys as soon as i get over this cold ! bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Wednesday, June 9, 2004 12:58 AM CDT
To Anna and your family-
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Your Mom was a sweetie and she will be remembered by many- but most by you & your family. Memories are so important, hold onto them tight.
We're thinking of you,
Suzanne, Sophie & Stuart Pimsler

Suzanne Costello
minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, June 2, 2004 7:59 AM CDT
Luke and girls, I just recently found out about Sara's illness and unfortunate death. I grew up with her, going to sunday school, getting confirmed with her, going to junior high and high school with her and spending alot of time just sittin around with her. My memory of her brings pictures of a smiling face, a contagious laugh and just an all around uplifting cheerful personality. I remember one time we snuck up in the loft at St James Church before Church and finding a few candles up there, we lit a couple and sat there for a while. For some reason there was a bunch of straw up there too. Well, we blew the candles out and climbed back down and all of a sudden someone was hollering "fire!" Somehow the straw had caught on fire and while everyone stood out on the lawn watching the fire
men check it out, we just stood there innocently, not saying a word. There was a third person up there with us but I can't seem to remember who. There, after all these years that secret is out! It was the only time we ever got into any trouble and we never went up there again. I think we were maybe 13 or so. Her Mom also brings back memories of a loud and strong singer in church, who always had on bright colors and big hats. She was also always smiling. I feel a great loss from Saras death even though I have not seen her since we graduated. Its like a part of my childhood has been taken. I noticed you have a place on the whitefish chain. I have lived in this area since 1976. Perhaps our paths have crossed without even knowing it! My prayers are with you. Sara will truly be missed. Love Taren Saccoman (was Wilcox)

Taren (Wilcox) Saccoman <saccoman @ tds.net>
Pequot Lakes, Mn USA - Tuesday, June 1, 2004 3:53 PM CDT
Dear Family of Sara,
I am so heartbroken to come here today and hoping for good news, to find that your beautiful Sara had flown to Heaven. I had so hoped for Sara to have her miracle, but perhaps she already has:) Even though I wasn't blessed to 'know' Sara, I can see she was so full of life, verve, such a sense of color and style, so beautiful inside and out, just a ray of sunshine...you must be so proud of her. I will pray for stength for your family and peace, for I know you will miss her so very, very much. Blessing to you all, as you continue on your life journey,

Tracey, Steve, Quinn and Callum Ager xoxox BWC <traceyhewison@shaw.ca>
Calgary, Ab Canada - Monday, May 31, 2004 11:14 PM CDT
Dear Luke, Rachel, and Anna,
I was so saddened to hear of Sara's passing. She was such bright and caring light who will be greatly missed in all aspects of her life.

At Medtronic she brought so much to our department and to me personally. She always had or made time to listen. There are so many positive memories but in one of our 1 on 1's she answered an outside call to talk to Rachel. After the call, our discussion went immediately from work to family and whatever work issue we were discussing seemed pretty trivial. We talked about how lucky we were to have such great families and concluded we are truly blessed. It was a touching and timely moment I will never forget. My thanks to Rachel for calling your mom at work and without knowing it, reminding me what was important.

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Steve Hague <steve.hague@medtronic.com>
Houlton, WI - Monday, May 31, 2004 12:29 AM CDT
Dear Luke & family,

I'm so sorry to read of Sara's passing. I have been visiting Sara's caringbridge page for several months now and regret that I did not leave words of encouragement and to say I care. I did however keep Sara in my prayers. What beautiful words you shared about her and I'm sure just a glimpse of the wife, mother, and friend she really was. May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

Love in Christ,
Prayer Warrior @
Legacy of Hope

Karol Harrison <pwkarol@aol.com>
Albany, GA USA - Friday, May 28, 2004 10:40 PM CDT
Dear Luke & Family,

I'm so sorry to read of Sara's passing. May God comfort you all during this time. I began visiting Sara's site several months ago and regret that I did not leave messages to encourage and to say I care. I did however keep Sara in my prayers. Your words about her are beautiful and I'm sure just a glimpse of the wonderful wife, mother, and person she was.

Love in Christ,
Prayer Warrior
@ Legacy of Hope

Karol Harrison <pwkarol@aol.com>
Albany, GA USA - Friday, May 28, 2004 10:37 PM CDT
Dear Luke, Rachel and Anna,
(((((( BLESS YOUR HEARTS )))))) May God continue to lead you by the hands and keep you close to His heart and keep your hope in Christ Jesus - if our loved one is with the Lord, and the Lord has promised to be with us - then we are not far apart. I knew Sara only through your journal keeping, yet I know our hearts are kin in Christ. I recognized her as a sister and friend, in Him. One day - we shall meet!
Sending you love and hugs and continued prayers -

A LEGACY OF HOPE! Cancer Support & Encouragement

Lynn <lynn@legacyofhope.org>
Panama City, FL USA - Friday, May 28, 2004 9:12 AM CDT
Luke and family,
I was devasted to hear about Sara. What a brave woman. It is wonderful to read your tribute to her and to read the journal entries. What an incredible time these last nine months have been for all of you. My thoughts are with you and my heart is heavy. God Bless you all.

Rhonda Rupp <rhondarupp@comcast.net>
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Thursday, May 27, 2004 9:39 AM CDT
Dear Luke and family,

I am so very sad to hear that Sara has gone away from us. I know how much you will miss her and how empty some days will seem. I want to share a bit written in 1918 by the Cannon of St. Paul's Cathedral in England. This meant a lot to me when my daughter-in-law passed several years ago.

"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you have always used. Put no differences in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effort, without the trace of a shadow on it. LIfe means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somehwere very near, just around the corner. All is well."

My prayers are with all of you and my heart reaches out to offer whatever comfort I can. God be with you and give you peace.

Gwen Landon Ross <ghross2002@yahoo.com>
Concord, CA USA - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 6:25 PM CDT
Dear Luke, Rachel and Anna-
We out here in Montana are devastated to hear of Sara's death. Your letter is one of the most moving tributes I've ever read and is indicative of your deep love and respect for her. Her 'sparkle' will absolutely live on in Rachel and Anna and in your heart, as well. The dignity and strength that she showed in her courageous fight is matched by that of you and the girls in the way you managed her support and vigil.
And for the girls........my mother died last July as well. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about her and talk with her. I feel her love with me constantly and know with absolute certainty that she watches over me........and you must know these things as well. Your mother will ALWAYS be with you every step of your lives. She will always love you and be ever so proud of the beautiful young women that you are. May you all feel peace and comfort at this time. God bless, Peg Rice

Peg F. Rice <sinopah@centurytel.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 1:14 PM CDT
Thanks for the chance to learn more about the broad range of Sara illustrated thru the guest book entries. I reflect back on a film called Harold and Maude, where Harold gave Maude a diamond ring on the shore. Maude promptly threw the ring into the water. Harold was shocked and asked her why she threw the ring into the water. She said that this way she will always know where it is.

Yesterday I was sad when I learned of her death. Although I will miss her, today I am reflecting on Sara being everywhere and here through my own personal positive memories of the few times I met with Sara. As with the diamond ring, she will always be a joyful memory just where we last met. Thanks

Dave Schaenzer <schaedave@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 10:22 AM CDT

I am so sorry to hear that Sara passed. Marty Rateau sent along the information. Every trip that I take back to MN to visit my family has me thinking of you and your family. I was sad when Sara and you left CA back in 1993/1994. At the same time, I was glad that two of the nicest people that I knew at PG&E could go back to their "roots." My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Terry (Gerlach) Weinstein <tw@x.cx>
Pleasanton, CA USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 11:03 PM CDT
Dear Luke, Rachel and Anna, The miracle didn't happen. I am sorry. An amazing, fun, unique light is gone from the world but you have her inside you and I do, too and she always will be. I love you all, even Ian. Maureen
Maureen Trepp <maureentrepp@yahoo.com>
Mpls. , Mn. U.S.A. - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 6:01 PM CDT
Dear Luke, Rachel and Anna,
I don't know even what to say now, except that I feel so very sad, and that I admire what you have been doing and how you have been dealing with everything that has been coming your way. Thank you for your guestbook update.
Love, Uncle Craig and Marjory

Craig Johnson <musiccrj@visi.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 1:14 PM CDT
I remember being a small girl and meeting Sara's gentle spirit. May you all be forever covered with loving, happy memories of her.

Lena Roussere <marialenar@hotmail.com.>
- Tuesday, May 25, 2004 1:09 PM CDT
Hello, My name is Bennie Leonard. I am new to Medtronic and new to the Minneapolis area. So I never had the pleasure of meeting Sara. I have been told by my colleagues many times what a wonderful person she was. I can see from the looks on the faces of people around the office that Sara had a profoundly positive impact on the people at Medtronic. I wish I could have had the chance to meet her. May God be with the loving family and friends during this difficult time.
Bennie Leonard <bennie.e.leonard@medtronic.com>
minneapolis, Mn - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 12:43 AM CDT
Luke and Girls,
Like everyone else Sara touched, I'm so very sad to hear that she passed on. I don't think there was ever more than a couple day period when I did not check this website. Your updates and the notes of your many friends kept me updated and reminded me to not take for granted the important things in life. My prayers stay with you and your family. Sara couldn't have had a better team supporting her. You and the girls are wonderful. Last year, a co-worker lost his wife to cancer. Like Sara, Mary was full of life and collected a wide range of loving friends. The following poem was read at her funeral and provided a bit of comfort:


"Donít grieve for me, for now Iím free. Iím following the path God has laid you see. I took His hand when
I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day. To laugh, to love, to
work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a
kiss. Oh yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the
sunshine of tomorrow. My lifeís been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved oneís
touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Donít lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee. God wanted me now; He set me free!"

With love and prayers,
Erin Andre and Family

Erin Andre <Erin.Andre@negt.com>
Brookeville, MD USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 10:20 AM CDT
Luke, what a loving tribute to a great woman. We will all miss her, but not half as much as you and Rachel and Anna. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. We sure hope we will be able to see you at the lake this summer and talk about Sara. I'm so sorry, Heather
Heather Bantle <hpbantle@earthlink.net>
Chaska, MN USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 10:02 AM CDT
I am so sorry to hear the news. Sara was an amazingly courageous woman. Tomorrow I go to the annual Employment Law Conference and I will carry with me memories of the time two years ago that Sara and I went together: the laughs we had, the gossip we shared, and the fun of "skipping out" of the boring sessions. Even though I haven't seen Sara in a while, I think of her often, and wish all of you strength, comfort and peace in this difficult time.
Raquel Briskin Counihan <counihan@ieee.org>
Minneapolis, MN US - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 9:25 AM CDT
Dear Luke, Rachel and Anna
I feel devastated. Im with you in this difficult moment. I have the nicest memories of the many years spent together in San Francisco!.. the diners with the "pot de crem.".Thanksgivings, Chirstmases, Lake Tahoe, barbecue in Alameda, preparing chocolate cakes at midnight..chatting and giggling all the time on the phone all together with our dear David and Stormella... We were a family...never forget when Sarah delivered both Rachel and Anna after eating hefty portions of my pink italian risotto!I have many pictures of all of us. It is conforting to see how Sarah was always very happy. You meant, and will still mean a lot for me. Let s stay in touch. A warm hug to you. Love Menasce

Menasce Isaacs <menasce@libero.it>
Milan, ITALY - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 4:22 AM CDT
Dear Luke, Rachel, and Anna,
we loved sara--didn't everyone?! what a sweetie, and such grace and courage. that describes you three as well, come to think of it.
I remember when you first told me about sara, luke. everything seemed so comfortable with the two of you, and it was easy to see why you were so certain she was The One. Every Thanksgiving, I will think about Sara's secret TDI's (thanksgiving day ingredients): sour cream, butter, and cream. we sure rued the day you relocated back to Minneapolis. who knew you'd come to San Francisco to find a Minnesotan gal to lure you back home? (I guess working at PG&E increased your odds in that regard!)
Miguel and Katie still talk about the grand time we had at White Fish Lakes.
Sara made everyone feel at ease. even at the end.
we love you, kym & jerry

Kym Pipkin <flyohippo@aol.com>
sacramento, CA 95818 - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 0:14 AM CDT
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Maddie absolutely loved Sara from the very first time she met her and continued to cheer for her all the while she was fighting her own battle. Please know that I keep your family in my heart and my prayers and really mean it when I say that I am here for you in any way that would be helpful.

With love,
Julie Dornisch- Maddie's mom www.caringbridge.org/mn

Julie Dornisch <juliedornisch@yahoo.com>
Mpls., MN - Monday, May 24, 2004 11:13 PM CDT

Luke, Rachel,and Anna -

You have been so very courageous and loving through this
time. I am saddened by the loss of Sara; she will remain in
my heart as you will. Sara was a courageous one. My
thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.

Love and prayers to you.

Virginia Hayes <vhayes2003@comcast.net>
Alameda, Ca USA - Monday, May 24, 2004 7:22 PM CDT
Sara, Luke, Rachel, and Anna-
Much love to you all and just wanted to know i've been thinking of you, ALL of F.A.I. R. has. I have some cards from many people at my school showing all our support, but they don't show half as many people who are aware of what's going on and are thinking about you constantly. Know that you are in so many's prayers and that there are SOOOOOOOO many people that love you!

Love mayumi xooxoxo <asianchik03@netscape.com>
- Monday, May 24, 2004 6:25 PM CDT
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steve and Catherine Larson <clarson52@mn.rr.com>
Bloomington, MN USA - Monday, May 24, 2004 5:32 PM CDT
Sara, Luke, Rachel and Anna,
You have been and will continue to be in our daily thoughts and prayers. All the strength we have to give is yours. We love all that you have brought to our lives.


John, Jean, Patrick and Kathleen

John Brennan <JJPKBrennan@Yahoo.com>
Alameda, CA Alameda - Monday, May 24, 2004 5:08 PM CDT
Sara, Luke and Girls; My heart is so heavy, words fall far too short to express my sadness. You all are in my continuous prayers.
Charlotte <chartina89@aol.com>
Oakland, CA - Monday, May 24, 2004 4:51 PM CDT
Sara, Luke and Girls,
Have been following from afar. Shocked and very sad to read today's journal entry. You are on my mind, in prayers and in my heart.

Jeff Sisson <JSisson@cox.net>
- Monday, May 24, 2004 3:32 PM CDT
Given it is spring and we have forgotten how nice it had gotten, I thought a reminder would be in order:

You Know You're In Minnesota When...

. . .when it warms up to -35 degrees(Fahrenheit) and you go out in your shirt sleeves to wash you car.

In Spring, it rains so just bring soap.

Dave Schaenzer <schaedave@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, May 24, 2004 2:15 PM CDT
The Johnson family journey of faith and courage is an inspiration to all of us! My prayers have been with all of you and will be especially with you today! Love, Doris
Doris Spingola <Doriss825@cs.com>
Sonoma, Ca USA - Monday, May 24, 2004 12:31 AM CDT
Sara and family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers every second of today.
With love,
Diane Shay (Romano)

Diane Shay <dianeshay@earthlink.net>
Sun Valley, Idaho - Monday, May 24, 2004 11:52 AM CDT
You don't know me but I have been following your struggle through my association with Shannon. You are in my prayers.
Doug Olson <dougolson@email.com>
Shoreview, MN USA - Monday, May 24, 2004 11:32 AM CDT
Spunky Sara,
Your wild and crazy family from CRM IT are praying for you.
With love,
Jim, Terri, Mary, Paul, Barb, Dennis, Shannon

Shannon Iten <shannon.f.iten@medtronic.com>
MPLS, MN - Monday, May 24, 2004 11:14 AM CDT
I love you so much Sara! you are the strongest, bravest person i've ever known. you're a fighter to the end and i'm so in love with you! you and your family are always always always in my thoughts.
ill see you guys tonight.

Love Hanne <justagrl299@aol.com>
- Monday, May 24, 2004 10:05 AM CDT
Dear Sara
My thoughts and prayers are with you constantly! Wish this crisis is momentaneus and will be enjoying sniffing the flowers I asked David to send you...
lots and lots of love to all!
Menasce from milano

Menasce Isaacs <menasce@libero.it>
Milan, ITALY - Monday, May 24, 2004 6:18 AM CDT
Dear Sara, I'm stopping by to catch up the journals, and to spend some time praying for you and your family.
My daughter requires oxygen 24/7, and I like to tell people that it gives new meaning to the phrase: coming to the end her rope!. She has a nifty little container that she can easily lift and carry. It makes it so much easier.

Stephanie & RachelJoy <mom2rj@comcast.net>
- Sunday, May 23, 2004 10:54 PM CDT
hey you guys! thankyou anna and rachel for coming to the dance performance. maddie was really good wasnt she?! i hope guys liked it. that book is kinda weird! the one with the "tips" lol haha! hey Sara! i heard you are doing a bit better. i love all of you guys so much. its also fun to have ian over here!! lol bye you guYS! I LOVE ALL OF YOU. love mary
mary g <moodus99@aol.com>
- Sunday, May 23, 2004 11:37 AM CDT
Hi Sara,
I just got back from Washington D.C. and wanted to check in and say hi. The Million Moms were there still fighting the N.R.A. agenda, we had a rally on Mother's Day and then lobbied on Capitol Hill. You have been such a great supporter of our efforts...remember the girls singing at the MN Capitol at the rally two years ago? School is nearly over for Anna and Greta, Greta is planning on riding her bike over to the courts nearby and playing tennis this summer with Anna. Then they can swim in the afternoons.....As always, I'm thinking of you......Mary

Mary Heller <fgheller@bitstream.net>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, May 20, 2004 11:55 AM CDT
Dear Sara, I just heard that the hydrangea (sp?) is very water sensitive. Be sure to water it whenever it is dry, even when it's in the garden. Thinking of you today, and everyday! Love, Susan
Susan Graber
mnpls, mn - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 5:27 PM CDT
Sara, I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well. I hope this is just a little bump in the road on your courageous journey. So many people love and cherish you. I'm sending strength and dreams your way.
Diane Walters <walte041@umn.edu>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 2:50 PM CDT
Hi Sara,
I'm sure you're enjoying your break from chemo and getting stronger!
I think May is my favorite month of the year - I hope you've been able to get out to enjoy the lilacs, flowering crab trees, and green grass.
My family had an exciting event this spring when my mom, who was widowed four years ago, got married to an longtime friend. We are so happy for her that she was able to find new love at the age of 81!
Here's hoping that this spring brings you renewed health.
love, Liz

Liz Sands <lsands@att.net>
White Bear Lake, MN USA - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 10:42 AM CDT
Hi Sara,
Sending my prayers your way. THings go well here - dropped by the PGE for a friend's retirement (Al Smullin) and saw lots of folks - especially nice to see Steve Rayburn and Margaret Short.
XOX, Chris Joyce

Christina Joyce <christinajoyce@sbcglobal.net>
San Francisco, CA USA - Monday, May 17, 2004 6:20 PM CDT
hey sara! sorry i havent written in a lonnnnnnng time! i really like those photos. the other day when hanne and i came over to get the key, you looked really good! i got to go, bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Sunday, May 16, 2004 1:28 PM CDT
Sara, Been thinking about you.the reunion plans are in full force and your name comes up often. Know that we are all thinking about you and sending our prayers. We will say a HUGE toast to you and I will personally lead it. Stay strong Love Lila
lila mayes <lilamayes@earthlink.net>
Mpls, mn - Thursday, May 13, 2004 4:34 PM CDT
Dear Sara -
Molly Broder just sent me your link. What incredible friends and family you have! I just want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day tomorrow and to tell you how much we pray for you to recover your health. The news on your website sounds encouraging, and we'll hope to hear or read more good news!

Love from your neighbors, Beth & Steve Ashbrook (and Katie, Jon & Molly)

p.s. Sorry that last dinner was kind of skimpy...I hope next Tues. I have more time to cook!

Beth Ashbrook <ashbrook@mn.rr.com>
Minneapolis, MN US - Saturday, May 8, 2004 11:22 PM CDT
Dear Sara-
Today you should be feeling the strong, positive affects of the the 'Women' gathering last night at Lisa's! It was a most powerful circle we formed and all of us were very aware of the pureness of our mission and the healing we were calling upon. The sense of calm, peace and strength was palbable. We pray that you felt it. Lisa's so excited about the rafting trip with Anna! She was madly packaging ziplocks of snacks when we left her! We all are in awe of your radiant smile and the strength that you show us all. Know that we here in Big Sky Country think of you daily and send all the good vibes we can muster! BTW--your healing color looks beautiful on you and your sister, as well! Fondly, Peg Rice of the 'WOTN' of Kalispell!

Peg F. Rice <sinopah@centurytel.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Friday, May 7, 2004 10:33 AM CDT
I think about you a lot and miss you tremedously. I just wanted to drop a quick not to say: Have a nice Mother's Day on Sunday. Looking forward to your smiling face again soon.
Terri Wolford <wolfot1@comcast.net>
- Thursday, May 6, 2004 6:55 AM CDT
Hi, Sara and family. I had to write to tell you how much I hope for your recovery and continued strength. You have a wonderful bright spirit and great optimism which has helped you along this hard and unpredictable journey. I enjoy meeting with Rachel at the studio and hope she enjoys it and that she brings joy to the whole family when she practices. Fondly, Guna.
Guna Skujina <gkskujina@att.net>
Minneapolis , MN USA - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 8:45 PM CDT

I'm checking in again to let you know that we're all thinking about you every day here in California. We've been dealing with a heat wave (spring in CA) which, as you know, will soon be followed by Mark Twain's winter ('coldest winter I ever had was a summer in San Francisco'--or something like that!). We went to Bay Farm Island for a school fundraiser and I remembered again our ferry rides and visits to your house. OH, and did I tell you I saw David B. at a conference and he gave me a hug? And Brian was with him, of course. Though we all looked a little worse for wear, some things were exactly the same!

Harriet Stewart <harriet.stewart@stewartdaly.com>
Alameda, CA - Monday, May 3, 2004 10:08 PM CDT
Hi Sara, Luke and family: I just wanted to tell you I think of you almost everyday sending a quick prayer of strength and hope your way. I just recently gave the caringbridge website to a good friend fighting cancer. I'm so glad you found this site. It's a great thing. Cabin season is just around the corner! We are going to open ours next week and will be there for the annual "opener" the following week. We will stop by whenever you make it up there. I know Marge and Paul would love to whip up some good cook'in for you! Hope to see you soon! Heather
Heather Bantle <hpbantle@earthlink.net>
Chaska, MN USA - Saturday, May 1, 2004 8:45 AM CDT
Greetings from the great state of Cal-ee-for-nee-yah, as our esteemed Governator would say. I am, at last, coming your way (flying in Saturday 4/24 and out on 5/1), although it's pretty sad, since my dad is undergoing a commitment proceeding next week. I figured another lawyer couldn't hurt, at least one on his side. i'll be staying with mary and renting a car. my cell phone is 916-705-5764. i very much want to see all of you, will come whenever it's most convenient to you. i had lost the address to this site (my life is so disorganized right now...we've got the house up for sale) and was delighted to get it from craig today. read all the updates, and am so glad there is positive news!!!!! see you soon, love kym ps, happy birthday to luke, my baby cousin.
Kym Pipkin <flyohippo@aol.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Wednesday, April 21, 2004 11:39 PM CDT
Hi Sara, Luke and the girls,
Just a quick note to say hello. You are always in my prayers Miss Sara. And a quick note for Luke - Saw a Mets game at Shea Stadium Sunday. Nice park - sat next to two folks from Wales who hadn't a clue about baseball.
Much love, Chris

Christina Joyce <christinajoyce@sbcglobal.net>
- Tuesday, April 20, 2004 11:04 PM CDT
Dear Sara - Thanking God for your sweet spirit and example to each of us who visits you. May the Lord continue to guard your life and give you his strength and his mercy day by day.
God Bless!

A LEGACY OF HOPE! Cancer Support & Encouragement

Lynn <lynn@legacyofhope.org>
Panama City, FL USA - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 10:34 PM CDT
Hi Sara,

I hope that you're feeling better each day that you're off the chemo. You have gone through so much and are so strong. I saw Rachel playing softball last week - she did a great job! It was also nice to see Luke and Ian. Ian could not take his eyes off the ball. I'm glad that Rachel could make it to Bre's dance recital. It's always a pleasure to see her - she has such a wonderful sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Michelle <zcatski@earthlink.net>
Mendota Heights, MN - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 6:14 PM CDT
Dear Sara, Somehow, no matter what is going on, you always have your lovely smile. I'm sorry that treatment has been so hard to endure, and the side effects too. I will continue to pray for you as you continue to fight.

PS - I really like the floral border.

Stephanie and RachelJoy <sstrom@quik.com>
- Tuesday, April 20, 2004 12:11 AM CDT
Hi, Sara, Luke, Rachel, and Anna, Greetings from Anchorage! I'm spending a few days with our Luke and Ana, (and sister, Amy and Jim.) It's still wintery here, with piles of snow starting to thaw. Ana and I walked to a nearby park, and had to change our course when we saw a moose on our path! Amy needed a break from the kids and I needed a good dose of them, so it's been a great time for all! I trust that our girls are managing ok. Maddie seems to appreciate the independence. Hope that this week is going well for you. I think of you so often, Sara, and send you healing thoughts all the way from Alaska! I'll be home tomorrow. Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber <sugraber@usinternet.com>
Msp, - Monday, April 19, 2004 8:00 PM CDT
Hey Sara, Luke, Rachel and Anna,
It is a blast from the past just reading the entries, Bruce Ario, Anne Nelson, the Bantels, boy oh boy. Thanks for posting the update and new picture, I keep checking, even though I haven't written for a while. I was so glad to hear that you and Di (Bud) spoke for a good long while. I can only imagine what the chemo does and most friends I've known have NOT looked this great through the process. You have a wonderful natural "Sara glow" in the photo and it warms my heart to see it.

It's Friday night and my kids are gone and I've outlasted Fred tonight, so I finally have a moment to "converse" so to speak. Isn't the smell of things wonderful now? You know it's been a long winter when even the wafting dog poop smells good, mixed in with emerging grasses.

Life is pretty good these days. After the last time I saw you, after my Mom died, my Dad has settled well at Reflections and he doesn't even remember what happened on a daily basis. Far be it from me to remind him: only when it's a major holiday and he thinks he may be in trouble for enjoying such a great service at church, or other family visitors, without having my Mom there...only then I give him a gentle reality check so he doesn't feel quilty about it. He's with me all the time...every sunday at church and Th nights..it's a new life style and one I'm grateful for.

Suzie's daughter Jamie (16) was in the latest June Lune Theater production called "Ballroom". It was great and she has a budding new career.

My Emily is doing Girl Scouts (and yes, I'll put on several pounds soon from the cookies), basketball and general girl stuff. Ryan is at LSC (my college) on PSEO as a senior and plans to transer to Rochester for Digital Arts next year...Yeh! (I have tuition waiver at the 2 year schhols and he gets the value of that).

I recently figured out I've been doing HR for 20 year (goodness sakes) and am pretty burned out, but am actively working on continuing teaching (and learning on-line approaches) to veer in that direction for pre-retirement work. Fred continues to grow his business and actually sold of the home care portion to concentrate on the residential piece for folks with dementia (like where my Dad lives). He recently opened the 3rd home and is building a few more for opening in June.

That's my update...sorry it's long..but that't that deal when we don't catch up often enough. You are all in our prayers and I think of you daily. Thank God for a quiet moment. Continue the battle, you'll win, you always do! Love and jazz, Mar (Nienaber)

Mary Youngstrand (aka Nienaber) <m.youngstrand@lsc.mnscu.edu>
Duluth, minnesota - Friday, April 16, 2004 11:04 PM CDT
Thanks to your family for keeping us all informed and updated. It is greatly appreciated, I continue to pray for you Sara, the 30 year reunion (AAHHH) is coming up and Abdo and I have decided to have a "class of 74" donation to the Amer. Cancer Society, it seems appropriate for our class, keep up the positive attitude Lila
lila mayes <lilamayes@earthlink.net>
minneapolis, mn usa - Friday, April 16, 2004 3:56 PM CDT
Sara - Glad to see your recent update and hear that you are hanging in there. I think of you so often and hope that you are doing better. This spring is so welcome! I hope that you are able to enjoy the sunshine and breezes. I love your pictures - way to coordinate colors! Your sweater matches the flower banner on the website perfectly. Even with all of this you're still so fashionable! Keep your spirits up - we're all cheering for you! Fondly, Amy Hoffman
Amy Hoffman <amy.hoffman@medtronic.com>
White Bear Lake, MN USA - Thursday, April 15, 2004 3:03 PM CDT
Hi Sara. I hope you feel better. And I love your new picture. And It was funny when Ian stole all of Gelsi's bones and toys. Then Gelsi tried to steal the toys and bones back. And then my mom took the bones away from both of them and she put them on the mantel. Ian tried to jump up and get them! Oooh was Gelsi tired at nighttime that night. i love you Sara and i love Ian too. love greta
greta goetz <egoetz259@aol.com>
- Tuesday, April 13, 2004 6:51 PM CDT
I hope you and your family had a blessed Easter! I think of you so often and continue to pray for you and your family. I miss our daily giggles at work. Take care, Sara, and God bless you and your family. Love, Barb Bates

Barb Bates <barbara,bates@medtronic.com>
Fridley, MN USA - Tuesday, April 13, 2004 2:30 PM CDT
Sara, driving to school today I heard "Low Spark of High-heeled Boys" on the radio -- for the first time in about a gazillion years. I had to sit in the parking lot until it ended! Of course, it reminded me of you. (All good music from the '70's reminds me of you and your household, as you well know.)
Enjoy the spring bird songs from your window. Sending you healing,peaceful vibes from muddy Vermont. Love, Bud

Diane Bahrenburg <dibahren@aol.com>
Colchester, VT USA - Monday, April 12, 2004 9:01 PM CDT
Hi Sara,

I want to wish you and your entire family a very blessed Easter!!!!

We think of you often, and keep you in our hearts and prayers!!!

With love,
Julie, Maddie and the entire Dornisch/Paguyo/James family

Julie Dornisch <juliedornisch@yahoo.com>
Mpls, MN - Sunday, April 11, 2004 9:55 AM CDT
Hi, Sara....it was good to see an update to your journal this morning and also to learn that you are making good progress. I don't know what part of the country you're in, but if you had a winter as bad as ours (Chicago area), I'm sure you're enjoying that sunshine! Please know that you are in my continued prayers and that I'm praying for great results from your latest treatment.

Wishing more sunshine your way,

Legacy of Hope Prayer Warriors

Alice <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Saturday, April 10, 2004 11:59 AM CDT
First off, thank you so much for the update. We continue to send our blessings and healing energy to you and hope that your break from chemo gives your body the rest it needs.
Very sincerely,
Diane Romano

Diane Shay <staystrongsara@youcandoit.com>
Sun Valley, ID - Friday, April 9, 2004 2:02 PM CDT
Hi Sara, Luke and Girls, Just dropping a note of continued encouragement. I hope your news from the Drs. continues to be as good or better than your last update. Thinking good thoughts for and of you, often.
Heather Bantle <hpbantle@earthlink.net>
Chaska, MN Carver - Tuesday, April 6, 2004 9:24 PM CDT
Your and Luke's wave to me the other day helped brighten my day. I continue to pray for you and your family.
Betsy Witzig-Wyvell

Betsy Witzig-Wyvell <jwyvell@worldnet.att.net>
Mpls, Mn USA - Tuesday, April 6, 2004 8:25 PM CDT
Hi, Sara,

Just dropping by to send some good wishes your way. Hope all is going well for you and that you're making good progress. Take care!



Alice <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Monday, April 5, 2004 11:18 AM CDT
Hey Sara! I'm looking for you tonight...actually, I'm here at home with my kids as Ed is out of town. I'm so glad Lisa is visiting right now...she has such a positive energy and good things happen when she is here. Enjoy her and your brief reprieve from treatment. Ahhh for some warm, sunny air and a treatment break. love you. love, Susan
susan reynolds <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Saturday, April 3, 2004 8:00 PM CST
Hi Sara,
Well I was going to try and be humorous but there is no way I can compete with Dave S!!! So I'll just say hi and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve Hague <steve.hague@medtronic.com>
Houlton, WI USA - Monday, March 29, 2004 12:51 AM CST
Hi, Sara, I'm taking a break from a big project going through all the girls' old books to donate to the Msp public schools. I've needed to do this for years, but my impetus is a Saturday pick-up. Anything I can do for you this week? Sounds like Rachel had a GREAT time! Now what is Anna planning to do for fun during her break? One of these days the sun will come out and stay out. Sending warm wishes your way, Love, Susan G
Susan Graber <sugraber@usinternet.com>
MSP, MN - Monday, March 29, 2004 12:09 AM CST
Dear Sara,

The news in the latest journal entry looks very hopeful! Sara, I think about you often and pray for you. You are so brave and good to try all these treatments.

It is good to get out in that nice Spring weather. I understand MN had a lot of beautiful snow this winter, but I'll bet you're not sorry to see it go. The trees have all gone through their blooming period in the East Bay already, as they started in February. Lots of pollen but so pretty.

I've been doing some things with a matchmaking club which were fun. It reminds me of a huge buffet, with almost too many choices. Anyway, being a new homeowner along with my job and working out to keep the flab at bay keeps me busy enough for now.

We're all pulling for you and want you to feel better soon. Hang in there. Remember there is a standing invitation to stay at my place whenever you feel like travelling again.

With love,

Ann Nelson
- Saturday, March 27, 2004 1:20 AM CST
Hi again, Sara. Just dropping by to send some good wishes your way. Hope you're feeling well and enjoying the coming of spring. It was bright and sunny in Buffalo Grove today, which is a welcome change from the harsh temperatures we've been having all winter. Our dog, Scout, stayed by the patio door begging to go out. :-) I guess even she could see what a beautiful day it was. Hope you're getting lots of sunshine, too! Take care. My prayers for you continue.


Legacy of Hope Prayer Warriors

Alice Manfredini <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Wednesday, March 24, 2004 2:44 AM CST
Hi Sara,
Just writing to say that Marjory and I continue to think about you. M. had her last chemo treatment about 9 days ago; the course of this one is much like the others. . .
I've been in Fargo, am home for one day then I go back until April 4. The work is rather hard actually but it is good work.
all the best to you and Luke, Rachel and Anna
love, Craig

Craig Johnson <musiccrj@visi.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 10:53 AM CST
Sara! I was shocked and saddened to hear the news from your brother Mark. I will forever hold fond memories of you and Di Gruber as we went through high school.May God treat you with kindness although these things don't make sense sometimes, we are best off if we believe in some kind of plan and never give up on that.

Bruce Ario <ariowrite@earthlink.net>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Saturday, March 20, 2004 10:52 PM CST
Sara, just wanted you to know that I dropped in to check your journal and I'm glad that you were doing so well in February and would like to have an update if anyone can just drop a line or two to let us know. YOu are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deedee Petty (PW with Legacy of Hope) <pettydj@planetc.com>
Lenoir City, TN USA - Friday, March 19, 2004 10:34 PM CST
You may not know this, but my wife is from Toronto and I like to share a bit of humor so I just had to copy this

A Texan, while visiting Toronto, found himself in the back seat of a taxi cab on the way to his hotel. Passing by the Royal York the Texan asked the cab driver "What's that building there?" "That's the Royal York Hotel" replied the cabbie. "The Royal York? How long did it take to build that?" asked the Texan. "About 12 years" replied the cabbie.

"12 years? We build 'em twice as high, twice as wide and four times as long down in Texas, and we do that in six months."

A while later the cab driver makes his was past the Metro-Toronto Convention Centre. "What's that building over there?" asked the Texan. "That's the Metro-Toronto Convention Centre" replied the cabbie. "Convention Centre? How long'd it take to build that?" asked the Texan. "About three years" replied the cabbie. "Three years? We build 'em twice as high, three times as long and four times as wide as that down in Texas, and it only takes us about two weeks."

Shortly thereafter the cabbie drives past the CN Tower. "What's that building there?" asks the Texan, pointing at the tower. "Danged if I know" replied the cabbie, "It wasn't here when I drove by yesterday."

If you want to have a few more laughs I found this at:

Dave Schaenzer <SchaeDave@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Friday, March 19, 2004 1:56 PM CST
Hi Sara,
It was so nice to read a good update for you and
i will continue to pray for you as you fight this
battle,God Bless you honey..

Trish/Legacy of Hope <Rrntbyr@aol.com>
Kingston, TN U.S.A. - Friday, March 19, 2004 1:19 PM CST
Dear Sara,
A month has now passed, since your last update. That update was good though.. and encouraging. I pray that you are continuing to tolerate treatments at least fairly well, and recognizing help and improvement from those treatments.

God Bless you as you fight on!
Love in Christ,

A LEGACY OF HOPE! Cancer Support & Encouragement

Lynn <lynn@legacyofhope.org>
Panama City, FL USA - Friday, March 19, 2004 9:24 AM CST
Hi Sara,
Cyd Anderson looked me up yesterday as her daughter is playing in a championship college hockey game in Vermont. She came over to my house for dinner and, among other things, we reminisced about her 7th grade birthday/slumber party during which you had to make a quick exit for stitches (that bad boy, James J. ... sigh) and returned in time for the rest of the sleepless, adolescent chatter. Please give your shin-scar a wave for us! It was so wonderful catching up with you on the phone awhile back I can't even describe it ...(but I surely tried in that nearly endless letter I wrote on the plane ... have you finished it yet?)
Thinking of you, Bud

Diane Bahrenburg <dibahren@aol.com>
Colchester, VT USA - Friday, March 19, 2004 5:09 AM CST
Dear Sara, I just got back from my whirlwind trip to NJ to see my sister-in-law on her 50th birthday, then on to see Lauren in Connecticut. It was fun. While I was there Lauren found out that she got the Watson fellowship to study overseas next year...going to Norway, Thailand, Egypt, and India. She is thrilled, optimistic, and idealistic, and I (of course) am anxious about the state of the world! It's hard to imagine I was once young and fancyfree! Hope this week is going well for you, and that the glutasol helps a bit(?) I'll be around all week, so call if you feel like company or getting out. Sending restful, healing energy your way, Love, Susan
Susan Graber
MSP, - Tuesday, March 16, 2004 3:06 PM CST
Hi Sara. This is Uncle Craig, who thanks to Anna now knows how to visit this site. Its great to read about the success of the recent treatments! Hang in there. Also hope Luke and the girls are doing well.
I go to Fargo ND for much of the next 3 weeks. Sounds boring, but it is really quite good work.
All our love. Craig

Craig Johnson <musiccrj@visi.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Sunday, March 14, 2004 9:16 PM CST
Hi, Sara! Just stopped by to check for an update. There were no new entries, but I'll check back soon. Hope you continue to do well and making good progress. If you're like me, you're probably looking forward to the coming of spring. We've had such a harsh winter here in Illinois that I'm looking forward to spring more than ever! Hope lots of sunshine comes your way soon!



Alice Manfredini <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Sunday, March 14, 2004 3:35 PM CST
Hi Sara,

I just read the update, and I am so glad that you are making such wonderful progress. Your strength and courage are absolutely amazing! I think about you a lot and send lots of positive energy your way.

Michelle Zarmbinski
Mendota Heights, Minnesota - Sunday, March 14, 2004 8:57 AM CST

I recently saw Eddie Romagnolo, Paul Poulos, and Bill Eddy and it brought back memories of earlier days at PG&E. My very best to you, Luke, and the girls. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve Rayburn <sar5@pge.com>
San Rafael, CA - Friday, March 12, 2004 10:04 AM CST
Dear Sara, It sounds like there's no way cancer is going to get you down! Yaa for you. I'm glad you have good friends to help you through. I'm praying for God's blessings to be abundant in your life.
Stephanie and RachelJoy <sstrom@quik.com>
- Thursday, March 11, 2004 8:49 PM CST
I just got a nice update from Diane and am happy to hear that you had a chance to talk while she was in the cities. Its nice to connect with old friends after 30 years. I can't believe its been that long...I know that I don't feel THAT old. It seems like only yesterday that Peg and I were walking home from school with you and Diane. It had to take Peg and I a good mile out of our way to do that but we must have had so much to talk about that it didn't matter. Then we said our goodbyes and sang "happy trails to you, until we meet again....."

Hang in there Sara, I hope that you're feeling well enough these days to get out and enjoy the late springtime snow! My Mom said that she drove around Nokomis yesterday and the snow was so pretty.
Diane Romano

Diane Shay <dianeshay@earthlink.net>
Sun Valley, ID - Tuesday, March 9, 2004 1:45 PM CST
Hi Sara...You've been in my thoughts so much lately. Glad to learn of the positive results. I visited the "photo gallery"...so delighted to see pictures of your daughters, they're gorgeous! We were almost that age last time I saw you!!! I think we have some catching up to do! Smiled when I saw the Wizard of Oz snaps. I remember us belting out tunes from "the Wiz" at your piano in the living room...your mom came in and without missing a beat she joined our silly seranade.What a sport she was. I'm working on a long letter to you. Love, Sara Wastvedt (aka.Whatta----)
Sara Wastvedt <sjwastvedt@aol.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, March 8, 2004 9:48 PM CST
Gimme a S ---S--- GImme an A ----A---! Gimme a R ---R--- Gimme an A ---A----.......



We're all by your side cheering you on! Way to go on that good news! You've shown us all, and the cancer what you're made of, now let's go get the rest!!

Maddie www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie <madelinepaguyo@Yahoo.com>
- Saturday, March 6, 2004 2:30 PM CST
Dear Sara ... I am so glad I checked in and learned the great news! I told you that heaven was being stormed with the prayers of your many friends and family ... but beyond that, your courage and attitude are a wonderful source of the miracles happening for you! Love, Doris
Doris Spingola <Doriss825@cs.com>
Sonoma, CA USA - Thursday, March 4, 2004 3:51 PM CST
Just a funny thought I wish to share with you:

I've figured out why NASA is having problems with Spirit, their Mars Rover.
See, Spirit is a juvenile male that is away from home for the first time. It sleeps all day. It can't hold a job. It stays up all night doing God knows what. It refuses to communicate except in short, unintelligible phrases. And it won't do a damn thing it is told to do. NASA, proud parent that it is, needs to just leave it alone. It will call home in a couple of weeks, when it needs money.

Enjoy and take care,

Dave Schaenzer <schaedave@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, March 4, 2004 7:53 AM CST
Hi, Sara!
Just checking in from Anchorage. We are starting the long journey toward Spring--more sunlight, snow is getting crusty and dirty, the moose are hungry and boldy walking from house to house. All signs that Spring will be upon us--in 2 or 3 months! Tomorrow Maddie takes her driver's test. Will this mean new-found freedom for her and Rachel? Where did those years go?
As always, I am thinking of you daily and appreciate the updates.
Spring forward!
Love, Amy

Amy Johns
Anchorage, AK USA - Wednesday, March 3, 2004 3:06 AM CST
Hi Sara,
It's a lovely Sunday morning in SF. The rain has let up for two days straight so I expect everyone will be out and about - heading to the Marin Headlands, Mount Tam or even to the real burbs and Mt Diablo. Think of you and Luke often. Pls tell Luke the Baghwan is looking for him.
You are in my prayers.Chris

Christina Joyce <christinajoyce@sbcglobal.net>
San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, February 29, 2004 10:45 AM CST
an update to Matt's note from 2/20 - I managed to win a bunch of his money - a rare event, so your good luck must be spreading

Love, Gunnar

Gunnar Nelson <nelso248@eudoramail.com>
Minneapolis, MN - Friday, February 27, 2004 12:05 AM CST
Dear Sara,
I am so happy to hear all the good news!! I also read in the paper this morning that Avistin was approved my the FDA. It sounds really promising.

My bible study continues to pray for you. During January we had a "J-term class" on spirituality that was really well attended and I told the women your story. Among the group were other cancer survivors and lots of really prayerful women. They are all praying for you. I also put your name in the prayer intention book in our Holy Sacrament Chapel. People are in that chapel 24/7 praying.

I would love to visit you - I haven't seen you since Dec 12 - but I also don't want to wear you out. Maybe Luke could give me a call when you feel up to seeing me.

God Bless and lots of love,


Diane Malone <d.malone@mchsi.com>
Long Lake, MN USA - Friday, February 27, 2004 10:34 AM CST
Sara and Family,
Thanking you for the update. We pray everyday for Sara's healing and strength for the family. God is good even in the midst of trials. Keep trusting, believing and keeping on. Our church prays for you daily, and in every service. God bless you with His love and comfort!

Pastor Dawn Schnur <dms@kalispell-apostolic.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Thursday, February 26, 2004 11:05 PM CST
Sara, Luke and girls,
I had lunch with Storme last week and she filled me in on what has been happening with you. It is so not fair, but I wanted to send you my warmest thoughts and prayers, and all the positive energy I can muster up. We have had several friends get some pretty serious diagnoses over the last few years as well, and I am happy and thankful to report that they are all hanging in there, defying the odds and living active, happy lives. I'm praying for you too, Sara, for you and your family. I haven't talked to you in so long, I wish it could be over lighter circumstances. I was back in Mpls. over the 4th of July, and Storme tells me she was there too, visiting you! I wish I would have known, we stayed with friends in the same area you live, and probably walked around the same lakes you did. It would have been fun to catch up. Maybe next time. Anyway, hang in there. I'll be thinking of all of you. I enjoyed seeing the photo of you and your girls. They are so big and pretty, and you and Luke haven't aged a bit. Must be that clean, Mpls living. I have a 5 year old daughter now myself. She is full of spit and vinegar, but then what else could I expect... it's payback time! I'll look for your updates, and keep sending you positive energy. Enjoy your visit with our dear Storme next week. Much love, Deb

Deb Finzen <djfinzen@attbi.com>
Larkspur, Ca USA - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 1:57 PM CST
Hi Sara -- Lady in Red!

What a beautiful picture of you! To see your smile was so encouraging along with the good news! I am praying fiercely that stereotactic radiation will work it's magic! My thoughts are with you and your family.

Lisa A. Martinson
Administrative Assistant III to Trish Snyder
CRM Therapy Delivery Assurance

Lisa A. Martinson <lisa.a.martinson@medtronic.com>
- Tuesday, February 24, 2004 10:11 AM CST
Sara, It was great to hear the news of your progress. Keep up the fight. My prayers are with you and your family.

Michele Widen <michele.m.widen@medtronic.com>
Fridley, MN - Tuesday, February 24, 2004 7:35 AM CST
Hi Sara!
It was great reading the latest update with the positive news! You're in my prayers and thoughts every day. Hurry back, warm weather will be here soon enough and we have a 1:1 date at the picnic table in the courtyard!
Your friend,

Paul Thompson <paul.thompson@medtronic.com>
- Monday, February 23, 2004 6:21 PM CST
Sara, the power of prayer is alive and well. I will continue to send off my messages and will have the "powerful girls" from work keep up their good stuff. Know that many are thinking and praying for you, I'm so glad to hear the good news on the updates Hang in there, Lila
lila mayes <lilamayes@earthlink.net>
minneapolis, mn - Monday, February 23, 2004 2:45 PM CST
Hi Sassy Sara...
Wanted to send my love and prayers to ya. We all miss you here at CRM IT!! Hope you enjoyed the gifts we recently sent you.

Shannon <shannoniten@hotmail.com>
Shoreview, MN - Monday, February 23, 2004 10:11 AM CST
Great news, if Maureen can beat it, so can you.
John Trepp <jtrepp@tasksunlimited.org>
Mpls., Mn henn - Sunday, February 22, 2004 5:43 PM CST

Thanks to Luke, first, for updating us on your progress. It is good to read that you are not letting this monster win. I really admire that. Alameda is as you left it, pleasant, nice, not very exciting (according to our teenagers). It was better when you were here to ride the ferry with me!

Harriet Stewart <harriet.stewart@stewartdaly.com>
Alameda, CA - Saturday, February 21, 2004 5:32 PM CST

Signs of hope. Great news. What a boost after such a tough struggle with harsh treatments. Am playing cards tonight with Gunnar, so will see what else he's heard. Continuing to keep you in thoughts and prayers.

Matt Kane
- Saturday, February 21, 2004 8:41 AM CST
Hi, Sara! I was so happy to see an update on your site today.....and even happier to see that there was good news to report. We're here cheering for you, and our prayers for your recovery will continue!


Legacy of Hope Prayer Warriors

Alice <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Saturday, February 21, 2004 0:09 AM CST
Sara, Great to read about your progress. Stay with it. We are pulling for you!
Victor Assad, Medtronic Tempe <victor.assad@medtronic.com>
Tempe, AZ Maricopa - Friday, February 20, 2004 5:19 PM CST
Sara and Luke - as my 2 year old nephew Hugo says, Hal- LU- La!!! I'm SO very grateful for the good news this week. Sounds like Master Chun Yi Lin and your healing massage person are picking up on the same good trend. HalLUla!!love susan
Susan Reynolds <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Friday, February 20, 2004 5:04 PM CST
Hi Sara! Thanks, Luke for updating the website; I'm sure I check it everyday hoping for some good news. Sara, it sounds like you're doing an awesome job fighting this battle and I'm happy that you're "stable". That's great news! I'm glad that you're getting out to enjoy some of that Minnesota winter weather that I miss so much...All your old buddies from WHS are sending strong healing energy to you.
Love, Diane Romano

Diane Shay <dianeshay@earthlink.net>
Sun Valley, ID - Friday, February 20, 2004 9:56 AM CST
Hi Sara,
What wonderful news on your website! May God continue to provide you and your family strength and guidance. God bless you, Sara!

Barb Bates <barbara.bates@medtronic.com>
Isanti, MN - Friday, February 20, 2004 9:36 AM CST
Hi Sara,
I'm so glad to hear the good news!! You and your family have been in our daily prayers and thoughts. We all miss you at Medtronic. May God's healing touch continue to be upon you and may He give you peace, joy and His love. Think Spring !!

Debbie Krebs <debbie.krebs@medtronic.com>
Fridley, MN - Friday, February 20, 2004 8:57 AM CST
Hi Sara,
What great news! I'm very glad to hear that you've been able to get out with friends and go to movies. You're probably tired of the Rocky and Bullwinkle DVD by now. ;-) My kids aren't though, which is actually kind of fun.

You are in our thoughts in prayers. Take care.

Thanks you so much for keeping us up to date.


Steve Hague
Houlton, WI - Friday, February 20, 2004 8:38 AM CST
Such encouraging, great news! It will be a happier day now.

Love, Heather

Heather Strong <hermajestysship@hotmail.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Friday, February 20, 2004 7:50 AM CST
Hi Sara, Luke, Rachel and Anna -
It's cousin Shari from the Pipkin(Griffin)/Malejan(formerly Johnson, now Jochem)Carizona(Gardner)/Roussere clan, as if that wasn't a mouth full. Everytime I speak with my mom I always ask about you all and wonder how Sara is doing. Today she sent me the link to this website. It's so nice to see a picture of you all, everyone looks so beautiful and the girls are so grown! I want you to know that you are all in my prayers and think of you often. My best and my love to you all! Love, Shari & Jonathan Malejan Jochem

Shari Malejan Jochem <ShariM530@hotmail.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 7:27 PM CST
Hi there Sara, hope all is well today and for all future days as well. Love you and hope for the speediest recovery possible. You're in my heart and prayers.
Love Miguel

Miguel Carisoza <Iamtryian@aol.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 2:42 PM CST
Dear Sara, I just can't get over your website...you have more friends than anybody I know!! (Of course, that all reflects back to YOU! Rest and heal this week, as the treatment continues to do its work. There is a sense of Spring in the air today! Love, Susan
Susan Graber
Minneapolis, - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 11:26 AM CST
With 40 degree weather in the forcast for today, I hope that you have time to take a walk in the Spring weather. Just thinking about you.
Dave Schaenzer <schaedave@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 7:57 AM CST
Hi Sara -

My mom was kind enough to send me a link to this site! I appreciated the personal updates she was giving me, but prefer to hear what is going on in a more consistent basis!

We think about you often and pray for a speedy recovery.

With Love,
Katie (the smallest of the pipkin clan) and michael

Katie & michael <seedoodles@aol.com>
New Orleans,, LA USA - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 7:48 AM CST
Hi again, Sara. I was hoping for a new journal entry, but I sense that things are going well. I just wanted to stop by and say that I am still praying for you and asking the Lord for complete healing. Be well!


Alice <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 10:24 PM CST
Dear Sara--caught up with Luke today on the phone, and was pleased to hear good news for you. we love you lots out here in rainy Sacramento, and you are in our prayers daily. a big gentle group hug from kym and jerry.
Kym Pipkin <flyohippo@aol.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 7:15 PM CST
Hi Sarah,

Checking in with you from snowy Canada and hoping to hear good news soon. We will continue to pray for your complete healing! We hope you are having many more good days than bad.Happy (belated) Valentine's greetings!

big hugs for you,

Tracey, Steve, Quinn and Callum Ager. xoxox BWC <traceyhewison@shaw.ca>
Calgary,Ab, Canada, - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 12:39 AM CST
Dear Sarah and Family,
Just wanted to see how you were doing and let you know we are still praying for you in every service and prayer meeting.

Pastor Dawn Schnur <dms@kalispell-apostolic.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Monday, February 16, 2004 11:49 PM CST
Hi Sara,
I'll be in Minneapolis next week visiting Viv (who, by the way, is 86). I'll try to contact you when I'm there. (Perhaps we could exchange some Huntzi and Benji stories!)Reading some of your recent messages, I gather that you revisted "Harold & Maude" so I guess we don't need to see that! (Can you believe it? Seems like just a few years ago we were caught in its spell! Let's see ... when was that? 1970?)The students who run the 'Peace & Social Justice Club in my high school just sponsored a viewing of that film. They cracked up when I could retell so many scenes and sing the songs. Their old Baby Boomer English teacher? WEIRD!)
Thinking of you. Take good care, Bud Grant

Diane Bahrenburg <dibahren@aol.com>
Colchester, VT USA - Friday, February 13, 2004 7:46 PM CST
Hi Miss Sara,
Just checking in to say hello and let you know you are in my prayers. It's raining today - our normal winter weather after 5 days of wonderful sun. Wishing you the best, Chris

Chris Joyce <christinajoyce@sbcglobal.net>
San Francisco, CA 94110 - Friday, February 13, 2004 5:35 PM CST
I'm anxious to hear an update and hoping that you're continuing to improve. I'm also jealous that you'll be getting visits in these next few weeks from a couple of our Washburn classmates! Stay strong and positive, Sara!

Diane Shay <dianeshay@earthlink.net>
Sun Valley, Idaho - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 3:58 PM CST
Hi Sara(and Rachel, Anna and Luke), Ė I just spoke with Susan and wanted to call you right away, but Iím pleased that you are out at the movies and that I will have to wait. I am so glad that Susan called. I cannot wait to see you. I know that you have been surrounded by the huge...no... more like enormous or gigantic...number of family and friends that love you dearly. Iím another in that number count of people who love you and am eager to see you, hug you, and Ďtalk foreverí as we have been known to do. :+) Talk to you in a bit...Joy
Joy <joyellis@aol.com>
Edina, MN United States - Sunday, February 8, 2004 3:29 PM CST
Dear Sara,

It has been so long since any updated news on how you are feeling. But the Lord knows, and I pray that you are doing well at this time. Whether there are updates or not.. you remain in our hearts and prayers. I check by often but don't usually leave a message.. I think I will change that! You take care!

God bless you!
Love and hugs

A LEGACY OF HOPE! Cancer Support & Encouragement

Lynn <lynn@legacyofhope.org>
Panama City, FL USA - Saturday, February 7, 2004 6:53 PM CST
Hi again, Sara! Just looking in on you to see if there was a new update. Hope you are still doing well and having improvement in your vision. Please know you are still in my prayers, and I'm wishing the best to you and yours!


Legacy of Hope Prayer Warriors

Alice <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Saturday, February 7, 2004 0:25 AM CST
Hi Sara ... just finished reading through the most recent guestbook entries and finally found a message from Freddie boy aka Rico ... reading these certainly takes one down the memory lane of PG&E and names from the past, e.g., Bunnie ... Dan Robinson! Did you ever think you would be the source of all of this nostalgia? Well, there is one thing for sure ... Heaven is being stormed by all of the prayers, well wishes and good thoughts of your legions of friends and family! Love, Doris
Doris Spingola <Doriss825@cs.com>
Sonoma, CA USA - Friday, February 6, 2004 11:57 AM CST
Dear Sara, Just a quick note to let you know I'm thinking of you! I'm recovering from my latest medical adventure and I'm feeling well, but still kind of tired. I can take a nap in the morning and the afternoon and still be ready for bed around nine! You and I need to embrace those naptimes as productive, healing times! Amy was here from Anchorage for a few days..aren't those times with sisters the best? She sends her greetings on to you. I get a kick out of seeing Rachel driving with Luke! At least the girls got experience with winter driving this week. Take care, rest, and heal. Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber
Minneapolis, MN - Thursday, February 5, 2004 6:53 PM CST
Hi Sara, Just checking for updates and I'm glad to see that you've been able to have visitors...Harold and Maude..what a stitch! I'm up late tonight, a little maudlin myself, Ryan is turning 18 tomorrow. Yikes, where did that time go? He says he can't sleep, so much to think about...and it got me to thinking when we were 18 and our summer trip to Montana to see Lisa & company. That was a great trip...who knew the little red car could really go over 100 mph? Yikes. I hesitate to call, not knowing how your feeling, but I would LOVE to see you. I am going to be in town the 2nd week in March. Unless I hear otherwise, I'll call and try to arrange a time that works for you. We continue our prayers and positive thoughts coming your way. Love and jazz, Mary (Nienaber) and company
Mary Youngstrand (aka Nienaber) <m.youngstrand@lsc.mnscu.edu>
Duluth, MN USA - Wednesday, February 4, 2004 11:17 PM CST
Sara: From the readings, it sounds like you are feeling better, that is terrific. I'm sure not everyday is the same though. I'm glad to read that Lisa arrived. How wonderful! You and your family continue to be in my prayers EVERY day. On the daily side of our life: Peter has now chosen to attend Holy Family in Victoria for High School. He is looking for higher academic standards and smaller classes. (He is still hoping to take over Lee's law practice someday. He is also looking for an edge to get into a good college like NYU!) Michael is still pondering over college. He is now on a sponsored paintball team and traveling across the US along with continuing to work full-time at Canterbury in security. College is a bit too boring right now, I think! Marge is off this weekend to Sun Valley for a month. Jane is soon to follow for a week. Marge is thrilled to have Jane spend time with her. Paul may arrive later in February to play a bit of golf. John and his family are off to Tuscany, Italy soon. You probably have all this news already. I pray that all the positive thoughts coming your way help in healing. Always, Heather
Heather Bantle <hpbantle@earthlink.net>
Chaska, MN USA - Wednesday, February 4, 2004 9:13 PM CST
Dear Sara,
I can't wait to see you tommorow, if just for the day! Just call me the jet setter.
Love, Lisa

Lisa Poler <wheelerjewelry@centurytel.net>
Kalispell, MT - Monday, February 2, 2004 1:02 PM CST
looking at the entries for the first time, the email I was going to send seems a bit out of place. Maybe I'll send it as a note. In any case, I'm glad to hear that you're feeling a better.

Eric Nelson <enelson8@mn.rr.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, February 2, 2004 12:30 AM CST
Sara - I enjoyed watching "Harold and Maude" with you, Rachel and Anna last night. What a blast from the past...and man-oh-man is my memory GONE! Those fish oil pills need to work a little harder...except for the music, I didn't remember much of that movie at all! But really, it's a classic. Your room was cozy and warm on a bitterly cold night...and it works well set up as a movie theater! I felt lucky to be there. Love you!
susan <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Saturday, January 31, 2004 10:36 AM CST

Not sure if you rememeber me. I have been reading the updates and decided to send you a note of encouragement. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Brian says to tell your daughter hi. He remebers her from the Ferry Boat rides from SF to Alameda and when they were both in the PG%E Day Care Center. He says to tell you hi and that he hopes for the best for you.


Bunnie Brown <bacbmb@pacbell.net>
San Leandro, CA USA - Friday, January 30, 2004 1:00 AM CST

It's great to hear your feeling better from Susan. It's all that Protocel 50. I've been feeling kind of under the weather on it too.

I hope you continue having "good" days and those "bad" days disappear! Hope to see you soon,

Maddie www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie <madelinepaguyo@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, January 29, 2004 6:44 PM CST
Hi Sara,
Drive by the So Van Ness Street House about 15 times a month and always think of you. Also think about you every Sunday when I watch Sunday Morning. Still can't figure out how to tape a program I'm not watching so am up very early (6a.m in SF because of weird local programming)
So now You are not only in my thoughts but also in my prayers.
With love to you, Luke and the kiddos, Chris Joyce

Christina Joyce <christinajoyce@sbcglobal.net>
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, January 29, 2004 5:58 PM CST
Hi Luke and Sara:
Gwen Landon just forwarded the website to me. You have a beautiful family. I also have two girls 8 and 11. I have been living in the San Luis area for the past 7 years. I often remember the many laughs I had while working for Luke. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Melanie

Melanie Oltmanns/Curry <mjo5@pge.com>
San Luis Obispo, CA USA - Thursday, January 29, 2004 12:57 AM CST
Sara - another "blast from the past". Gwen Landon sent me an email this morning sharing with me the challenges you face. For what it's worth, you have a growing team of friends (even though some, like myself, haven't had the pleasure of seeing you or Luke since, oh, the late 1980's?!?!) who wish and pray for your complete recovery and return to good health. Best wishes to you, Luke, and your family. Count me among the many in your past who remember you fondly and are pulling for you fervently!
Dan Robinson <dan.robinson@hpmg.com>
Walnut Creek, CA USA - Thursday, January 29, 2004 10:52 AM CST

I just learned today about the battle you are waging, and I do think of fighting cancer as a battle. We have a couple of your fellow warriors in my family so I truly empathize with all of you. Please know that all your old friends at PG&E are thinking of you, sending positive thougths and prayers to and for you (and Luke and the girls, too.) I would like to add your name to our prayer list at church (Saint Matthew Lutheran in Walnut Creek). If you would prefer that I not just have Luke drop me a line and say not to. I pray for you every blessing that God can send. I pray that He will guide and lead your doctors and use your treatments to bring healing, strength and peace to you. Gwen

Gwen (Landon) Ross <ghl1@pge.com>
Walnut Creek, CA USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2004 7:14 PM CST
Hi again, Sara. Since there are no updates yet, I'm taking that as good news. I was happy to learn about the improvement in your eyesight and hope that you are feeling well. Please know that you are in my continued prayers. May the Lord shower His blessings upon you and yours!

Love and Prayers,

Legacy of Hope Prayer Warriors

Alice Manfredini <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2004 8:43 PM CST
oh yeah and thats really good news about your eyes!! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Saturday, January 24, 2004 3:32 PM CST
Hey Sara! sorry i havent written in so long! That was really fun last night and you looked really good. bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Saturday, January 24, 2004 3:30 PM CST
Hi Sara! I've been reading the updates for quite some time now, and I had to write you a note. I hope that you are feeling well, despite the circumstances. I wish that there was something I could do for you. I found out that my "cousin-in-law" was your hair woman (now I know who was coloring your daughter's hair!!!). Pretty small world. Anyways, I've graduated from college FINALLY, with a couple of worthless degrees. I'm still at TMG, and things are fine there. Lizzy is getting ready to go to kindergarten next fall (pretty spooky--she still wears the ducky pjs that you made her, despite the hole she cut in them for "air conditioning"...). Anyways, things are going well here, and we are all thinking about you, and checking on your progress all the time.

Take care of yourself, and get better!

Jill Terry <jkterry@themelgroup.com>
St. Paul, MN - Thursday, January 22, 2004 4:26 PM CST
Sara: I just heard from a colleague at PGE. I've known you to be a fighter, so accept nothing less than a hard fight(think of those good times in EastBay labor relations!). I like your picture...did you know that red is considered a lucky color in certain cultures? I'm taking that as a sign of better things to come. Take care, you are always in my prayers. Hope Luke and the girls are taking good care too.
Collins Arengo
San Lorenzo, CA USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 4:06 PM CST
Sending love and prayers from Stillwater MN!
Karen Monsen <mons0122@umn.edu>
Stillwater, MN USA - Monday, January 19, 2004 8:10 PM CST
Hello Sara and Family, I so glad to hear that you've been feeling a bit better. I so appreciate being able to check in your progress and keep informed. It must feel wonderful do to the simple everyday things with your family after the last few months. The simplest things in life can be so rewarding...especially when we've learned to appreciate them through difficulties. I remember how grateful I was even to hear a lippy remark from Ryan after his brain surgery...the simplest things are precious. We're thinking of you and keeping you in our dinner table prayers (We've got my friends in the prayer-chain at church on it too, of course). Take care and keep up the improvement! Love Mary (aka nobs).
Mary Youngstrand (aka Nienaber) <m.youngstrand@lsc.mnscu.edu>
Duluth, minnesota - Saturday, January 17, 2004 11:13 AM CST
Hi Sara!
It's your hairstylist Amy. I finally got a computer! I just read the update. I'm so happy your sight has improved, that must have been very hard. Whenever life seems unbearable Sara, I find comfort in the fact that this life does not last forever, for any of us, and that someday, we can be with God in a place of perfect peace...with none of this crap! In the meantime, I will pray the same for you as I do for myself, that I believe in Christ's promises and keep that perspective, it gives me hope! Please tell Rachel and Anna "hello" Oh, by the way, I found out at Christmas that your Co-workers Mary Ellen and Jill are my in-laws, they wish you well! Let me know if you need me to come over again. I know your hair probably comes and goes through all these treatments but if you have some that would look better evened up a little, I'd be happy to.

Amy (Schettle) Terry

Amy Terry <mterry@startribune.com>
mpls, MN hennepin - Friday, January 16, 2004 11:51 PM CST
Dear Johnsons,
I just wanted you to know that I have been thinking about you and praying for you all. Love, Tessa

Tessa Trepp <tretes@bethel.edu>
Minneapolis, Mn USA - Thursday, January 15, 2004 5:55 PM CST
Hi Sara and Luke:
I just spoke to Jean Brennan at the PGE and she told me about your cancer fight and this website. I am sending all the positive thoughts I can with funny memories of you at the PGE. If not for your pregnancy with ? I would never have had the fun of IR and Dave Bergman, Margaret, Doris and John. Your love of life and great wacky sense of humor permeated 215 and 245 Market! I know that you still must approach life with the same tongue in cheek, smile on your face and let me at them attitude. I will be thinking of you and your family. Take care,

Lisa and family(Paul, Brad (12) and Jeremy (11)

Lisa Bates <Lisa.Bates@ejgallo.com>
Modesto, CA USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2004 5:01 PM CST
hey sara! im soo glad to hear about your rebound in appetite and spirit! hopefully this has something to do with the cancer changing and youll continue to get better! i hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends and it was very relaxing for you!
i hope everything keeps getting better and better!
much love and prayers,

mayumi <asianchik03@netscape.com>
mpls, mn usa - Monday, January 12, 2004 6:36 PM CST
Hi Sara! I stopped by Wheeler's last week to hear the report of your most recent scan and was really encouraged to hear that it appears things have stabilized! Maybe not exactly what you'd hoped to hear, but positive, nonetheless. I've been remiss in writing more frequently--no good excuses, but know that I think of you frequently (as do all the WOTN*). I'm so happy to learn that your vision has improved--I can only imagine how that must have felt when you really didn't have it. Who would have thought that watching TV would be a plus!!! Hopefully you're finding some good stuff to watch!

How lucky you are to have such fabulous friends. Just looking through the email messages shows the amount of support you're receiving from around the world--very impressive! It just goes to show what great friends you and your husband are!
Things have been cold here in MT, tho you're no stranger to winter cold either. I always have to laugh when people start bitching about the snow and/or the cold-----it's WINTER, for goodness sake! Isn't that what it's supposed to be?! I'm just hoping that we continue with the snopack so we can hopefully break the drought cycle we've been going thru for the past 10 years. Please, no more forest fires in 2004!
Keep up the good work and I know it's work.......maintain that super great smile and may 2004 find you back here in MT enjoying GNP, maybe some canoeing or camping, in only the deluxe way in which your dear Sister and her husband know how to camp! Bill and I bought one of those HUGE tents with rooms and a screened in front porch--guaranteed bug-less and with Ted around, guaranteed fresh trout dinner! We'll hold your reservations for whenever!!
Much love and great thoughts,
Peg Rice, Kalispell, MT

*Women Of The Night!!!

Peg Rice <sinopah@digisys.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Monday, January 12, 2004 1:23 PM CST
Hi Sara,
Glad to read that your energy is UP! You are in my thoughts and prayers. I truly miss the BEST HR Rep I have ever had. Eat-Drink-Grab Energy-Get Better-Get Back!

Iva McCormick <iva.mccormick@medtronic.com>
Maplewood, MN USA - Monday, January 12, 2004 1:01 PM CST
Hi Sara,
Just wanted to let you know I am still thinking of you. Luke, thank you so much for your detailed updates on the web page. I can't believe how many people have signed your guestbook now - you have so many wonderful friends. Please keep fighting. Love, Liz

Liz Sands <lsands@att.net>
White Bear Lake, MN USA - Friday, January 9, 2004 5:25 PM CST
Hey Sara. Hope that you have a great weekend. You deserve it!

Take care and remember this: to see rainbows, you must see the rain. No rain, no rainbows. So keep on looking! Prayers and thoughts,

Maddie www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie <madelinepaguyo@yahoo.com>
- Friday, January 9, 2004 4:33 PM CST
Ciao Carina!
Wish you a much better year!
Lots of love

Menasce Isaacs <menasce@libero.it>
Milan, ITALY - Friday, January 9, 2004 7:12 AM CST
Dear Sara, I'm thinking of you today, as I often do. Hope you are settling back into the routine again after your break. I'm always a bit wistful as the kids head back to school. Lauren is here for another week before she begins her last college semester! She is preparing for interviews for fellowships for next year. She wants to work in the area of refugee health. Elizabeth is already back at school and reports that it would be so much more fun without the schoolwork!! (That's no surprise!) Maddie (like Rachel) is back in the grind. It's always fun to have time with Rachel! As we drive home, she has clever, humorous reflections on the day's events! I wish you a restful week and a healthy, healing New Year. Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber
Minneapolis, - Thursday, January 8, 2004 3:40 PM CST
Hi Sara and All, I was in Stillwater last weekend to see Dad and Mary Ann and didn't like your cold weather at all. I saw the backs of Mark and Amy's heads in church, but didn't get a chance to talk to them since they were busy with the coffee hour. We did have lunch with Marilyn, which was very pleasant. She's certainly upbeat. Bob and I are packing today for a 10 day trip to Costa Rica. We're looking for warmth and beauty and I think that's the place to go. We'll be thinking about all of you and wishing you all the warmth and beauty we can. Love, Karen (and Bob)
karen keele <kkeele@sewanee.edu>
sewanee, tn usa - Thursday, January 8, 2004 12:43 AM CST
Dear Sara, I was in shock today when this information was forwarded via Diane Romano. I have to say there were tears in my eyes when I opened the website, but I am encouraged by reading the wonderful notes you've recieved from friends. I too know, as Bud Grant said, that if anyone has the tenacity to beat this..it's you girl.

It's been a while, but you know my situation I believe. Dad's here in Duluth well cared for on a daily basis and I see him twice a week. We had our first Christmas without Eileen and it was tough. They all converged on Duluth...I was glad to get back to work today, HA!

I'm still digesting this news, Sara, and am a bit shy on words (an unusual condition for me, I know) but will write again. I would so love to hear your voice, but understand why this is a good service for you and your family, so you can keep connected with folks, when you feel up to it.

My love and heart goes out to you and I will keep checking the site for news and write again soon.

Mary Youngstrand (aka Nienaber) <m.youngstrand@lsc.mnscu.edu>
Duluth, MN - Monday, January 5, 2004 9:23 PM CST
Dear Sara, You sound like one amazing lady! Is the word intimidation even in your vocabulary??!! I'll check back soon to see how you're doing. May 2004 bring your family many smile producing moments.
Stephanie and RachelJoy <sstrom@quik.com>
- Monday, January 5, 2004 9:18 PM CST
Dear Sara, Daughters and Husband,
We want you to know that we pray everyday for you and your family. Your sister Lisa is a friend of mine, and she helped me through my brother's cancer. I am a Pastor in Kalispell, MT who along with my church lifts you all up daily. Jesus is a great physician and we can go to Him with every care. Blessings.

Pastor Dawn M. Schnur <dms@kalispell-apostolic.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Sunday, January 4, 2004 7:19 PM CST
Dear Sara, I've thought about you many times over the years...Diane Gruber passes on an occasional snippet (I knew you were married, had children and had moved back to MSP)...oh, Sara! My heart goes out to you.
I'm living in Seattle most of the year and Whistler, British Columbia in the winter months (middle-aged ski-bum!, no children (2 cats...I still remember Gray-Kitty and White Kitty!). I went the career girl route (by default!)I'm a captain on a DC-10 (it doesn't require a set of keys, thank goodness!).
I have many fond memories of our antics in highschool (mostly after school!). It struck me reading your web page what a wonderful support system you have, that speaks volumes on who you are. Sara...you are in my thoughts and prayers...wishing you strength. Love, Sara

Sara Jane Wastvedt <sjwastvedt@aol.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Sunday, January 4, 2004 9:32 AM CST
As your soulmate during our zaniest adolescent years, I feel more than qualified to testify that you, my dear, have the feisty tenacity to stare down and overcome the obstacle you're facing. Sending love and God's blessings from Vermont, Diane (a.k.a.Bud Grant)

Diane Bahrenburg <dibahren@aol.com>
Colchester, VT USA - Saturday, January 3, 2004 10:33 PM CST
Hey Sara! merry Christmas nad Happy New Year!! i hope you had a good one! i have to go ! bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Thursday, January 1, 2004 7:20 PM CST
Sara, it's the last few hours of 2003 and I send greetings and only best wishes for happiness and health in 2004. You should know the HR gang at work thinks of you often and has you in their prayers. You are missed!
Rose Lundequam <rose.g.lundequam@medtronic.com>
Fridley, MN USA - Wednesday, December 31, 2003 3:04 PM CST
I'm hoping that you're able to enjoy the Christmas season with your family. We're watching it snow like crazy here in Sun Valley. I've promised my girls that we'll go skiing tomorrow so I'm hoping that the powder isn't too deep otherwise I might lose them! We're sending love and prayers to you and your family and hoping that the new year brings you love, joy, peace and health.

Diane Shay (Romano) <dianeshay@earthlink.net>
Sun Valley, ID - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 10:43 PM CST
I hope that you were feeling well enough to enjoy your Christmas with your family. I have been thinking about you alot, there is not a day that goes by at work that my thoughts do not drift toward you being away. I look forward to the day you return. Have a great New Year's and I will write again soon.

Terri Wolford <wolfot1@comcast.net>
- Tuesday, December 30, 2003 7:40 PM CST
Dear Sara and all, We've been thinking of you during the Xmas holidays. Our children couldn't be with us this year; Rob is in PA with Lisa's family and Laura is entertaining Peter's parents in Seattle. But Adam, Leah's son, was here from Florida with his family so we had the best of both worlds: a little bit of family and not a lot of responsibility! It's warm and sunny in Sewanee this week. I talked to Dad and Mary Ann yesterday and they said it was raining but warmish. Not bad for late Dec in MN. Judy Michael sent me a video of the reunion and we loved seeing you on it. Let me know if you'd like me to send you a copy. Love to all, and don't stay up too late on New Year's Eve, Karen and Bob
Karen Keele <kkeele@sewanee.edu>
Sewanee, TN USA - Sunday, December 28, 2003 10:00 AM CST
I'm thinking of the whole family today-just like every Christmas and special holiday. I'm sending love and appreciation for all the caring and open doors. It has always meant so much.

Love, Heather

Heather M. Strong <hermajestysship@hotmail.com>
Minneapolis, Mn USA - Thursday, December 25, 2003 6:53 PM CST
Sara, went to St.James last night for xmas eve service. Gina is home from the military for the holidays and I decided to spend xmas eve at St. james vs Bethlehem I thought it might be a stretch before the Mayes would all be together for the holidays. I could feel your presence at church, which is where I've last seen you in the last few years. said a special prayer for you and your family. wishing peace hope and joy for the holidays and the new year to come Love Lila
lila mayes <lilamayes@earthlink.net>
minneapolis, mn uas - Thursday, December 25, 2003 5:04 PM CST
Dear Sare-bear
I bumped into Luke at the grocery store (along with a teenager who claimed to be your daughter! Impossible -- you're not old enough) and got an update. We had a nice chat. I was running me mum around on her weekly shopping trip and it was a nice breather for her, as I always tell her that "if shopping takes longer than 15 minutes you're doing something wrong." She rushed home to put you on her Annunciation church prayer line, so take that, cancer! My thoughts are with you a lot these days, and I'm sending wishes for a peaceful and joyous Christmas with those you love; just the way it should be. I'd sing it to you given the chance. How about getting together for tea when you get out. Just put your purse in a manila file folder and march out of the office like you have a meeting to attend and ... wait, we're not at the Peeg anymore, are we?

Rico (a.k.a. Fred) Ventura <ricoventura@cs.com>
Minneapolis, MN US - Tuesday, December 23, 2003 2:36 PM CST
Dear Sara, Finally a little quiet time to myself... I wanted you to know that in the midst of this hectic season, when I find an unexpected moment of calm, I think of you. I truly believe in our power to heal and to grow strong again, and I send you a heaping portion of my new found energy. It was fun to see Rachel yesterday and to see the girls' latest project! I hope you have a restful night. Love, Susan
Susan Graber
Minneapolis, MN - Monday, December 22, 2003 11:48 PM CST
Hey Sara! sorry i havent written in so long . i hope you are feeling better. i hope to see you soon! bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Monday, December 22, 2003 8:09 PM CST
Sara, I think about you all the time, wishing you strength and courage. Susan reports in to me often ... for which I am grateful. I loved providing meals for your family and hope you understand that I needed to step away from it for a period of time due to Max's situation. When I am out walking Lovey, we often say "hi" to Ian through the fence. I hope Ian has been a source of comfort for your family. Having Lovey now, I can't image life without a dog. Dogs are so wonderful because they are...but also because you can hug them when you're crying or laughing and they don't question, they just keep loving you back. I would love to visit or read to you, whatever ...but understand that your energy needs to be focused and I don't want to interfer with that if having visitors is depleting. I will call you. Sending you my love, Bianca
Bianca Zick <zick.bianca@dorsey.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, December 22, 2003 2:21 PM CST
I just wanted to let you know that Sun Valley, Idaho continues to send healing and strength to you and all your family. We've established a special Sara Johnson prayer chain for you here. I'm glad that the new treatment is an option for you. Bless you and yours during this time and especially during the magic of Christmas.
Love, Diane Shay (Romano)

Diane Shay <dianeshay@earthlink.net>
Sun Valley, ID - Saturday, December 20, 2003 4:20 PM CST
Hey Sara! Last night I went to go see Lord of The Rings and it was really good! i am staying home today because we got back at 11:50. I hope to see you soon! bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Thursday, December 18, 2003 9:12 AM CST
Dear Sara and all, Bob and I are thinking of you so often and have started the Sara Johnson fan club here in Sewanee! Lots of members are keeping you in mind this Christmas season. I'm so glad to know about this method of reaching you. Remember, when your ears are ringing, it's just us. Love and kisses to all four of you, Karen Keele
Karen Keele <kkeele@sewanee.edu>
Sewanee, TN USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2003 8:44 PM CST
Twas The Month After Christmas
Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste.
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt---

I said to myself, as I only can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore---
But isn't that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Author Unknown

I was having a hard time deciding between this one and the one about Santa being a line dancer. But I figure I have seen you eat carrots for lunch and had not seen you line dancing so the choice was finalized.

Enjoy the fruits and merriment of the season.
Best Joy,

Dave Schaenzer <schaedave@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:50 AM CST
As you know from my previous entries, I am a fan of poetry and I thought it was time to add an entry that is seasonally appropriate. So here you go:


I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,

I thought I'd keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head,

Then last night it ran away,
But first - it wet the bed

Shel Silverstein

Keep up those spirits and don't let the pets wet the bed.

I have been thinking of you, you might call it praying, wishing you the best of all that is possible.
Take Care

Dave Schaenzer <schaedave@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:37 AM CST
Dear Sara, Luke, Anna and Rachel,
We have just learned of your illness Sara, and we are so sorry to hear about it.
I have called Molly and will be cooking on Wednesdays.
Check out the menu on line cafebrenda.com and tell me what sounds good, don't forget we have specials!
Celina would very much like to see Anna, so she will be calling.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brenda, tim and Celina

Brenda Langton <brenda@cafebrenda.com>
Mpls./St. Paul, - Tuesday, December 16, 2003 8:51 AM CST
Dear Sara, Luke, Anna and Rachel,
We have just learned of your illness Sara, and we are so sorry to hear about it.
I have called Molly and will be cooking on Wednesdays.
Check out the menu on line cafebrenda.com and tell me what sounds good, don't forget we have specials!
Celina would very much like to see Anna, so she will be calling.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Brenda, tim and Celina

Brenda Langton <brenda@cafebrenda.com>
Mpls./St. Paul, - Monday, December 15, 2003 8:34 PM CST
Hey Sara!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Sorry i haven't written!! I just wanted to say happy birthsay and i hope you had a good one!i cant wait to see you ! bye!!!!!!! love mary
mary goetz <pynkpanther26@aol.com>
- Monday, December 15, 2003 4:49 PM CST

I told my boys yesterday that you were my favorite memory from the PG&E days. Your very dry sense of humor still makes me laugh (remember the "did wash"/"didn't wash" reviews?). I'm still thinking about you every day. Tell Luke we need more regular updates (like, what else does he have to do???). Much love, Harriet

Harriet Stewart <harriet.stewart@stewartdaly.com>
Alameda, CA - Sunday, December 14, 2003 4:01 PM CST
HAPPY BIRTHDAY today SARA!!!!! WE LOVE YOU! We are looking ahead to a year for you of healing, health, love, family and friends. love, susan, ed, hanne, mary, greta and gelsi...
susan reynolds <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Saturday, December 13, 2003 10:08 AM CST
Hi Sara. Just checking in and glad to hear about the trail you are involved with. Things are hectic at the Guthrie. There is a musical rehearsing right below my office so I am hearing a lot of soul music. Luckily the music is fantastic. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Bernadette Christiansen <bernadettec@guthrietheater.org>
Minneapolis, MN - Friday, December 12, 2003 1:04 PM CST

Menasce Isaacs <menasce@libero.it>
Milan, ITALY - Friday, December 12, 2003 8:08 AM CST
Hi Sara-
I hope the new treatment is going well for you. It sounds promising.
I have been busy with my exams. Only one left to go! It has been a stressful couple of weeks- but I just received a QiGong book from my mom to help me with the stress. I think about you a Luke and the girls often and hope to see you again soon.

Kelly O'Brien <kellymc111@hotmail.com>
Portland, OR USA - Thursday, December 11, 2003 5:17 PM CST
Hey Sara! its thursday and that is usually when i have ballet but tongith instead we have confrences and i got a spot so we are going to to it! ( my mom and i)bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Thursday, December 11, 2003 4:16 PM CST
Dear Sara
I have been thinking about you alot. It has been great to see Rachel, we enjoy having her so much, and I am eternally grateful to Luke for jumpstarting me in the SPA parking lot. I know from Luke that you started the new treatment, I pray everyday that it is working. I know that you are tired but with the holidays here Frank and I would love to stop by and visit. We are also planning to do as much yoga as Rachel wants-we all enjoy it. If there is is anything we can do please call. I continue to be amazed at your wonderful friends. It is really a tribute to you.
Enjoy the beautiful snow while it is fresh and clean and you don't have to drive in it.
All our love
Ellen and Frank

Ellen Perl <marketingminds@aol.com>
- Wednesday, December 10, 2003 10:55 PM CST
Hi Sara! Just a note to say "Hello!" I hope today finds you enjoying the sight of the sunshine on the beautiful foot of snow we got yesterday. The earth always looks so pure and clean after a snowstorm. I guess that's one thing that helps us put up with the cold temperatures! We're busily getting ready for Christmas. Tonight Grace & Sage have their Christmas program performance at church. This Sunday Gunnar and I are taking the girls to see "The Wizard of Oz" at the Children's Theater. Sage is quite a Wizard of Oz fan, so we're really looking forward to this. I hope you're finding some peace in this season of Advent. I think of you a lot and am always sending good, healing thoughts your way.
Helen Nelson <hnelson@khblaw.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 2:50 PM CST
Hi Sara - I check in every now and then to see how you're doing and was so happy to see today's update. Sounds like you are doing everything humanly possible to win - science and spirit! We all think of you so often. Merry Christmas and peace be with you and your family this blessed season.

Your friend, Amy

Amy Hoffman <amy.hoffman@medtronic.com>
White Bear Lake, MN USA - Monday, December 8, 2003 3:28 PM CST
HEy Sara! We just got our Christmas tree and we got our wreath! the tree is huge! and it smells really good. I cant wait for tongiht!! yippeeee!! its going to be so much fun!well i cant wait for tonight and i guess i will see you soon! hehe well i have to help with the tree but bye! i cant wait! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Sunday, December 7, 2003 12:19 AM CST
Sara and Luke,

I think of you almost every day and send positive thoughts your way. Wishing Sara strength to carry on with the new treatment. You will get through this!

Ann Nelson <anelson134@comcast.net>
Pleasant Hill, CA - Saturday, December 6, 2003 11:49 PM CST
Hey Sara! I just finished another performance! ( a different one . not the Nutcracker) It was so much fun! i wish you could of been there! bye! love Mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Friday, December 5, 2003 8:46 PM CST
Sara and Luke, I've been thinking of you often and am a regular on this site. The support network is amazing and says so much about you and your wonderful family. You are all in my prayers. Wishing you comfort, positive energy and peace this Christmas season. With love and prayers, Erin
Erin Andre <Erin.Andre@negt.com>
Bethesda, MD USA - Friday, December 5, 2003 10:00 AM CST
Dear Sara and family, I am so sorry to hear about your family going through this trying time, Mary has shared her concern. I came back to surprise Greta for her performance in the play. We were all so disappointed not to see it on Sunday, wish your daughter could have been with us. I have been staying with the children while Mary and Frank were away. I came back to Tucson last evening. My prayers will be with you each day, and I will put you on prayer chain here that I am a part of. Prayers where my strength while Mary's dad was sick. The weather was such a change for me today here, I was glad not to have any ice under foot. The four year old at Mary's house is such a sweetie, but as Mary said, has such a busy mind and wants to be sooo helpful!! One forgets how demanding. Sara if I have meet you I'm unsure, but hang in there and believe your attitude will help you alot. My love and concern, Mary's Mom Edna U.
Edna Underwood (Mary's Mom) <kenunder@worldnet.att.net>
Tucson, AZ USA - Friday, December 5, 2003 0:46 AM CST
Hi Sarah,
I haven't been in touch, forgive me. Frank and I just got back from Connecticut...family stuff, you remember, what else is new?

I can't believe we got snowed out of the performance at FAIR that Anna was going to join us days before Thanksgiving. The show was cute, actually impressive, unfortunetly there was no audience to see it but the kids had fun anyway. I know Greta has been wanting Anna to spend some time with us on the weekends, if ever the time is right, I hope we can make that happen.

Brandon has a good friend that just moved in about a block away from you,over by the tennis courts. I thought next spring I would get the kids signed up for tennis at the park near you that you have always recommended. Maybe Anna and Greta, and Brandon and his friend can connect. And that Lemonade stand that the girls had at Lake Harriet last summer, seems like it will be summmer tradition. They actually made some money as well as had a had a good time.

Sarah, my 4 year old niece from Connecticut has become a permanent fixture at our house....seems as if she is here to stay. She's sweet, but a handful... do you remember how many questions 4 year olds ask every day? Good grief!

Every day, I think of you and pray for you and your family.
I'm glad you are embracing a healer on your journey. More later....God bless.

Love, Mary and the gang

Mary Heller <fgheller@bitstream.net>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, December 4, 2003 11:09 PM CST
Dear Sara, I just signed on to write to you, and there is a message from Amy! It's funny how she can live so far away and yet I feel so close to her! I wanted you to know that I have a very small family for the next 12 days. Jack has just left for Guatamala so that leaves just me and Maddie. I would be happy to do some extra driving, run some errands, or just keep you company. (I have a knitting project to finish, so I welcome any sitting around.) I'll be in touch. Take care. Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber
msp, - Thursday, December 4, 2003 2:58 PM CST
Hi, Sara!
I think about you every day. We are having cold but beautiful snowy days up here in Anchorage. The days are short but the sunrise and sunset (which practically run together) cast a breath-taking alpenglow. It makes me stop for a moment and reflect on the simple but irreplaceable things like the love of family and friends. I know you appreciate those things as well and so many people's lives are enriched by your friendship. I continue to send warm and healing thoughts from this Nordic climate.

Amy Johns
Anchorage, AK - Thursday, December 4, 2003 8:08 AM CST
I wanted to take a minute to tell you that I think of you and your family often and send prayers your way to give you strength through this challenging time. You have a wonderful daughter, Anna, who makes all of my days a little brighter. Thank you for sending such a lovely daughter to my classroom every day.

Robin Polson (Anna's teacher)
Minneapolis, MN US - Wednesday, December 3, 2003 5:15 PM CST
Hey Sara!! Today is wednesday and I finally finished all of my performances ! (not that it is a bad thing because it was really fun!) I was just checkin in on you and the other night when we watched Whale Rider I thought was really fun!! I hoped you rachel and anna all enjoyed the movie because i know I did and greta too! hehe well i have to go but i hope to see you soon!! bye! love Mary
mary goetz < moodus99@aol.com>
- Wednesday, December 3, 2003 2:18 PM CST
Hi Sara You have know idea who Iam, but your husband does. I worked with Luke at AT&T for a short while and his grace and kindness inspires me to write to you. I can't imagine what emotions and thoughts are filling your head and heart, but my prayers are for those in particular. That God's Spirit would fill you up with comfort and grace and joy that your mind would be filled with His light and your concerns would be able to let lose from your heart and that you could trust and rest in all of His promise for you and your family.That He would protect you under the shadow of His wings.
Sincerely, Kathy M

kathy Marquardt <powderpants@yahoo.com>
Saint Paul, MN - Tuesday, December 2, 2003 10:50 PM CST
Hi Sara Ė I was just thinking about you and thought I'd check your website. Itís nice to hear that you are at home with your family. Itís rather quite on the CRM East third floor after the holiday Ė too much turkey and too many other goodies slow us down. Hope your having a good day.
Michele WIden <michele.m.widen@medtronic.com>
Fridley, MN USA - Tuesday, December 2, 2003 10:39 AM CST
Sara, Even though I haven't signed your guestbook before, I want you to know I'm thinking of you and your family everyday, while sending prayers, strength and love your way.
Diane Walters, Anne & Jane Walters-Cooke's mom. <walte041@umn.edu>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, December 1, 2003 1:46 PM CST
Hey Sara! i just got back from another performance! I was just checkin in on you and i just wanted to day that last night was really fun! didnt you think that it was a great movie?! i loved it!! hehe well i have to go !bye! love mary
Mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Sunday, November 30, 2003 5:34 PM CST
Hey Sara! i just got back from another performance! I was just checkin in on you and i just wanted to day that last night was really fun! didnt you think that it was a great movie?! i loved it!! hehe well i have to go !bye! love mary
Mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Sunday, November 30, 2003 5:34 PM CST
Hey Johnson family!

I hope that you are feeling better than I last heard. Just thinkt though, all those bad cells, breaking up turning into mush and leaving your body! That's what causing you to feel so sick! And after this "Funk" as we call it, you will feel better than before it ever started. Then after that, another "funk" may come along, and then you'll be even stronger than the last time.

Anna and Rachel, it was nice to see you Friday. Mary did a really good job! Didn't she?! Hope we can see each other again soon!

Stay strong Sara and keep smiling. On the path that you're on right now, I know that you'll be just fine!

Maddie www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie <madelinepaguyo@yahoo.com>
- Sunday, November 30, 2003 10:50 AM CST
hey sara!
im glad to hear you are doing so well! it sounds like its been a busy week, but you've done so well throughout this whole thing! i hope that i cna see you soon and that you have a really nice holiday season !!
much love

xoxo mayumi <asianchik03@netscape.com>
mpls, mn usa - Saturday, November 29, 2003 1:03 PM CST
Hey Sara!!! I just wanted to say thankyou to Anna and Rachel for coming ! Anna thankyou so much for the rose and the eminems!!! they were tasty!!! Rachel did you see maddie?? she was really good!! Well I have to go and get ready right now for a nother one so i just wanted to say thankyou and sheck in on you Sara!! ok thanks!! bye! love Mary
Mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Saturday, November 29, 2003 12:44 AM CST
Sara, sending a Thanksgiving/Holiday greeting to you and your family. Have a very!! powerful group of women praying for you, and I am sending mine as well. Hope your Thanksgiving brought peace and happiness take care, Lila
lila Mayes <lilamayes@earthlink.net>
Minneapolis, mn usa - Friday, November 28, 2003 3:33 PM CST
Hey Sara! How was Thanksgiving? I know mine was great!!!! Well i am so excited for you guys to come tonight!! bye! love Mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Friday, November 28, 2003 9:58 AM CST
Ciao Bella!....a little energy infusion...
Menasce - Milan nov. 28

Menasce Isaacs <michael_euromar@virgilio.it>
Milan, ITALY - Friday, November 28, 2003 4:40 AM CST
hi Johnson's! Thinking of you today on this Thanksgiving 2003. I'm back in this wonderful city again for a couple of days. Our daughters have short Thanksgiving breaks and this makes the weekend easier for them. Katie and I ran the Thanksgiving Day Run this morning.....what a zoo downtown! It was pretty along the river. I just got back fom Famous Daves doing the dinner prep work and putting the turkey in........mmmmmmmm. I really enjoyed meeting your family last time I was in town. Sending love and lot's of energy.
Anna Marie Bailey (one of Lisa's Kalispell friends)

Anna Marie Bailey <h20baby@bigsky.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Thursday, November 27, 2003 3:47 PM CST
Milano November 27
Sarah, carissima! just got from David your website. I do compliment you and Luke having those two beautyfull RISOTTO GIRLS!...they are so goergeus.
It is obvious that I wish you all the very best in your recovery. Keep strong as your usuall and things will take maybe sometimes, but at the end you will be healthy again.
Hope to see you very soon.
Un abbraccio forte forte ( a big hug )

Menasce Isaacs <michael_euromar@virgilio.it>
Milan, ITALY - Thursday, November 27, 2003 10:50 AM CST

Still keeping track of your news. Still praying hard. Hard to be thankful this Thanksgiving, I'm sure. Here's hoping...

Matt Kane <mgkane@aol.com>
Minneapolis, - Wednesday, November 26, 2003 9:15 PM CST
Hey Sara! Sorry I havent written ! I just got back from a 4 hour rehersal at the state theatre for the Nutcracker!! I heard you guys are coming!!!! Hehe! And if you cant come its okay because we are going to get it on video!( they tape it every time) well anyways i hope i see you soon!!!!! oh yes and i cant believe you are 13 Anna!!!! wow! well happy Thanksgiving!! bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Tuesday, November 25, 2003 7:53 PM CST
Hey Sara, I stopped by to see you but all were gone! I'll try to come by again this week. I hope Luke has gotten that turkey ready! Love, Maureen
Maureen Trepp <maureentrepp@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:33 PM CST
Hi Sara--I've been keeping track of you through many of your "old" PG&E friends. We can't help but laugh when we speak of you and the antics of some of our former coworkers on the compensation staff. I think about you, Luke, and the girls often. Take care, and hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Maureen Tierney (used to be Fricke) <Maureen.Tierney@pge-corp.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:32 PM CST
Just a note to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, Sara, Luke, and the girls.

Storme keeps me informed about your progress as well.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you as you travel this difficult road.

Keep up your faith, Sara; we are all pulling for you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Virginia Hayes <vhayes2003@comcast.net>
Alameda, Ca USA - Tuesday, November 25, 2003 1:41 PM CST
Hello Sara & Luke.

It has been a while since I have check in to say hello, although I think about you guys a lot and youíre always in my prayers. I was looking through the guess book and it never ceases to amaze me how one life can touch so many people and how much love there is in the world. I enjoyed reading the messages from our old colleagues at PG&E and from our new ones at Medtronic. Please remember to be good to yourselves and I am hoping that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Mark K. Richards <mark.richards@medtronic.com>
Sebastopol, CA US - Tuesday, November 25, 2003 11:50 AM CST
Dear Sara, You look great in your new picture! I got a kick out of Rachel's story about Ian's birthday antics. Just remember that however naughty he is, he's not as bad as our "devil dog!" I'm thinking of you this week and hope that all goes well for you. I heard about another cancer survivor mom at school who has beaten the odds. She is involved with a group called Pathways, which is mentioned on the Women's Cancer Resource Center Web site. I have an open schedule this week. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you. Sending love and healing thoughts your way, Susan G.
Susan Graber
Minneapolis, MN - Monday, November 24, 2003 8:01 PM CST
Hi Sara and family:

Just a note to wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Remember that you are all in my prayers.

Greg Goyhenetche <gpg1@pge.com>
San Francisco , CA USA - Monday, November 24, 2003 5:03 PM CST
Hi Sara!

Just wanted to send a quick note to say I'm thinking about you and your family. My prayers are with you...stay strong! Don't worry about Artie, we keep him on a pretty short leash. God Bless.

Kevin Commers <kevin.j.commers@medtronic.com>
- Monday, November 24, 2003 8:26 AM CST
Hi Sara-
I just thought I would check in. I love the new picture- cute hat! I hope you are keeping your spirits high. I have been getting updates from my mom. Take care of yourself!
Love, Kelly
P.S. Only 3 more weeks of school!

Kelly O'Brien <kellymc111@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, November 22, 2003 7:12 PM CST
My dear Sara,
You and your family are in my heart and prayers. Yesterday I talked to Pam Clarke who assured me they would carry Rachel through to graduation.

Leah Rhys <leahrhys@earthlink.net>
Sewanee, TN Franklin - Saturday, November 22, 2003 9:32 AM CST

I wish you the best with your treatments, my prayers are with you. I'll also include a prayer for you Luke and the family.

Mike Tyburski <mtyburski@hr.ucsf.edu>
san francisco, CA - Friday, November 21, 2003 6:37 PM CST
Hey Sara! Sorry I haven't written in a while! i have just been piled with so much right now i dont have any time! i hope (hop) to see you soon! BYe! Love Mary
Mary Goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
- Friday, November 21, 2003 4:08 PM CST
Sara - I am so sorry to hear of your illness. And not surprised by how you and your family are meeting this difficult challenge with courage and optimism. You are all an inspiration. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
The Leary's

Mary Ellen Leary <meleary@themelgroup.com>
Mendota Heights, MN USA - Friday, November 21, 2003 9:15 AM CST
I can't believe it's been almost a week since our shared experience at the Hyatt. What a powerful day of healing that was!! It was so wonderful for me to see you and Maddie standing next to each other... 2 more survivors!
I pray you are feeling well. I will continue to check in for an update.
Julie-Maddie's mom-www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie

PS: It was so nice to meet Amy and Lisa- good friends and family are soooooo important as we wander through the maze to FULL recovery!

Julie Dornisch <juliedornisch@yahoo.com>
Mpls., MN - Friday, November 21, 2003 7:44 AM CST
I visit your caringbridge site often and want you to know that I send positve thoughts your way each day.
- Friday, November 21, 2003 7:34 AM CST
Sara, I know you started your next round of treatment today. I think of you and read your guestbook everyday, sending you positive energy. Today, I especially thought about you and am sending a double dose of positive prayer. Heather
Heather Bantle <hpbantle@earthlink.net>
Chaska, MN 55318 - Wednesday, November 19, 2003 11:14 PM CST

I visit your website frequently and continue to pray for you and send good thoughts your way.

The IR scene at PG&E is very similar to the one you left 10 years ago...lots of familiar names...Perry Zimmerman is the Business Manager, Tom Dalzell is the Sr. Assistant Bus Mgr, and the Asst Business Managers are Manny Mederos, Sam Tamimi, Bob Choate, Dorothy Fortier, Jim McCauley, Howard Stiefer, Roger Stalcup, and Dennis Seyfer. Frank Saxsemeier and Ken Ball handle fact finding. The IR staff has lots of familiar names too...Margaret Short, John Moffat, Frances Wilder-Davis, Kathy Price, George Tressa, Joe DeMartini, Doug Veader, Carol Pound. Doris Spingola will be joining us for our Annual Christmas Lunch in a couple of weeks.

Take care...we're all thinking of you.

Steve Rayburn

Steve Rayburn <sar5@pge.com>
San Francisco, CA - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 6:55 PM CST
~Sara~ and family
I found your stie a few weeks ago through Maddies .
I love the new pic and am keeping you in thoughts and prayers daily!
I wanted to share this beautiful link with you
For Sara and family...A moment of BEAUTY AND SERINITY
With love hugz and many prayers
Maria, Ashlee, Katelynn, and THE Zackman

Katelynns Quest To Find A Cure! <regattacrew68@bellsouth.net>
- Tuesday, November 18, 2003 6:45 PM CST

I'm still thinking about you! I check into your web page every day. I have another friend here going through the same thing. We're going to the ocean this weekend for a break. Wish I could take you!

I'm suddenly reconnecting with all the PG&E folks, it seems. Doing projects for Bobbie Jeffery, having dinner with Gay Westfall, seeing Eileen Foley when I vist her group's office. They are all thinking about you too!

All is well here. Sam is now about 6'3", taller than his brother Ben but as thin as a toothpick. Ben is enjoying UC Santa Cruz. I still feel guilty about your and Rachel's visit here when I didn't feed you!

Harriet Stewart <hastewar@pacbell.net>
Alameda, CA 94501 - Monday, November 17, 2003 6:46 PM CST
Hi Sara,
I'm sending you a new CD. Julie and I heard it in a coffee shop and got a copy too. I hope you enjoy it. Don't worry, it's not some crazy hard rock music :-)

As I said before, this website is great. It's such a great way to get updates and to see just how many people love and care about you. We think of you and your family often.

Please let your Medtronic family know if there is anything we can do for you.

Take care,

Steve Hague <steve.hague@medtronic.com>
Houlton, WI 54082 - Monday, November 17, 2003 8:54 AM CST
Sarah and Luke

Heard about your challenge through one of our former colleagues at PG&E. Over ten years ago a friend of mine in Seattle experienced a very similar challenge, just after his first child was born. Today, he is doing great without a single issue. Ten years from now you will have the same story.

We'll be sending some positive energy your way from Florida. A little sunshine can work magic.

P.S.-Luke, I saw the note from Roger Stalcup. Don't talk to him without me.

Jim Lynde <james_lynde@mindspring.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Sunday, November 16, 2003 7:49 PM CST
Sara, Luke, Rachel and Anna,

Just wanted you to know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. The boys just celebrated their 7th Birthday on November 12th. Do you remember gathering at our house in 1996, when I first brought Alex & Anders from the hospital. Stefan stayed another week but they were all home when they reached five lbs. WOW !!!Now they are all big first graders.

We will be celebrating with a BIRTHDAY BOWLING PARTY with some of their friends from school. We have bowled a couple of times before and it really is more like pool and bowling with the bumpers in the alley to protect from the "gutter ball".

Eric and I would love to visit briefly perhaps before you start your new round of intensive chemo. We will call of course ahead of time to see if it is possible.

Please know that we think of you all often and you are in our bedtime prayers.

With love and respect,

Andrea, Eric, Alex, Anders and Stefan

Andrea Nelson <andrea333@mn.rr.com>
Minneapolis, MN - Sunday, November 16, 2003 12:10 AM CST
Hi Sara! Sorry i haven't written in so long! i have had sos much going on like all the rehersals for the nutcracker! well i am much better now and i hope to see you guys soon! hehei hope to see you guys soon !bye! Love Mary
Mary Goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
- Sunday, November 16, 2003 9:35 AM CST
Hi Sara, Luke, Rachel and Anna: I just heard the news from a couple of ex-PG&Eers and read Luke's update. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With all the support seen on this board, I know you are well taken care of!! Stay smiling!
Greg Rogers <grogers@astound.net>
Concord, CA USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 5:56 PM CST
Sara, Luke, Rachel, Anna,
What a fantastic way to keep in touch and up-to-date. The information and pictures are ma-a-hvelous (You're such a good looking group)and Sara, the pixie has always been you! I like today's new picture: I can just imagine you now while you're picking the hat of the day with a few giggles and smurks with the girls. Hi Lisa; How nice that you can be here some more. Please don't hesitate to call and let me know what I can do: clean, read, drive, laundry- I'm not that far away! I love you guys and am thinking of you often. You're in my prayers and those of my church. We pray for your knowledge, strenghth, hope, and healing.
Love, Peg, and Steffenie (She's ready for time out from homework,too. Maybe the girls could break together). 763-427-7337.

Peggy Steffen <slomzon4th@comcast.net>
Anoka, MN - Friday, November 14, 2003 5:28 PM CST
Sara, I have not had an opportunity to meet you. However, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jenni <jennifer_sylte@cable.comcast.com>
Saint Paul, MN USA - Friday, November 14, 2003 4:07 PM CST
Sara and family:
Just wanted to let you know that more people from Stillwater's Ascension Episcopal Church are sending you prayers and good energy.

Karen Monsen <mons0122@tc.umn.edu>
Stillwater, MN U.S.A. - Thursday, November 13, 2003 8:12 PM CST

You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Let Luke know that if we can be of any help to give us a call (763-420-9007). We hope that we can see you soon.


Tim, Janni, Billy and Allison Wandke

Tim, Janni, Billy and Allison Wandke <Tim12345@comcast.net>
Maple Grove, MN - Thursday, November 13, 2003 2:13 PM CST
Hello Sara:
One of the best things about this terrific website is that it makes it easier to focus on what a wonderful person you are, rather than the horribly unfair cards you have been dealt. There are a lot of great people in this world, but few who can truly inspire others - as you have long before August, and will continue to. Keep on inspiring.
John Malone

John Malone <john@malatch.com>
Wayzata, MN United States - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 8:01 PM CST
Dear Sara, I am heading off to Tai Chi tonight and will dedicate my class to you! My Chinese doctor thinks that meditation and deep breathing should be good for me, so maybe we can try it together. I'll talk to you soon to see if you feel like an outing...to the WCRC or to a matinee. Lately I haven't felt as conspicuous wearing hats, because everybody is! I get bold and take mine off sometimes and I heard you do, too. Did I tell you that I saw a number of women in Chicago with very little (almost no) hair, who looked very chic. So we are right in style. Take care, Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber
msp, MN - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 6:24 PM CST
I am so glad to hear that you are well enough to go to teacher conferences this week (Rachel told Bre). I admire your strength and courage. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily.

Michelle Z.
Mendota Heights, MN - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 5:35 PM CST
Dear Sara,
May God surround you with love,peace and healing. I am praying for you.
Aunt Marilyn

Marilyn Wandke <slomzon4th@comcast.net>
Shoreview , MN 55126 - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 1:40 PM CST
I talked to Amy recently and recieved your web site. I love the pictures. I was happy to hear you had a trip to your place up north and a visit from Robby and Kelly. You and your family are in our thoughs and prayers.

Laurie Slomkowski <slomzon4th@comcast.net>
White Bear Lake, MN 55110 - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 1:35 PM CST
Hello Sara,
This web page is a great connection to you and your progress. Everyone here that has been touched by your smile is praying for you and your family.
By now I am sure you know the Quality Systems group has a new Director, Terri Wolford. I was so so pleased she accepted the position. Like you, she has great determination and will.
By the way, I love your pixie cut!
Michele Widen

Michele Widen <michele.m.widen@medtronic.com>
Coon Rapids, Mn USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 12:12 AM CST
Hi Sara, we heard from Dan over the weekend and were stunned with the news. You are in our thoughts and we are praying for you. Jon and Pam
Jon Fay <muse56@charter.net>
Reno, NV USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 10:48 AM CST
Sara, Dan called on Saturday with your news--it hit hard. The web site is great, showing you have a wonderful support group of family and friends. Count on me as another prayer-sender. Wendie
Wendie (Fay) Nelson <gwnelson@charter.net>
Willmar, MN USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 8:44 AM CST
Hello Sara,
I just learned about your situation from Amy and Mark. You now have a whole new group of people praying for you. I called Dad , Wendie and Jon as well as my daughters and their families. We will be sure they know about your web page as well.

It is too bad that we lost touch over the years. We just kept moving around and getting back to MN just was not to be. You certainly have a good looking family.

We will keep an eye on your web page and will be praying for you and your family.

Love, Dan and Nancy Fay

Dan & Nancy Fay <nancyfay33069 @cs.com>
Pompano Beach, FL USA - Monday, November 10, 2003 7:45 PM CST
dear sara, lisa lou asked for some movie suggestions. i've compiled a short list of some of my favorites. some are old...others newer. you'll probably not like all of them but some will hopefully enrich your life like they have mine. starting with comedies...here are the must sees; BEST OF SHOW,A FISH CALLED WANDA , THE BIG LEBOWSKI, WAKING NED DEVINE , COOL RUNNING,
i'm not much for the action adventure genre, but here are a couple must sees; THE MASK OF ZORRO , THE COUNT OF
and finally, for the wonderful, sensitive, heartwarming, make you cry in your beer "chick flicks", here are some movies i dearly love; THE MAJESTIC , A BEAUTIFUL MIND,
hope you find something in there you like. let me know. love, curt

curt shugart <shugfart@hotmail.com>
kalispell, mt usa - Monday, November 10, 2003 3:31 PM CST
Hey Sara! Its me Mary! (Arymary) I have bronkitus or however you spell it! hehe well i have to go but i hoope to get well so i can see you soon! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Sunday, November 9, 2003 5:32 PM CST
Dearest funny Sara,
I've wondered about you over the last 30 years or so and just got an email from Lila who told be about this journey you're on. Wow - my prayers have taken on a whole new meaning. I'm in Sun Valley, Idaho and have Jillian (7) and Ellie (9) and John (he prefers to remain ageless). The last marathon I trained for and ran was for my best friend here who has osteoarthritis. Shortly after finishing the Twin Cities Marathon I had surgery on both feet to correct some problems I was having with my running. As I begin getting ready for another marathon, you and Patty Finnerty will be the focus in my heart and the courage in my footsteps. I send my love and strength to you and your family.
Diane Shay (Romano)

Diane Shay <dianeshay@earthlink.net>
Bellevue, ID USA - Sunday, November 9, 2003 4:19 PM CST
Sara, my thoughts and prayers are going out to you. I will remember you with all the positive thoughts I can generate on Nov. 19th. This is a great day in my heart It is Carissa's birhtday, so only good can happen on the this day. I will you pray that God holds you in his arms that day, and for many days to come. Miracles happen every day we wake and start a new day. Let me know if you need any help with anything!! With all my friendship, Lila Mayes
Lila Mayes <lilamayes@earthlink.net>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Sunday, November 9, 2003 11:17 AM CST
Since there is no update and I haven't seen your name on our caller ID, I will guess that you have all of your Protocel questions answered and there is just not much to update...
You remain on our thoughts and prayers...

Sara <sdornisch@medtox.com>
Mpls, MN - Sunday, November 9, 2003 10:30 AM CST
I want to thank you for the support you gave me as I was thining about moving into Quality. Now, since I have made the leap I am anxiously awaiting your return. WE have a lot of work to do. So, I have high expectations of your determination and positive thinking. I am right there with you and pray for you and your family every day.

Terri Wolford <wolfot1@comcast.net>
- Saturday, November 8, 2003 5:15 PM CST
Hey Sara! sorry i haven't written in a while ! i have just been piled with homework and other stuff too! I have a cough and it is really bad! well i have to go but i hope that i get well soon because i want to get together! hehe ok bye! love mary
mary goetz <moodus99@aol.com>
- Saturday, November 8, 2003 10:27 AM CST
Dear Sara, I want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this tough time for you and your family. Memories of college came flooding back when Diane told me about your illness. As my boys prepare for college over the next couple years I hope they can develope wonderful memories as I have. Remember dressing in potato sacks for the St. Patrick's Day parade! That's just one memory I will have always. Europe wasn't bad either. New Year's Eve in Paris, wonder want the police officer thought of us. Wishing you strength, love, and many prayers during your journey. Love, Mary Margaret and Tom
Mary Margaret Deeney <tdeeney@earthlink.net>
Minnetonka, MN USA - Saturday, November 8, 2003 4:18 AM CST
Sara: I think of you, Luke, Rachael and Anna everyday. You are the sole occupant of my recent prayers. I'm so glad that you are wrapped with so much love because you deserve every bit of it. The family is getting together for Marge's birthday on Sunday and I know you will be talked about lovingly. Everyone one of us will be sending our love to you (around 5:00 on Sunday)! That is a pretty hefty group all at once!! Fight on!! Heather
Heather Bantle <hpbantle@earthlink.net>
Chaska, MN USA - Friday, November 7, 2003 5:46 PM CST
Dear Sara, I think of you every morning when I make my Latte. Remember,you gave me my coffee measurer with a sterling silver handle and the espresso "pitchers" (or whatever they are called) for my 40th birthday. We continue to pray for you and your family every week at Bible Study. As promised, I got the Sisters of St. Joseph praying for you too. Diane P., a great friend from church and a two time cancer survivor, has a gift for you that she found very helpful during her several stints with chemo. I am going to take a chance and run it over today. If you are not home, or not up to a visit, I will just leave it for you. I know you have so many people who love and care for you that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Please know that I am one of those many who love you dearly. Love and prayers, Diane
Diane Malone <d.malone@mchsi.com>
WAYZATA, MN USA - Friday, November 7, 2003 8:43 AM CST

I learned of your news from Fred Miller a few weeks back. This outpouring of support for you is tremendous! I know we've not connected in person for several years (since our days in the Bay area) but I nonetheless have felt somewhat connected thru the updates we get from Fred and Mary. I was so saddened to hear -- but am inspired to see the outpouring of love and support coming your way from all over the world! -- and from many names I recognize. All the best to you Luke and your family as you continue the journey. You have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Kevin Corrigan <kevinc@prestongates.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, November 6, 2003 2:28 PM CST
Hi, Sara! Just a quick note to tell you I'm thinking of you today. I'm kind of hankering for a tofu spring roll from the Lotus. Maybe I'll pick some up one day next week and bring them over for lunch. Sending warm, healing wishes, Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber
Minneapolis, - Wednesday, November 5, 2003 6:48 PM CST
Hey Sara ! I just got home from school! i have to go to guitar soon but i have to go now because i have to practice! ( we were supposed to know jingle bells but in the book it doesn't make any sense!) well i have to go but I hope to see you sonn! Love Mary
Mary G. <Twelveslim@aol.com>
- Tuesday, November 4, 2003 4:09 PM CST

Please call when I can visit! My cell phone number is the surest way to reach me @ 612-418-5999. Even if you just need me to pep up the support team, these massage chairs travel well. You sounded GREAT on the phone the other day but I know it's not easy. Hope to see you soon. You're in my thoughts every day.

Much Love,

Heather M. Strong <hermajestysship@hotmail.com>
Minneapolis, Mn USA - Tuesday, November 4, 2003 3:05 PM CST
Hi Sara,
Just want to send you a note of care, love and prayers from Christopher and myself. I am thinking and praying for you often. We miss you at church. This past Sunday I was thinking of the giggles that tend to errupt between you and the girls while they are serving with Christopher. It was Rachel and Christopher then. I know what a tickle it gives you. I wish you all the strengh in the world and that God can provide to help you thru this challenge. Please call on me if there is something I can help with. Love JoAnn W. St. James Church

JoAnn Walker
Minneapolis, mn us - Tuesday, November 4, 2003 2:13 PM CST
Hi, Sara. I found out about your page through Lynn at Legacy of Hope. I want to wish you God's blessings as you travel down the road to recovery.



Alice Manfredini <BoRhap77@aol.com>
Buffalo Grove, IL USA - Monday, November 3, 2003 3:49 PM CST
Greetings Sara,

Just got an update and wanted to let you know that we are still praying for you and think of you often. Stay encouraged.

Phoebe Swan <phoebe.swan@medtronic.com>
Tempe, AZ - Monday, November 3, 2003 12:19 AM CST
Hi Sara,
You have been in my daily thoughts and prayers. I sent you a card awhile back and mentioned that I went in for a biopsy of a tumor on my pancreas (which turned out benign - thank God)!! But now I go in this Friday for a biopsy of clusters of cysts on my pancreas. If benign then the Dr. wants to do surgery to remove the tumor, cysts and 3/4 of the pancreas for the tumor is a pre-cancerous tumor. I can imagine the emotional rollercoaster you've been going through for I have also been struggling with what is going to happen in the future. All we can do is trust that God will see us through all of this. It is wonderful to see your strong family and friends network of support. Please keep me in your prayers also. My favorite verse "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". God is with you throughout all of this - draw upon His Strength.

Debbie K. - Medtronic
- Monday, November 3, 2003 12:09 AM CST
Just read the update...your continued strength and optimism is amazing! I know your family and you have many challenges, but I know that your personal strength, and the prayers of the rest of us will ultimately win out. Have a great week. You are in my prayers.
Bob Enderle <bob.enderle@medtronic.com>
Tempe, AZ USA - Monday, November 3, 2003 11:57 AM CST
Hi Sara,
You don't know me, I work at MMC in Tempe, Arizona - I'm a tech recruiter in the HR department and Artie Miller keep us informed of your progress.

You and your family are in my prayers and I truly hope and pray that you will have a full recovery.

Warmest regards,

Yvonne Schuelke <yvonne.schuelke@medtronic.com>
Tempe, AZ USA - Monday, November 3, 2003 11:37 AM CST
Hey Sara! I am sick today so i am staying home from school! yipeee! haha well i have to go but i hope that you are doing well! bye ! love mary goetz
mary goetz <twelveslim@aol.com>
- Monday, November 3, 2003 9:43 AM CST
Hey Sara! I am sick today so i am staying home from school! yipeee! haha well i have to go but i hope that you are doing well! bye ! love mary goetz
mary goetz <twelveslim@aol.com>
- Monday, November 3, 2003 9:43 AM CST
Hey Sara-
I hope that this week finds things slowing down a little bit for you. All that information to digest, and all those tests and doctors. I hope that you can get some rest and letthings settle in and make your decisions in peace and the comfort of your home.
We are all so glad that you started PROTOCEL...you have a week under your belt and sounds like it may be starting to work...
We are thinking of you all of the time!!!!

Sara <sdornisch@medtox.com>
Mpls, MN - Monday, November 3, 2003 8:09 AM CST
Hi from Amy Johns (Susan Graber's sister) in Anchorage!
Susan has been keeping me updated on your ordeal but I was glad to learn about your web site. I have always felt a special connection to you for several reasons: 1) You are a dear friend to my sister (who is my "sole sister"). And anyone of whom she thinks so highly must be golden.; 2) We share common family names--my son Luke, daughter Ana, and I think you have an Amy in there someplace, too; 3) I met you at the Bush-Gore election party at Susan's house and was struck by your warmth and energy.
What a year it has been for you and Susan. I know you draw strength from each other. Please know that there are positive thoughts coming your way from Alaska.
Love, Amy and family

Amy Johns
Anchorage, AK 99508 - Monday, November 3, 2003 4:15 AM CST
Hey Sara! I was glad to see you on Halloween! Anna! I loved your costume!Sara you looked really good and the candy you guys gave was yummy! Hehe well I hope you had a good Halloween! Bye! Love Mary
Mary Goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
- Saturday, November 1, 2003 5:44 PM CST
What a week!!!
A lot of information to process. I'm so glad you have so much support to help you with that.
You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Julie- Maddie's mom

Julie Dornisch <juliedornisch@yahoo.com>
Mpls., MN - Saturday, November 1, 2003 8:47 AM CST
Sara, You as well as your family are in my thoughts and prayers daily. KLM
- Saturday, November 1, 2003 7:14 AM CST
Hey guys - I just saw Anna the Tornado at our door!! What a fantastic costume you made her...Sara, Luke, Chris and Lisa!! She looked terrific and it was amazing to see her with all of these girls from so many years ago..so grown up now! I'm thinking of you tonight Sara, and loving you so very much...Susan
susan reynolds <selizreynolds@aol.com>
- Friday, October 31, 2003 9:30 PM CST
Hi, Sara, Just wanted you to know I've been thinking of you all through the week. I look forward to seeing you (maybe after Lisa and my Aunt Sydney leave) and to sharing with you some personal stories of hope in my own life. I've been answering the door for treat or treaters all evening and had >40 kids. I hope I get a chance to see Rachel as Pippi Longstocking! Have a restful weekend, Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber
msp, - Friday, October 31, 2003 9:04 PM CST
Dear Sara and Luke: I just talked with Erin Andre and heard about Sara's cancer. My prayers and heart are with you and the girls. What a beautiful family you have.Although it has been 10 plus years since we have seen each other I remember you both, together and strong with smiles on your faces.
Randee Novick MacDonald <randee@randeemacdonald.com>
Mill Valley, CA US - Thursday, October 30, 2003 3:32 PM CST
Hey Sara! I am just doing a BIG book project and I decided to stop in and say hi! Well I have to get to work but I hope to see you soon! Bye! Love Mary
Mary Goetz <Twelveslim@aol.com>
- Wednesday, October 29, 2003 9:06 PM CST
Hi Sarah -

Just wanted you to know that Gunnar and I and the girls love you very much! We've been seending good thoughts your way this autumn - hope you can feel them! Grace & Sage had a Halloween party last summer, and it was a great success. We played typical party games like Pass the Pumpkin (a variation of Hot Potato) and consumed jello jigglers and swamp punch (complete with gummi worms!). Now for the big night this Friday with trick or treat! I always like it because I get to weed out the candy with nuts that they girls won't eat! Mmmm - Snickers! :-)

Gunnar and I are really eager to see you and Luke. We'll call and figure out a time that works for you. In the meantime, take care and keep positive. And know that there are so many of us out here who love you very much!

Helen <freebirdhg2002@yahoo.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 11:07 AM CST
dear sara, we're glad your goofy sister is there with you. we love her dearly but we're busy being "mice at play, while the cat's away". we have elaborate lunches purchased with her watch battery money, and we do very little work. please keep her as long as you want. love curt
curt shugart <shugfart@hotmail.com>
kalipsell, mt. usa - Tuesday, October 28, 2003 2:24 PM CST
Hi Sara,
I was just looking at the photos from Maddie's Protocel party, and the one of the two of you is adorable!!
I'm anxious to hear how everything is going, so please give me a call when you can!!
Glad to hear that you are getting helpful info from Tony Bell. Hopefully you've had a chance to speak with Elonna, too, as she is so helpful.
Call anytime, always glad to hear from you!
You are in our thoughts and prayers daily,
Julie-Maddie's mom www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie

Julie Dornisch <juliedornisch@yahoo.com>
Mpls., MN - Tuesday, October 28, 2003 1:29 PM CST
Hi Sara,
I just heard about your illness from Jerry. Please know that you, Luke and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the trip to Mayo will help with your treatment plan. What a wonderful network of support network you have. It is a tribute to the people you have touched. Keep up the fight. Luke if there is anything I can do to help, please call.

Steve Dahlin

Steve Dahlin <sdahlin@mn.rr.com>
Carver, MN USA - Tuesday, October 28, 2003 9:01 AM CST
Hey Sara! Sorry I ahven't written in so long! I am just loaded with homework! Well I gotta go do some right now and then practice guitar and saxophone so bye! love mary
mary goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
- Monday, October 27, 2003 5:24 PM CST
Sara - I wanted you to know that you, Luke, and the girls are in my prayers. Hang in there and fight the fight! Much love, Charlotte
Charlotte Harper
Oakland, CA USA - Monday, October 27, 2003 4:26 PM CST

I just had lunch with Jackie Hill and she said she had spoken to you. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. As your energy allows think about coming to see something at the Guthrie. Maybe an outing for you and Luke and the girls. Call me - even on short notice - and I'll arrange tickets for you.

Bernie Christiansen <bernadettec@guthrietheater.org>
- Monday, October 27, 2003 1:31 PM CST
HI Sara,
I've been over at Maddie's place where she has been sharing about you and I wanted to come over and visit. I've read all of your journal archives - may God bless you and help you in your journey to recover. I have many caringbridge friends who are doing very well on the Protocel - I pray you will have the same wonderful results!
I'll be checking by here regularly to see and rejoice with you in that progress!

Take care!
A LEGACY OF HOPE! Cancer Support & Encouragement

Lynn <lynn@legacyofhope.org>
Panama City, FL USA - Sunday, October 26, 2003 11:27 PM CST
Hi, Sara, I was happy to see Susan R. at the grocery store today. She said that you are spending the weekend with your sisters. I know how special that is! Sometimes I think the best thing I've done for my girls is to give them sisters. We've been thinking of the rest of you in NYC and look forward to hearing all about it from Rachel. I will drive both ways this week as I know how busy your schedule will be. Talk to you soon. Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber <sukisu@mymailstation.com>
Minneapolis, - Sunday, October 26, 2003 7:31 PM CST
Hi. I have been thinking about you and your family alot! Last time I saw you was this summer when I bumped into you, after a long day at work and you were so unselfishly picking up dinner for an ill friend. I know all the kindness to others will find its way back to you while you are having your treatments. Please call us for any driving, or whatever we can help with... Toni

Toni McCall <tonimccall@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, October 26, 2003 9:54 AM CST
You could never become a "pest" hee hee. This is a journey that no one should have to walk alone. I know that Julie and Maddie and everyone at our house have been hoping that you would make this decision and are more than willing to help where possible.
This is a big week for you. We will be praying for the scans and the visit to Mayo to go as smoothly as possible.

Mpls, Mn - Sunday, October 26, 2003 9:33 AM CST

Yeah! I just read the good news on Maddie's site about you officially joining the "family". Very glad to hear it! You know that I fully credit my boy being alive with us today to The Good Lord and Protocel! I am praying for your recovery.

With Love,
Susan and Big Jake

., - Sunday, October 26, 2003 7:48 AM CST
Sara: I just found out from Jane T. that you had a website. How wonderful! I'm so glad that I can share with you that Paul and I have been thinking about you, Luke and the girls often. It looks like you are surrounded with friends, prayer and hope. Well, add us to the list! You have been in my prayers often and will continue to be. It looks like you were at the lake over MEA. I'm sorry we didn't check to see if you were there, because we were up also. It would have been great to see you. What beautiful weather. Paul is busy hunting every weekend now. Michael will soon turn 21 (if you can believe that!!) and asking how to enroll at Normandale!! Yea!! Peter continues to work hard in 8th grade. We welcomed an English Setter puppy into our home in August. Our life now revolves basically around "Ben" now. He is darn cute though. I hope you get good advice and news during your journey to Mayo and back. Take care and we will keep in contact. Heather
Heather Bantle <hpbantle@earthlink.net>
Chaska, MN USA - Sunday, October 26, 2003 1:23 AM CST

I just found out about your struggle. I want you to know that I won't stop thinking about you. Add one more person to the list of those that are sending good, positive thoughts your way--constantly. Rick and the boys send their best. I'll keep checking in to see how you're doing. I wish I could be there to make you some good food. Sounds like your friends are taking care of that, though. Much love, Harriet.

Harriet Stewart <hastewar@pacbell.net>
Alameda, CA USA - Saturday, October 25, 2003 12:29 AM CDT
Hi Sara! I was so glad to hear the news about Protocel! It was so gret to see you and I hope to see you again soon! ANytime you'd like to talk, give me a call 8237933! Thanks! Hope today brings lots of smiles and giggles!
Maddie www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie <madelinepaguyo@yahoo.com>
- Friday, October 24, 2003 5:55 PM CDT
Dear Sara,
I miss you so much here at work! We always found something to "giggle" about each day! I look forward to hearing the results of your opinions from Mayo and the U. We have been very pleased with the care my husband receives at the U. Stay strong, Sara, and God bless you, Luke, and the girls. Love,

Barb Bates <barbara.bates@medtronic.com>
- Friday, October 24, 2003 3:45 PM CDT
Sara and Luke,

I was saddened to hear of your ordeal and wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. It's great to see that you're surrounded by so many loving and caring people. Keep up the fight!

Brett Knight <bdk1@pge.com>
San Francisco, CA - Friday, October 24, 2003 10:03 AM CDT
Hey Sara! I hope you are feeling better but I missed my bus! We were chasing it, driving around to all the stops! but it was long gone! Well i am gonna come over in a couple of minutes and get Ian and bring him back here!Ok bye! Love Mary
Mary Goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
- Friday, October 24, 2003 8:16 AM CDT
Sara and Luke and Rachel and Anna,

This is Andrea (Eric's wife and mom to Alex, Anders and Stefan). We had sent cards and made a few calls but I just learned of the caring bridge website and am thrilled to be able to be in touch.

I just got off the phone with Rachel (what a wonderful young woman with so much poise). We had a warm chat. I told her that our family has been holding you in our thoughts and prayers this autumn. I shared with Rachel that my father had lung cancer when I was a teenager.
I want to say so much but told her that I would love the girls to get together with my boys and just have some fun. I will try to schedule that when they arrive home from NYC.

Also wanted to share a poem that Alex came home with from school this week. (The boys are now in FIRST GRADE and are learning to read. . .so the other night Alex read me the following poem that he tried to print with such care. . .


Autumn morning. All is still
Til the winds sweep down the hill.
Leaves pile up against the shed
Yellow, orange, gold and red.

See them sparkle in the sun.
Jump right in. It's lots of fun.

Thought it captured a present moment in autumn. We wish you many of these Sara.

With much love, light and respect,

Andrea and the boys (Eric, Alex, Anders and Stefan) Nelson

Andrea Nelson <anelson@mhif.org>
Minneapolis , MN USA - Thursday, October 23, 2003 8:03 PM CDT
Hey Sara! Sorry I haven't wrirren in a while. I have been piled with homeworl! I hope you are having fun up at your cabin! Well I have gotta go do some homework ! bye! love mary
Mary Goetz <Twelve Slim@aol.com>
- Tuesday, October 21, 2003 7:25 PM CDT
Dear Sara, I was glad to hear you got away a bit on the weekend. Madeline and I had a short but nice trip to my Dad and Carla's in Columbia, MO. (Maddie even allowed a book on tape, which is rarely tolerated!) We listened to an Agatha Christie that I got from the library. I'd be happy to pick up some for you, or I'll bring you my Huckleberry Finn. I think of you every day, and send you warm, healing wishes. Better days are ahead! Many thanks to Luke for driving these days!! I should be back at it tomorrow. Take care, Love, Susan G.
Susan Graber <sukisu@mymailstation.com>
MSP, - Tuesday, October 21, 2003 11:15 AM CDT
Hi, Sara! Well, Nick's and my wedding is just days away now. While I wish with all my heart that you could be here to celebrate with us, I fully understand your choice to stay home. I know that when I've been under the weather, the hustle and bustle of the city isn't quite so charming! :)

I am so glad that Luke, Rachel and Anna will be here and I'm sure they will relay every last detail to you when they arrive home again. You will be in all of our hearts and minds that day, as you are every day, and it's important for me to tell you that this wedding is not only a celebration of the love Nick and I have for each other, but very much a celebration of your family. The thought of getting married really didn't occur to me until I had the opportunity to spend time with Nick and your family last summer. Afterwards, I decided I wanted for Nick and I to be married so that we could be family in the truest sense--that I could become a member of your family. So it's very much with you, Luke and the girls as inspiration that I become Phoebe Johnson this weekend. :)

Phoebe <pm2117@columbia.edu>
New York, NY - Tuesday, October 21, 2003 10:30 AM CDT

I am so jealous to read that you also got to attend Maddie's celebration on Thursday! What was I the only one in the country not invited or something?! Just kidding...I tried find a way to go but the airline tickets were just too expensive. Maybe when she has been on it 38,000 days or something. I hope you have a wonderful time at the cabin. Please know that you are now being prayed for by me and my sweet boy.

With Love,
Susan and Big Jake

., . - Monday, October 20, 2003 10:37 PM CDT
Hey sara!
it was nice to finally meet you at maddies party! You looked really great even thought you didnt have a great day! Even though those may seem hard...i know it will keep getting better and better! i hope taht i can see u again sometime soon!
love always

oxox mayumi <asianchik03@netscape.co,>
- Monday, October 20, 2003 7:51 PM CDT
Hi Sara,
Just a note to say that you, Luke, and the girls are always in our thoughts. It's great to hear the treatments are having the impact they are. Of course determination and faith are equally important, and you don't lack either of those. Tell Luke I miss talking history and remodeling with him at work.
Keep Fighting!

- Monday, October 20, 2003 3:16 PM CDT
Hi Sara. Just checked your site for an update. You probably couldn't have picked a better weekend for an "up North" adventure! Gorgeous autum weather! I hope it was peaceful and restful. This is such a wonderful time of year. Hang in there with all of your treatments. God Bless! Your friend, Amy
Amy Hoffman <amy.hoffman@medtronic.com>
White Bear Lake, MN USA - Monday, October 20, 2003 1:51 PM CDT
Hi Sara,

I got an e-mail update note today so I thought I would drop a note and say Hi. Sounds like you are every bit as tough as I thought you would be. Keep fighting the fight! I hope to see you soon.

Pete Dwyer
Medtronic, - Monday, October 20, 2003 12:44 AM CDT
Sara, I just wanted to send you a note to let you know I've been thinking of you and sending warm wishes your way. I returned to work last week after my maternity leave and I miss seeing your happy self in the office. I wish you gobs and gobs of strength for your upcoming treatments!
Naomi Hagen <naomi.r.hagen@medtronic.com>
White Bear Lake, MN USA - Monday, October 20, 2003 12:06 AM CDT
I'm glad to hear you had the chance to get away with your family "up north"! I hope you had a great time and a nice break from the treatments! I'm sorry I have not written a note on your WEB site before today, but I was inspired when I saw the update about your weekend away with your family....that was something I specifically prayed about last week! So, I'm taking credit for that one (OK, I guess I had some help since it WAS a prayer!). You're in my thoughts and prayers every time I walk past the HR area at work. You are missed here, hurry back! BTW: Joshua is crawling now, you're going to be amazed by how much he has grown since you last saw him!
Your friend,

Paul Thompson <paul.thompson@medtronic.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, October 20, 2003 11:37 AM CDT
Dear Sara,
My kids think you are somehing special. So do I. I am sure you are enjoying their company this weekend. Have fun!
Love, Lisa

Lisa Poler <wheelerjewelry@centurytel.net>
Kalispell, Mt USA - Monday, October 20, 2003 9:55 AM CDT
Thanks so much for stopping by Thursday. It meant a lot to me. You looked great, even though you weren't feeling 100%, and the hat perfected your smiling self. It was great to see you, Anna! I can tell we're going to have no problem getting along. I hope your weekend at the cabin was fun-filled. I'm sure it was a nice change of tempo for you all!

Thanks again for coming Sara and Anna. Whenever you'd like to talk, just tell me! There is so much good that is ocming out of this, you just wait and see!

Maddie www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie <madelinepaguyo@yahoo.com>
- Sunday, October 19, 2003 6:05 PM CDT
Dear Sara,
I'm not sure our paths crossed much---I worked for PG&E for many years (not all consecutive) between 1984 and 1998, most recently in the corp. comp. dept. Barbara Jereb sent me the notice of your web page. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have a dear friend in CA battling leukemia and a colleague here in Denver actively treating breast cancer. So, I know that you're struggling. But, blessed be positive-thinking friends, families, and holdovers from past lives who are keeping you in their thoughts and wishing you well.

Pam Herrlein <pherrlein@yahoo.com>
Denver , CO USA - Saturday, October 18, 2003 4:48 PM CDT
I hope this email finds you feeling well and with many reasons to smile. I have been keeping up with your journey through my Mom and she suggested I log-on to this site. It is so wonderful to see technology put to such a human use. Your many friends and relatives have left you such supportive and loving messages. I only want to add that you are in my thoughts and, also, that I wish I were there to help out in any way possible. You and Luke have been so kind to me during my various visits to Minneapolis that I think of you both as friends. I also like to think of you smiling that beautiful and friendly smile I've seen so many times. Your family and friends seem to be giving you lots of reasons to keep smiling and in that way you are a very lucky woman.
Take good care.
Your friend, Jeff Goetz

Jeffrey Goetz
Charleston, SC - Saturday, October 18, 2003 2:13 PM CDT
It was so wonderful to see you at Maddie's party Thursday evening!! I know you weren't feeling that well, making your appearance even more special- if that is possible. I was also very happy to see Anna fit right in with the chaos, seeming to really enjoy herself. It is amazing that what has brought our families together is now providing us with so much to celebrate.
I hope the weekend is full of happy, peaceful moments shared between you all.
You all remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Julie Dornisch
Mpls., Mn - Saturday, October 18, 2003 8:43 AM CDT
Sara! Whew! This is the first day that I haven't at least TALKED to you!! You are up at the lake with your family...and by about 7 tonight I started itching to know how you are!!! I did talk to Luke this morning while you were napping and was relieved to hear that the fogginess you were feeling in your other eye was nothing new to the doctor at your appt. this am. I wonder what it is like for you to be up at the cabin again. I hope it can be a place of respite and healing for you eventually.

It was SO wonderful to see you briefly at Maddie's 100th day on Protocel party last night. It is amazing for me to see you two together...so much precious energy all in the same room. I was glad that Anna had fun and I know she was invited to join the girls at the next hotel overnight party. Well...hoping you are feeling better today than yesterday..and that you are enjoying yourself tonight. Love you. susan

susan reynolds
- Friday, October 17, 2003 9:02 PM CDT
hi sara! i just wanted to take a minute to say that i think about you every day. i feel so lucky to have you in my life and in my family, and though i'll miss you at my wedding next week, i know you'll be there in spirit. you are a big part of my family and therefore a big part of our decision to be married. phoebe and i look forward to many visits and fun times with you far into the future. i love you!
Nick Johnson <nick.johnson@mac.com>
New York, NY 10003 - Friday, October 17, 2003 8:18 PM CDT
Hi Sara!
It was great to meet you last night at Maddie's party!! I'm really glad you got to make it, and I'm sure Maddie enjoyed it very much too! I hope Chunyi continues to work for you while you keep fighting! Your family looks and sounds so wonderful, keep it up all! Love and prayers from me to you Sara, and family!

Dannie (Maddie's friend) <paskyloohoo@yahoo.com>
Mpls, MN USA - Friday, October 17, 2003 6:00 PM CDT
Dear Sara,

I don't think I know you (how's that for starters), but your story reached me and I had to stop by the website. My daughter, Julie Rodriguez, worked for PG&E some time ago now. Julie had a brain tumor which she fought with dogged determination and optimism, and I know she would want me to encourage you to remain stalwart in your battle and to be receptive to anything that comes your way. Reading about your sessions in meditation brings back a lot of memories; we used to (Julie, her husband and myself) go to Alta Bates in Berkeley once a week for meditation sessions. They did wonders for us in clearing our thoughts of all the doctors and treatments and let us focus on the beauty of the world around us, develop positive thoughts and gave us the opportunity to relax. I was finally put in a chair (everyone else was on the floor on mats) as my snoring was apparently disruptive! You will most certainly be in my every prayer as you walk the road to recovery. May God bless you and your family. Sonja Strom.

sonja strom <ss2141@aol.com>
minden, nv usa - Friday, October 17, 2003 5:35 PM CDT
Sara: In a meeting with Margaret Short earlier this week, I first heard that you were having a bit of a health problem. Likely just another bump in the road. Developing stories for the grandkids... My Higher Power suggests that while it is an event of significance, it is only one in a series of events yet to take place. All my best, and know that a prayer is headed up for you.

Tell Luke that PG&E is considering "redoing" the clerical job evaluation plan, and wonders if he'd like to make a return appearance.

Take care,
Roger Stalcup

Roger Stalcup <roger1944@goldrush.com>
Arnold, Ca USA - Friday, October 17, 2003 2:56 PM CDT
I was saddened to hear of this ordeal you are going through, and want to lend our energy, prayers and care to you, Luke and your daughters through this time! It was great to see the family picture and recall shared times in California.

Barbara Jereb and Family (Brian, Dave and Kristin) <baj2@pge.com>
- Friday, October 17, 2003 2:42 PM CDT
I didn't even get over to greet you, as you people were 3 deep on the chair surrounding you. It was great that you were able to stop in for Maddie's celebration.
When you make whatever milestone you want to celebrate, let us know, we can be on the planning committee...
It seemed like Rachel felt right at home, and she is welcome whenever she would like to stop by...you maybe didn't notice, but that is a revolving door we have, as so many friends and family are always coming in and out of the "fun" house.
I know we need to get some rules in place...just never seem to find the time (ha ha).
Hope you feel up to enjoying the Indian Summer they are promising!!!!!

Mpls, Mn - Friday, October 17, 2003 10:40 AM CDT
Sara & Luke -- Well, I'd say the Peedjers have certainly been heard from! Dennis was pleased to receive your good wishes and sends his own right back at ya.
We have Rosy the dog here again for a few days, and while the barking & hair are annoyances, I'll take those over slobber any day. What's up with that? Have you considered stuffing cotton balls in Ian's cheeks??...just a thought.
Love, Storme & Gill
P.S. Rachel, isn't it entirely too soon to have to endure reruns of you-know-what?? Anna, VARSITY swimming??? We're very impressed!

Storme & Gill
Alameda, CA USA - Friday, October 17, 2003 3:18 AM CDT
Hi Sara,
I just heard about your illness through a fellow PG&E alum and wanted to send my best to you, Luke and your girls. I know it has been ages and miles, but hopefully my name rings a bell. I have great memories of working with you both. For some reason I flashed on you recently and the fun times we all had together in HR (remember those infamous Thanksgiving lunches & skits ;-). I always admired your sense of humor, strength, and perseverance, and I know that you will hang tough through whatever curves life serves up. Your daughters are beautiful, you must be very proud, and it looks like your hubby growed up pretty good too. I had a long talk with the big guy upstairs on your behalf last night (not Russ, THE big guy).
Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and Iím sending positive energy your way. Kick some butt Sara Ė you have a lot of friends pulling for you!

ďHope is the thing with feathersó
That perches in the souló
And sings the tunes without the wordsó
And never stopsóat alló ď
Emily Dickinson

Jeff Sisson <JSisson@cox.net>
Scottsdale, AZ USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 5:23 PM CDT
Sara, I just want you to know that you're in our thoughts and prayers. Everyone in HR is pulling for you.
Rose Lundequam <rose.g.lundequam@medtronic.com>
Fridley, MN USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 3:12 PM CDT
Just know, Sara, Luke and girls, I continue to have you in my thoughts and my prayers.

The family photo is beautiful ....

You're going to win, Sara. We are rooting for you.

Virginia Hayes <vhayes2003@comcast.net>
Alameda, Ca USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 11:00 AM CDT
Your name keeps popping up in conversation at out house...I am sure your don't need ringing ears on top of everything else (hee hee)...I have been thinking about the last six months, since Maddie's diagnosis, and for all the difficult moments that I know we have experienced, it is the gifts that have come from this experience that come to mind.
I am sure that there are tough times ahead, as that is life, and life with cancer seems to magnify things for us to see more clearly, experience more accutely, and feel more intensely. So the pain is more real, but so is the love, so is the hope. The good times are better, the laughter is louder, the little things are huge.
So when your name comes up, it is because we are in this together, living life in the moment, without guarantees, but looking forward to every good moment...and we wish for great moments for you as you work towards recovery...
Thinking for you!
PS. Maddie is celebrating 100 days on PROTOCEL today!!!
If you are up to it, please stop by...Susan has the details

Mpls, MN - Thursday, October 16, 2003 7:51 AM CDT
Hi Sara and Clan--
Just came from Wheeler's Jewelry where I was picking out a 50th gift for my aunt and uncle.....there sat our "Divine Miss Poler" in her pea green outfit, hiding out in the back room trying to avoid customers and watch the Cubs game!!! Some things never change, eh?
Wow-it's been a few weeks since I visited your website and the volume of letters is impressive. I'd say you have some fans out there, lady!
Have to tell you a quick story. A middle aged man with MS lives at the nursing home where my Mom lived and thru a weird set of circumstances, I learned he could no longer wear his wedding ring because of his weight loss. Of course, you know I took it to Lisa and she became his 'angel', sizing his ring so he could wear it again. He looked at me and asked what he could possibly do to thank this nice lady (because he had no money) and I told him to include Lisa's sister Sara in his prayers. Well....I want to tell you! You are now fully integrated into the prayer circle of the entire Immanuel Lutheran Nursing Home residents and their combined power is formidable. Just wanted you to know!

Hope this finds you having a good day. And know you're loved and hugged by many from afar. Love, Peg Rice

Peg F. Rice <sinopah@digisys.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 7:52 PM CDT
Hi Sara, Luke, Rachel, & Anna--We heard the news and wanted to send our love and good thoughts. I can't even remember how long it's been since we visited, but it was wonderful to see the family picture.

Luke--in case you want to gloat about the Vikings-49ers game, I'll give you a call.

Robin, Jessica, & Jeff Delaney <jeff.delaney@pge-corp.com>
Alameda, CA USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 7:37 PM CDT
Hi, Sara,
Its been so long! Barbara J. sent me the web site. I'm sending best wishes to you and the whole family. It was great to see a picture of all of you. I'll be thinking of you.

Joy Kosobayashi
Menlo Park , CA USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 5:27 PM CDT

I know that it's been some time since you've heard from me, but I think about you daily. Bre (through Rachel) and this website keep me updated on your condition. I'm glad to see that you continue to receive a tremendous amount of love and support. I also want to send some positive energy your way. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wish you wellness.

Michelle Z.
Mendota Heights, MN - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 5:15 PM CDT
Hey Sara,

Miss Storme, Sue Gellen, Tom and I had dinner last week heard this hard news. You Luke and the girls are very much in my thought these days, I've been recalling the many fun games nights we shared with you guys before you moved and the good days at PG&E. It's nice to see the all the notes from our PG&E world.

Luke, would love to talk with you to check in on you, I left a message on your machine this a.m. Office: 408 576 5818; home 415 440 7930; cell 408 393 2686.

hang in there--


Rob Towle <rob.towle@flextronics.com>
San Francisco, CA US - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 1:30 PM CDT
Hi Sara -

I recently heard about your situation and thought I would send a note to say hello. I remember working at PG&E first with Luke (DBU HR) and then with you (Corporate Compensation) before the layoffs. Your stories about Rachel and Anna always made me laugh and made me look forward to my own parenting experience. Now I have one son (Christopher George, 7 yrs old) and another on the way (Paul Anthony, who is one week overdue) so can better appreciate your stories. BTW, the girls are beautiful!

Please know that you are in my prayers and I wish you, Luke and the girls all the best!


Lurdys Gordon

Lurdys Gordon <lurdysg@aol.com>
Hayward, CA USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 10:26 AM CDT
Dear Sarah aka "Little Suzie Homemaker!" you are much in my thoughts and prayers ... our daily Mass group is keeping you in its prayers also ... I often think back on those wonderful IR days but mostly of our game lunches! Love, Doris
Doris Spingola <Doriss825@cs.com>
Sonoma, CA USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 9:37 AM CDT
Sara, It's been a long time since you left PG&E. Not sure if you remember me. I was in charge of Executive Compensation when you worked in the Compensation Department. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Greg Goyhenetche
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2003 5:51 PM CDT
Sara and Luke,
Just a few weeks ago, I was sharing your love story with a couple current HR employees. It is one of my favorite stories...how two people could grow up in the same neighborhood, attend the same schools, and travel all the way across the country to "find" each other.

I hold fond memories of both of you and am very saddened by this news. I send positive thoughts to you both and your daughters.

Margaret Short

Margaret Short <mas0@pge.com>
Walnut Creek, CA USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2003 4:52 PM CDT

We recently heard the news on your illness and want you to know we are all thinking of you. Many of us remember your strong character and are confident that it will serve you well now. I talked with Dave Bergman this morning and he asked that I pass along his very best wishes. Dave is not one to show his emotions, but you are clearly someone very special to him.

Please say hi to Luke. Enjoyed seeing the photos of your daugters on your website. You must be very proud of them.

Steve Rayburn
- Tuesday, October 14, 2003 4:51 PM CDT

News takes some time to get around---you are in thoughts and prayers--we hope to see you (and visa versa) on your next visit out.

All our best.

Steve and Susie Leder

Steve and Susie Leder <SSLeder@aol.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, October 14, 2003 4:20 PM CDT
Hi Sara
I was just talking with Mark Richards,from Vascular. He told me about your website. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. It look like you have lots of loving support. I want you to also know that the IT swap you were working on before you left is happening and working great,thanks to all of your efforts.

I wish you peace and health.
Martha Hippe

Martha Hippe <martha. hippe@medtronic.com>
Elk River, MN USA - Monday, October 13, 2003 1:23 PM CDT
Hey Sara, We just got back from "Up north" and have had the Sunday family dinner. What a gorgeous weekend we have had. I love your home page and the good news about your eyesight. See you soon! Maureen
Maureen Trepp <maureentrepp@yahoo. com>
Mpls., Mn. USA - Sunday, October 12, 2003 6:24 PM CDT
Our hopes and prayers are with you and your family.
Loree Cumming
Kalispell, Mt USA - Sunday, October 12, 2003 6:09 PM CDT
Hey Sara. I heard that you recently got some bad news but hey, now you'll just have more to tell people after you beat it all! It will be a long journey uphill with lots of slides, but when you get to the top and look down on all that you have down, you will be so proud (in a way) that you went through all of this crap! You are always in my thoughts and prayers! GOOOO SARA!
Maddie www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie
- Sunday, October 12, 2003 10:11 AM CDT
Hi, Sara and all, Hope Rachel's debate went well yesterday! I'm thinking of you today...I know how tough those treatments are, but they have to be powerful to do the job. Better days are ahead! We will all celebrate as you begin to heal and to feel better! Take care today, Love, Susan G
Susan Graber
mnpls, mn - Sunday, October 12, 2003 9:41 AM CDT
hey sara! its mayumi again! WOW! looking at all of the people taht have signed your guestbook i can see that you have unlimited support and love from all that know you! i hear that you've been doign great, and despite some of the low times i know that you are doing a wonderful job fighting this and you will continue to do that! Your so brave to go through all these things and still be the person taht you are! hope that i get to see you sometime soon!!!
love always,

mayumi <asianchik03@netscape.net>
mpls, mn usa - Saturday, October 11, 2003 1:52 PM CDT
Hi sara (luke, rachel, anna and ian)-
I hope everyone is hanging in there!
I made it through my marathon last weekend. I had Marc & Mom there to cheer me on. It turned out to be a lot of fun. It was nice to have family to cheer for me. Now I am back to being as busy as ever.
I hope you are having a good week. Stay Strong!!
Love- Kelly

Kelly O'Brien <kellymc111@hotmail.com>
Porltand , OR - Friday, October 10, 2003 6:27 PM CDT
Good morning Sara! I hope you are feeling better than you were just five minutes ago! As you may have heard we had your slobbery dog here yesterday. I won't go into the details because something tells me you might have heard about it already...
See you soon!

Ed Goetz
Minneapolis, MN - Friday, October 10, 2003 9:21 AM CDT
Good morning Sara! I hope you are feeling a bit better this morning.
We had Ian over here yesterday. As usual, Gelsi is exhausted and I had to mop up the kitchen floor after he left!! Can you get Luke to buy a bib for that boy???
I think about you all the time Sara, and I run into 3 or 4 people each day who ask about you. Keep up the hard work - we're all pulling for you.


Ed Goetz
Minneapolis, MN - Friday, October 10, 2003 9:17 AM CDT
Good morning Sara. I hope you are feeling a bit better this morning. We had Ian over here yesterday, and as usual I had to mop up the kitchen floor after he left! Can you tell Luke to get a bib for that boy???
I think about you all the time Sara, and I run into 3 or 4 people each day who ask me how you are doing. We're all pulling for you Sara, and you are never far from our thoughts.


Ed Goetz <egoetz259@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Friday, October 10, 2003 8:57 AM CDT

You go, girl. Sounds like the chemo is getting rough, but you know from what went on with you mom that it can pay off in a big way. Gunnar filled me in on the news, and I talked to Amy, too. I so wish it weren't true. Fight back. We're praying for you and thinking about you.

Glad to see, from your web site, that your daughter's swim team won recently. Of course, living where I do, I have mixed feelings about them beating Southwest. (Maybe I'll send my kids to Washburn, where you (and Luke?) went to school.)

Matt Kane
- Thursday, October 9, 2003 9:35 PM CDT
Hi, Sara, About those hats I dropped off yesterday...my good friend, Mary Kay, and her sister gets together a couple times a year to sew them. She gave me a bunch of the newest batch to pass on. Well, that style looks kind of goofy on me, but may be quite fetching on you! I wear that kind to bed, or under a scarf or hat. Keep the ones you can use, and feel free to pass the others on at your Dr's office, or I will take them to my chemo clinic. I am reading Master Lin's book, and am struck by the similarities to the philosophy of my Tai chi class (and the little I know about acupuncture.) I haven't gotten to the meditation part yet. Hope it comes to me more easily than the Tai chi does. (It is truly a wonder that such a klutz has a dancer for a daughter!) From my little book, i send you this message..."True peace runs deep inside of you. Excavate it diligently." Love, Susan G
Susan Graber
- Thursday, October 9, 2003 4:32 PM CDT
Sara -
I ran into Susan this morning and she gave me a brief update. I just want you to know that I am so impressed with all that you're doing to battle this. You are amazing and I can tell you've got a lot of love and support and personal strength to handle any setbacks!!

I'm so thrilled your family is liking the dinners. I told Anna last week that if there are any family favorites she's got a hankering for to let me know. Also I'm so glad her team did well against SW - I enjoyed taking her to practice and would love to help out like that again. I'm so close by and usually at home to please try me if there's any small errand that you, Luke or the girls need.

Anne Sterner <amsterner@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, October 9, 2003 3:54 PM CDT
Hi Sara! What an amazing website filled with lots of love and encouragement for you during this difficult time! It is evident that you are a treasured friend, wife, mother, aunt and coworker to so many people. You are on my mind and in my prayers so often. I am happy to work with the IT group as we await your return. Employees from the IT organization send their greetings and warmest well wishes to you. They enjoy working with you so much and miss their conversations with you. Artie indicated that it would be 'ok' for me to call you, so I plan to do so next week. Take Care and God Bless -Kim
Kim Hughes <kim.hughes@medtronic.com>
Mpls, MN USA - Thursday, October 9, 2003 1:46 PM CDT
Hi Sara,

Your Aunt was in getting her hair done and gave me this address to your website. I just wanted to say 'hi' and tell you I'm thinking about you.


P.S. If you need help with picking out , or cutting a wig, call me. Sometimes cutting them to fit on your head helps them to look a lot more natural.

Amy Terry (Schettle) <i don't have email :((>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, October 8, 2003 10:18 AM CDT
Dear Sara,
Here is the little prayer I made up after reading the "real" story.
Lord, I ask you, like David, to slay the Goliath of Sara's cancer and deliver her whole into the arms of her family.
Love, Lisa

Lisa Poler <wheelerjewelry@centurytel.net>
Kalispell, Montana u - Wednesday, October 8, 2003 9:40 AM CDT
Hi Sara
I am thinking of you often. You are always in my prayers. I am just amazed at this incrediable website and all your wonderful friends. The fabulous journel entries from the kids are as we would expect from them...wonderful. Rachel had a blast at Yoga and we are going to try to take her more often hopefully this weekend. I was hoping we could take her to the 4:30 class on Saturday. If you are feeling well, Frank and I could then come to visit and bring dinner. I am a little, no really a lot intimadated by the thought of bringing you dinner after all of Molly's fabulous meals. Maybe we will go for Chinese or something.

Keep your spirits up. You were absolutely amazing looking last week. No one would ever know what you are going through.

Another important thing-Kate does let me read her work.
Talk with you soon.

Ellen Perl <marketingminds@aol.com>
- Tuesday, October 7, 2003 10:48 PM CDT
Sara and family~
I found you through Maddies site. I will keep you in our prayers daily!
How old areyour girls?
I have 2 , Katelynn is 10 and Ashlee is 11.
I'll check back soon!
Lots of love , hugs, and prayers,
From our family to yours
Maria, ashlee, Katelynn, Zachary.

NC - Tuesday, October 7, 2003 5:18 PM CDT
I am thrilled to see that you are using caringbridge. It meant a lot to Maureen to be able to keep in touch with all her friends without having to explain the latest details over and over. I wouldn't be surprised to know that it played a key role in her vicyory over lymphoma -- and look at her now. I bet it will work as good for you. John

John Trepp <jtrepp@tasksunlimited.org>
Mpls, MN Henn - Tuesday, October 7, 2003 2:26 PM CDT
Just a quick note to let you know you are in the Hug family's prayers. I'm so very glad to see that you are experiencing such a strong level of support from family, friends and coworkers. How fortuate we are to have such love surrounding us. God bless.

Keith Hug <hugfamily@juno.com>
Roseville, MN - Tuesday, October 7, 2003 9:27 AM CDT
Sara! I'm very glad your appointment with Chunyi Lin went so well today - and that you are feeling the positive effects of his energy work on your breathing. I am thrilled and relieved that you are seeing him. I'm expecting to come over tonight to try a new meditation with you...that is if you are up to it. You know, I do believe that your group of willing fellow meditators is growing! Very cool. Love you! susan
- Monday, October 6, 2003 8:37 PM CDT
Hi, Sara, I just had to tell you how GREAT Rachel and Maddie's cell project turned out! It looks awesome, and shows amazing detail. Those two make quite a team! See you soon, Love, Susan :)
Susan Graber
Minneapolis, MN - Monday, October 6, 2003 7:33 PM CDT
It was so nice to finally meet you in person- we have been thinking of and praying for you every day. I left your house commenting on how terrific you look- REALLY! Your coloring is great and your eyes are bright- it was refreshing for me to see that for myself. I know that I can come on like a Mack truck with my energy and information spewing- I hope it was not overwhelming- rather that it delivered the "You can do this" message that was intended. Maddie is my living reminder that through prayers, faith and positivity anything IS possible. I have needed to adjust my mindset and allow myself to be open to new ideas and new healing techniques- and by doing so our lives have been so enriched and we are living with such hope and love! Fear can be devastating if you allow it to wrap it's nasty arms around you- we are here for you in any way that would be helpful.
Sending positive healing your way-
Our love and prayers,

Julie Dornisch
Mpls, Mn - Monday, October 6, 2003 1:21 PM CDT

My daughter Pam has a brain tumor and has been fighting the fight since November 4th, 2002, after the birth of her daughter (Casey Morgan). My youngest daughter, Karen, set up a caringbridge website for Pam. Karen's friends mother shared a prayer with us, that I would like to share with you and Sara. It's called DON'T QUIT:
Don't Quit -
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit - Rest if you must, but do not quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a fellow turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out. Don't give up though the pace seems slow - You may succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man; Often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor's cup. And he learned too late when the night came down, How close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out - The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems afar, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things seem worst that you mustnít quit.(Just call on Jesus).

Prayers have scientifically been proven to work.

REMEMBER NEVER GIVE UP THE FIGHT. You are in our prayers. GOD bless you all.

Frank father of Pam (www.caringbridge.org/ny/pamostrowski) <frmurato@nyct.com>
SYOSSET, NY USA - Monday, October 6, 2003 1:20 PM CDT
Sara - Your website is wonderful! I think about you a lot and wonder - "how is Sara doing?" Instead of pestering Barb or Artie - this site tells me your story beautifully. Sounds like your treatments are really tough, but that you are approaching everything with bravery and determination. You are amazing. Keep going, keep fighting - we are all rooting for you wildly. I can't wait to chat with you in the halls again and laugh over crazy emails (remember that video segment you sent to Linda and I with the lady shopping for parfume at the mall...she popped the top on a bottle to smell it and all the other shoppers pulled out their concealed weapons?!?! It still makes me giggle - the absurdity of it all. Anyway, I couldn't find the link or I'd send it back to you for a hoot...).

Anyway, this past weekend, my family and I were in Ely, MN. We stopped in a shop and they had a basket of little handmade "worry" stones. They said things like Peace, Faith, Health, Joy, Beauty. I picked them up one by one and said a prayer for you.

Hang in there. Your Friend, Amy

Amy Hoffman <amy.hoffman@medtronic.com>
White Bear Lake, MN USA - Monday, October 6, 2003 12:53 AM CDT
Sara,it's amazing that at such a trying time, you, your family, and friends have the energy and forethought to involve others thru this website. I am truly impressed by the poise and strength evident in your daughter's writings; and heartened by the breadth of your support network. I think it's a testament to why this is all going to result in a positive outcome. Things are going well with the Configuration Assurance department. We finished up merits, and even managed to process some promotions and IPP's; all of which you laid the groundwork for. Of course there is more to be done going forward, and I look forward to you being here to provide valuable counsel. Know that the thoughts and prayers of myself and the rest of the Config. Assur. employees are with you.
Steve Gompertz <steve.gompertz@medtronic.com>
Andover, MN USA - Monday, October 6, 2003 11:56 AM CDT
Dear Sara,
I forgot to tell you something on the telephone last night.
While I was in Florence I visited the massive and hugely famous Duomo (cathedral). They had beautiful candle holders and I lit a candle for you there. Lots of love,

Minneapolis, - Monday, October 6, 2003 11:46 AM CDT
wow, what a cool idea this website is. hope you are having a good day today. i think about you and the gang all the time.

Marc O'Brien <marcobrien100@hotmail.com>
Portland, Or USA - Sunday, October 5, 2003 11:02 PM CDT
Hi Sara! I am a friend of Lisa's in Montana. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you. I had dinner with Lisa last night and saw your picture...what a darling little sister you are! And I can see that you are one tough little cookie. I am sending you healing thoughts and energy. I hope to meet you on your next trip West. Rock on...Sheri
Sheri <trescher@montanaland.com>
Lakeside, MT USA - Saturday, October 4, 2003 10:24 AM CDT
Hi Sara! I am so sorry you felt so sick yesterday. I hope you are feeling better today! Bye! Love Mary
Mary Goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
- Saturday, October 4, 2003 8:50 AM CDT
Hi Sara, Luke, Rachel & Anna,
We were having a long chitchat tonite, wishing we were with you guys. We knew you'd enjoy David's words of wisdom to Storme re a trivial personal dilemma: "Well, no use spilling over cried milk." Ever the fountain of inspiration.
XOXOXOXOX Storme & David
P.S. Menasce sends much love.

Storme & David <storme1@comcast.net>
Alameda, CA USA - Friday, October 3, 2003 8:57 PM CDT
Hi Sara - Wow you have a lot of friends and well-wishers!! And you look great - I hope that you are feeling half as good as you are looking in that beautiful photo. I was so shocked to hear about your cancer as I know everyone was. I have been thinking about you and sending you positive thoughts. I wish you all the best. Ich bin noch an der High School und unterrichte noch Deutsch - alles geht gut - wir haben wunderbares Wetter hier und ich hoffe auch bei euch. I am sure that you learned some German like a good Minnesota girl so that was just to keep you on your toes!
Stephanie Christensen <christensens@sd5.k12.mt.us>
Kalispell, MT USA - Friday, October 3, 2003 10:08 AM CDT
Hi Sara! I am just checking in on you ! Look at everybody's entries! They are all so nice! Well I gotta go ! See you later! Love Mary
Mary Goetz <Razmatazz07@aol.com>
- Friday, October 3, 2003 9:13 AM CDT
Hi Sara, Luke, Rachel & Anna-
I just found out about this website. What a great idea!
I think about you guys often. I admire all of you in this trying time. Sara, I know you continute to be the strong, funny and driven aunt that I love and admire.
I have been busy with school and I am running my marathon this weekend. Mom is coming to town to cheer me on. I will have a bloody mary immediately after the race in honor of Jimmy C (that is what he ordered for me after my first marathon).
Take care everyone!
Love, Kelly

Kelly O'Brien <kellymc111@hotmail.com>
Portland, OR USA - Friday, October 3, 2003 0:56 AM CDT
Hey Sara!
I got your site from Maddie Paguyo's and I also know Hanne! It sounds like you are very strong and have a lot of encouragement from your family and friends. The news of the x-ray is awesome! Keep it up! Stay strong!
Love and prayers,

Dannie <paskyloohoo@yahoo.com>
Mpls, MN USA - Thursday, October 2, 2003 5:38 PM CDT
Hi, Sara, I was given a book for "breast cancer soldiers" called "Be your own angel...snippets for tough cookies" and I thought I'd share some of those snippets with you occasionally. Here's one..."Every day you rise and shine, light an invisible candle deep inside your spirit...no matter what cloudy shadows loom nearby, your way will be clear!" It's illustrated with cute cartoons. Thinking of you today and sending you warm, healing thoughts. Love, Susan
Susan Graber
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, October 2, 2003 4:34 PM CDT
Hi Sara! I just got back from school! I am sorry I didn't get a chance to get on and write on your website the last couple days, but I was really busy!I hope to see you soon ! Love Mary
Mary Goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
- Wednesday, October 1, 2003 4:46 PM CDT

You have been in my thoughts and prayers so often. Bianca keeps me updated. Miracles do happen and I am hoping for one for you. How could one not come with all of the friends and family pulling for you and sending good thoughts and positive energy your way. One thing I have to say is, I'm glad you're at Medtronic now and not MEL. It sounds like the support from your colleagues there is amazing, which does not surprise me, from everything I hear from my husband. By the way, I noticed you had an entry from Brian Urke. He is in our Twins Group -- small world, huh? Take care. I am sending postive thoughts and wishes your way for you and your family.


Raquel Briskin Counihan <counihan@ieee.org>
Minneapolis, MN US - Wednesday, October 1, 2003 3:19 PM CDT
Hello Sara, This is Diane Eileen, a friend of Lisa's back in Montana. During a lovely little hike on Sunday, Lisa shared with me the details of her recent visit to your home. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. As I told Lisa, I am dedicating my merit toward your well-being and peace of mind. In Buddhism, we understand that the postive potential (good karma) created by our virtuous actions and thoughts can be directed to the benefit of others. It is my great wish that you be freed from your suffering.
Diane Sock <dhyana02@bigsky.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Wednesday, October 1, 2003 11:57 AM CDT
Dear Sara,
I'm a friend of Lisa's in Montana and I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you but hopefully on your next trip West! Just wanted to send you healing, loving thoughts and heartfelt prayers. XXXOOOOO Jill Z.

Jill Zignego <jill@fivestarrentals.com>
Kalispell, MT USA - Wednesday, October 1, 2003 11:02 AM CDT
Dear Sara and Luke,

Surprise!- Hi guys,
Virginia Hayes told me about your illness and I have fond memories of both of you and wanted to send a note of good wishes. I know it's been many years but I can still see you both back at PG&E and was very happy,over the years, when I had heard that you had moved on to Minn., had children and a lovely life there. I wish you more happiness in the days ahead and you will be in my thoughts always.
I guess you will see that we have re-settled in Fiji. We had been here before (you will remember this) and then moved on. including some time back in the Bay area but our hearts brought us back here again 3 years ago and we expect it is our home base. We have an all-boy, 9 and a half ("almost double digits" year old, Alejandro, who was born here during our first years here. He's the joy in our lives. Among other things such as having set up and run my own first of its kind, cappuccino cafe, I continue to do HR consulting. Even way out here, there is a need for our services!
I remember too that you two had honeymooned here back before I had ever visited ....I hope one day we might meet again. Meanwhile, I will be thinking of you and hoping that all goes well.

Susan Bonetto (nee Rybacki) <bonetto@connect.com.fj>
Pacific Harbour, Fiji Isles - Wednesday, October 1, 2003 5:26 AM CDT
Dear Sara,
I'm so glad that I have found your guestbook. I'm so happy when I hear good news such as Rachel wrote and when Susie tells me that you've had a good day. I think of you a lot and look forward to coming to Minneapolis soon so I'll see you and Susie and everyone there.
Many good wishes and warm thoughts, Mary Lee Reynolds

Mary Lee Reynolds <maryleer@webtv.net>
Riverside, CA USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 11:03 PM CDT
Dear Sara, I've been keeping posted on your progress via Lisa, but am dazzled now to have this website to visit ! A great idea and like everyone else, I give a big thumbs up to the new hair-do! Very flattering.
Just want you to know that the power of the WOTN (Women Of The Night) is fully behind you and sustaining you from here in Big Sky Country! Consider yourself hugged by us all: Lisa, Susan, Tracy, Ann, Mary, Sydney, Diane & Peg

Peg Rice <sinopah@digisys.net>
Kalispell, MT USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 10:41 PM CDT
Dear Sara, I have been getting your daily update from Susan and am amazed at your wonderful energy and spirit! The chest x-ray is such incredibly wonderful news! I think of you and your family constantly, loving you and sending and visualizing all things positive. I was thinking of you on Sunday as I wore a little polar fleece hat all day just trying to get warm. Do you need some snuggly hats? Also, just so you don't forget the always interesting? world of HR - I got the "F bomb" dropped on me at least 25 times in 5 minutes last week during a long overdue termination meeting. As us sick HR professionals do, we all got a big kick out it! Anna and Rachel, you are two incredibly brave young women. I am a hugger and have restrained myself from hugging you as I know I don't know you well enough...but in my world, hugs are important messages of support. I am thinking of you and your wonderful spirits often...and may just have to sneak you a hug at some point! Love, Bianca
Bianca Zick <bjzick@hotmail.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 2:53 PM CDT
Whew! Aren't you, Amy and I good?!! Another day of qigong meditation under our belts!...or should I say in our souls..Today you looked like you felt signficantly better AFTER we completed our meditation than before. It's so nice to sometimes feel the immediate benefits. Next time though, we have to turn on the heat in your bedroom! brrr..

What a busy weekend you had with working so hard with Amy clearing out closets and with Annie making a guest room. I guess that's the project today? Where do you get your energy! Really Sara, you are doing so well and I admire your efforts and your strength. It's a beautiful and cool day..so if you feel like taking a walk, I'm game. Talk to you later!

susan reynolds
- Tuesday, September 30, 2003 11:48 AM CDT
Dear Sara: I must tell you how wonderful you look with your new haircut. I've just returned from Europe and noticed several people with a similar do! We are all thinking about you and sending our most positive engergies and thoughts your way! Deb Denz
Deborah Denz <deb.lee.denz@medtronic.com>
Minneapolis, Mn Hennepin - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 11:39 AM CDT
Dear Sara

Kate just told me about this webpage. What a great idea. We just wanted you all to know that are we are thinking of you and praying for you. I think in this family we have all the religious bases covered. I also wanted you to know that whenever you are ready for the healing touch with Tanya, she is ready to come over. Her phone number is 612-816-YOGA.

When Rachel gets a break from all that homework, we would love to have her over to spend some time with us. If Anna can stand being with Charlie we would love to have her too.

We are thinking about you tons.
Ellen, Frank, Kate and Charlie

Ellen Perl
- Monday, September 29, 2003 10:13 PM CDT
Dear Sara (also Luke, Rachel and Anna),
Sara, it was so good to talk to you on the phone today!!! As I said you voice was stronger and more powerful than anytime during or since my visit. I am so proud of you and your tenacious spirit, especially with those closets. Luke, what about those Vikings? They wiped out the 49ers. What about that Randy Moss? Rachel, the letter at the beginning of this web page was absolutely incredible. You are truly gifted. Anna, I really miss going to Walgreens with you. You were my roomate-buddy. Have you tried the omlete? If not , you can always call me for advice.
Love, Lisa

Lisa Poler <wheelerjewelry@centurytel.net>
Kalispell, Mt USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 6:52 PM CDT
Dear Aunt Sara, I love you very much and I hope you love yourself very much. You are the best aunt in the whole world. I bought stuff and I'm going to make soup for you. My daddy loves you and he says he's gonna cut Ian's tail off. I guess he is going cuckoo today. I am sorry about cutting Ian's tail off. Love you. Bye-bye, Story
Story age 6 + Amy + Mark <amyr1303@msn.com>
Stillwater, MN USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 6:48 PM CDT
Dear Aunt Sara, I love you very much and I hope you love yourself very much. You are the best aunt in the whole world. I bought stuff and I'm going to make soup for you. My daddy loves you and he says he's gonna cut Ian's tail off. I guess he is going cuckoo today. I am sorry about cutting Ian's tail off. Love you. Bye-bye, Story
Story age 6 + Amy + Mark <amyr1303@msn.com>
Stillwater, MN USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 6:48 PM CDT
Hi, Sara! I just found your website and it's so heartwarming to read messages from all those people who are rooting for you. (That's me, too!!) I'm feeling so much better these days...I'd like to give you a big portion of my new found strength and the belief that better days are ahead!!! Rachel, have I told you how much fun it is to see you almost every day? You put up so well with our idiosyncratic (?) carpool personalities. Thinking of you this evening, Love, Susan
Susan Graber
- Monday, September 29, 2003 6:13 PM CDT
Hi Sara!
I hope you are feeling good today. It is so neat that you have this guest book for people to write in! My thoughts and prayers are with you and be sure to call if there is anything you would like me and my family to do. I hope you enjoy the massage from Tanya. She is really nice and I am sure that you will really like her. Tell rachel again from me ( or if you are reading this rachel) that she should feel free to come over here whenever she wants. I'm thinking of all of you.

Kate Noel <katekool88@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 6:01 PM CDT
Hello Sara & Luke,

I was just talking to Virgina Hayes and she told me what was goinig on. You both will be in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do!!


Mark Richards <mark.richards@medtronic.com>
Sebastopol, CA US - Monday, September 29, 2003 3:03 PM CDT
Hi Sarah,
All of us at Wheeler Jewelry are thinking about you every day. I am hearing of your updates and am very encouraged. I hope and pray you will be well soon.

Beth Cook
kalispell, MT - Monday, September 29, 2003 2:19 PM CDT
You are in my daily thoughts and prayers. I know how overwhelming this can become for you and your family, but I also know how strong the power of prayer can be and the sense of peace it provides. Please know that we care so much for you and your family! God bless and be with you, Sara.

Barb Bates <barbara.bates@medtronic.com>
Isanti, MN USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 2:15 PM CDT
Sara, just wanted to send a quick note to say I'm thinking about you. We really miss you here at work and wish you a speedy recovery. We love your new hair cut!
God Bless and Keep Strong.

Niki Parsons <nicole.parsons@medtronic.com>
Fridley, MN USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 8:51 AM CDT
Hey Sara! I am just checking in on you before we leave for Hanne's basketball game! It was really fun last night! I enjoyed it alot! I hope I will see you later today! Bye !love , Mary
mary goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
- Sunday, September 28, 2003 12:32 AM CDT
Hi Sara and Family, I found your web sight through Maddie's. Keep the faith God works miracles. You are not in this terrible fight alone. My cousin (just turned 12) is fighting an inoperatable brain tumor _such a monster_ and we all seem to come together in this and pray for all the families that are going through this horrible time. Its hard, but trusting in God is the only way to get through it, I will be checking on you and looking forward to THE Miracle update. My heart and prayers are with you and your family!
Donna Simpson <donnas031664@aol.com>
Reynoldsburg, OH - Saturday, September 27, 2003 7:29 PM CDT
Hi Sara!I think some night soon you will be kissed by an angel.I have lots of faith in you.Bye!Zoe
Zoe Martens (Bianca's Daughter) <Groovygrandma550@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, September 27, 2003 4:52 PM CDT
You certainly have a lot of people pulling for you. My friends were from my work contacts. Retirement has wiped them out. Max and Zach will get weary of my calls. But Grace, Sage, Alex, Anders, and Stefan are getting older. I apparently I shouldn't disconect my phone yet. Good luck. I expect to see your name on a survivors list in a few years. Great picture.
Uncle Warren <WWNelsonx@msn.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Saturday, September 27, 2003 11:05 AM CDT
hi sara!
this is mayumi,i don't know if you remember me but i'm one of hannes friends. I think you also do bookclub with my mom. Anyways, i'm glad to hear about your chest x-ray! thats great news! i hope that you continue to do well and i just wanted to say that you have all of my familys love and prayers with you! i have to get going but have a really great day!

love mayumi <asianchik03@netscape.com>
minneapolis, mn usa - Saturday, September 27, 2003 10:59 AM CDT
Hi Sara! I heard about the chest x-ray! woohoo! I am checking your website every day now! It was really fun last night and you looked great! I guess i will see you later today! p.s. Miracles do happen! love mary
Mary Goetz <Moodus99@aol.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Saturday, September 27, 2003 10:53 AM CDT
Hi! I came across your page via Maddies. It is wonderful how people who are facing their own challenges can help support others. You seem to have a good support system and your attitude is great! (And Sara, your haircut is so cute!) I have your whole family in my thoughts and prayers. KLM
- Saturday, September 27, 2003 7:27 AM CDT
You look terrific! You cannot help but get well with all of the love and support coming to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong and positive. That also goes for Luke, Rachel, and Anna.

Michelle (Bre's mom)
Mendota Heights, MN - Friday, September 26, 2003 9:47 PM CDT
Wow! Look at all of these people who have already signed this! I am so amazed at how strong you have been throughout this. Rachel has kept me informed about a lot, and I know this time is really hard for everyone. My family and I are constantly thinking of you guys, and if there is ever a time you need anything, we are more than willing to help! I hope you know so many people are cheering for you right now, and all of these people are also there to help. Take care and good luck! I also found a quote that I wanted to share with you:
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much." -Mother Teresa
God trusts you a lot Sara, and I have faith that you can overcome anything that is put in front of you! Sara, Luke, Rachel, and Ana I will be thinking of you all!

- Friday, September 26, 2003 9:08 PM CDT
Hi mom,
we're just sitting here reading all of these wonderful messages. way to go on your day today! Love love love
rachel and anna

Rachel and Anna
- Friday, September 26, 2003 8:11 PM CDT
We found your site from Maddie's site. We will add you and your family to our prayers. You have one of the best things going for you and that is a very caring and loving family. My son Dylan was diagnosed almost 4 years ago with an inoperable brain tumor. We take one day at a time and thank God everyday for that day.
Love and prayers,
Mom of Dylan

Port St. Lucie, Fl ...GOD BLESS SARA... - Friday, September 26, 2003 5:22 PM CDT
Dear Sara,

Wow! With all these positive vibes coming your way, you can't help but get better. Know that I think of you often and everytime I go to my yoga class I dedicate my practice to you.
The pictures of you and your family are wonderful. I hope that you and Luke will let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you. I am willing and able to do whatever is needed! Let me know if you have any cravings or desires for you meal next week.

I am thinking about you and your family often, and I send positive thoughts your way even more often.

Love and support,
Amy Austin

Amy Austin <aaustin@skypoint.com>
Minneapolis, mn usa - Friday, September 26, 2003 4:51 PM CDT
Sara, I found your page from Maddie's page. Just wanted to say hi! I will keep you in my prayers. Love the hair cut!! My daughter, Caitlin also has her hair short, so cute! She was diagnosed with a brain tumor last October.

Aleta <agunn@optonline.net>
West Nyack, NY - Friday, September 26, 2003 10:58 AM CDT
Sara -- we're pulling for your recovery.

Your haircut is darling ... as you are. Keep up your great spirit to get past these difficulties.

We think about you often. I have many wonderful memories of our times at the PG&E and in Alameda and wish you and
family were still here.

Keep up the faith. We will keep up our prayers and positive thinking.

Virginia Hayes <vhayes2003@comcast.net>
Alameda, Ca USA - Friday, September 26, 2003 10:13 AM CDT
Maddie has been touched by your story and checks on you all the time, and today she is directing people over to your site.
Susan is the common thread that weaves through many of our lives and ties us together.
When Maddie was diagnosed, it was like the wind was knocked out of me for a couple of days, but then I realized that I needed to handle this the way I handle everything...arm myself with information, study, search...and Julie, Maddie's mom, needed to handle it her way, talk to people, protect her kids, love them like crazy...and so on and so on...and then before it really sunk in, we were all in our action mode, and the tumor no longer had us...we had the tumor...the statistics no longer applied to the our circumstance...because this is a unique circumstance...this tumor has never faced the tenacity of the Dornish family, and the quiet determination and pure heart of one Madeline P...
And believe it or not, from a potentially dark spot, there was light...blessings, support, love, kindness and then it became glaringly apparent...MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!
Big and small they happen every single day...they are happening for Maddie, and I know they are happening for you.
Prayers and peace,

Mpls, MN - Friday, September 26, 2003 7:34 AM CDT
Hi Sara,

I came over from Maddie's site and wanted to let you know that you and your family have been added to our ever growing prayer list. That Maddie is one extrememly smart, brave young lady, isn't she. She has such a grasp on life and the bumps that we hit along the way. My 12 year old daughter and Maddie both have the same tumor, and we have become very good friends with Maddie and her family as a result. As a matter of fact, I have met more wonderful people on caringbridge sites that I believe I have ever met elsewhere. This is a wonderful site. Stay strong and don't let anything get you down. You and your family are not in this alone. All of us are out there for absolutely anything you need. I will check back quite often just to say hello and let you know that we are thinking of you every single day and praying for you many times a day. (Since my daughters diagnosis I seem to pray many, many times daily) If you get a chance, drop by and see my little sweetheart daddy's girl's site. She also is one of the bravest little girls I have ever known.

God Bless you and your family

Cheyenne's dad

Roy Fiveash <rfiveash@wcc.net>
San Angelo, tx - Thursday, September 25, 2003 11:02 PM CDT
Hi Sara,

I got your website from Maddie's site. She is a sweet girl. I wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I just recently (2wks ago) lost my 5 1/2 yr old daughter to a brain tumor. That is how we know about caring bridge. There are many wonderful people out there who will start signing your guestbook and offering incredible support to you. G-d Bless.

Mom of Angel Julia

Judy Levy <levyjudy4@comcast.net>
Pittsburgh, PA - Thursday, September 25, 2003 8:31 PM CDT
I am at my desk visualizing good health throughout your body as you undergo chemo at this moment. May the healing energy of all of us help you on Thursdays and throughout the week

- Thursday, September 25, 2003 10:30 AM CDT
Hi Sara,

I saw Susan the other day here at FAIR and she mentioned you. I am thinking of you often. Anna was always so wonderful to work with and we here at FAIR miss her very much! Please send my best wishes to Anna also - I miss seeing her in my choir! We send our warmest thoughts to you and your family!

Melissa Brunkan <melissa_brunkan@rdale.k12.mn.us>
Cystal, MN Hennepin - Thursday, September 25, 2003 9:14 AM CDT
Sara - good luck tomorrow morning with your fourth chemo treatment!! I hope you get the room with the bed AND the bark-o-lounger! And I hope that you can get some sleep while you are hooked up. You have a busy day tomorrow and the sleep would do you good. I'm glad you are meeting with a homeopath to see how to naturally counteract some of the treatment effects. And of course, you have Chun-yi Lin tomorrow night! This will be Luke's first chance to meditate with him...It amazed me last week when the hour of meditation was over so quickly! Who'd have thought I could be quiet that long?!!!! OK..so I'll be visualizing all the chemo going after the tumor cells as you get a whole new dose tomorrow at around 10a.m. Love to you!
susan reynolds
- Wednesday, September 24, 2003 10:08 PM CDT
We have only met once or twice, however we have a couple things in common. First would be Luke. I've had the great privilege of working with Luke, and always hearing his family stories that he would communicate with great pride. It's been said that for every great man, there is an even better woman standing next to him. This certainly seems to hold true with you and Luke. Sorry Luke, you know I only speak the truth :-)
The other commonality would be that I had a short bout with Non-Hodgkinís Lymphoma. That was 7 years ago, and by no means does it begin to compare to your diagnosis. I can only confirm what your friends and family have already said. There is great strength from determination, family, friends, and a splash of humor. It was for me, and 100 or so others I had the honor to meet later as a volunteer with the ACS. They were all incredible people fighting various forms of cancer, but were always determined, just like you!

Give Luke a good jab for me, I still owe him 1 or 2.
Please call if we can help in any way, and keep fighting!

- Wednesday, September 24, 2003 9:46 AM CDT
Being an Anamis Insulin Pump customer, I feel a bit imtimidated posting with all of these Medtronic people but Sara is my cousin and I love her so I will put that aside.

I did not realize your dog looked like Toto

Gunnar Nelson <nelso248@eudoramail.com>
Minneapolis, - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 9:39 AM CDT
Hey Sara, I just heard last week about your battle with cancer. Leave it to me, ms. jockette, to bring in the sports reference. I'm sure you know that Lance Armstrong was facing the very same thing and look where he is today!! I know you can be strong & make it through this, especially with all of the great support you're getting from friends, family & coworkers. I'm thinking of you and sending good vibes your way! Love, Liz
Liz Sands <lsands@att.net>
White Bear Lake, MN - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 9:20 AM CDT
Sara: It is very difficult for me to express my feelings but you are so important to Susan and family and me that I just want to let you know what a great influence you have had on us all in the time we have been fortunate enough to know you and call you a friend. Please let me know how I can help toward your recovery ..which I am sure is just a matter of time. My thoughts and prayers are with you every day. Love, Maxine
Maxine A. Goetz
- Tuesday, September 23, 2003 8:01 PM CDT
Sara - When I saw you late this afternoon I was thrilled by all the positive signs I saw in you. I know it's not easy for you to see the progress, but I see strong signs of you getting back on your feet. Why do I say that? I saw you hard at work organizing Thank You notes at your dining room table. I saw you modelling your beautiful new red shoes. (A generous gift from sister Amy) I saw my strong, determined friend with two rosy spots on her cheeks, willing to get out and go for a walk after a long day at the doctor's office.

You are going about the really tough work of getting better, and I, along with many others, will be with you every step of the way.

Love you to pieces - Chris

Chris <peachpicker@msn.com>
Minneapolis, MN - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 7:20 PM CDT
Hey Sara -- Just wanted to let you know that you're often in my thoughs, and I'm visualizing you healthy and cancer-free! I wish you a strong recovery, rest, and much love in your life (I think that last one is surely covered by the looks of this website). I know we don't know each other very well (YET!) but I hope to see you soon and will continue to send positive vibes your way. Love to you and your family, Kris
Kris Indahl <kris.e.indahl@medtronic.com>
- Tuesday, September 23, 2003 1:34 PM CDT
Hi Sara,
Today I fly to Italy taking one small edge of your healing circle with me. I will think of you everyday. You have such a lovely family and supportive friends. I hope you find comfort in knowing so many care about you!
Love, Jeanne

Jeanne Harkness <jharkness1@msn.com>
Minneapolis (and Florence), - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 1:25 PM CDT
Hi Sara,
This website is great. I love technology so much I use it too. My family website is www.haguefamily.us. I started this website in 1998, check it out if you get a chance.

Leave it to Dave to bring some interesting poetry to this guest book. Thanks Dave!

Well, it should be pretty obvious that you are surrounded by people who truly care about you. Don't forget that. Please let us know if there is anything your Medtronic family can do.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve Hague <steve.hague@medtronic.com>
Houlton, WI - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 10:17 AM CDT
Sara, I love this website! (Your picture and the family photo are the best part) I just want to congratulate you on finishing radiation yesterday. It is a big chunk to get behind you and you managed it admirably. There isn't a doubt in my mind about its effectiveness that will become apparent down the road. Love, love, love to you . . .
- Tuesday, September 23, 2003 10:04 AM CDT
Sara - Maddie's right..try to stay strong and keep your spirits high...and on those days (or hours) that feel hard, then lean on all of us and our belief in you and your ability to heal. We're ALL here for you, praying for you, calling healing energy to you, visualizing the chemo and radiation working away in your body...all while you go about your work each day. So on those days when you feel tired and discouraged, know that we are all working away on your healing FOR you! Join us when you can. Isn't it called a Healing Circle? Well this one spans all across the world just for you. Love you...susan.
susan reynolds
- Monday, September 22, 2003 10:21 PM CDT
Wow! Look at all the messages you've got in only two days! I am a friend of the Goetz's. Hanne is my age and we came to know of each other from basketball. I am so glad to hear about you working with Chunyi! He brings me so much peace, and I know he will to you also. I just wanted to stop by and let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you! Though it may seem like life stinks right now, you will soon realize how great it is and how much this bump in the road will teach you!! It will force you to change your life for the better, it will lead you to many new people, and best of all, it will teach you what life is all about! Stay stong and keep your spirits high:)!!

P.S. I wanted to ask your permission to tell all of my friends that check on my website about you and your new website! Is that alright?

Maddie www.caringbridge.org/mn/maddie
- Monday, September 22, 2003 7:42 PM CDT
Hey Sara.

Your friends and colleagues at Medtronic Tempe Campus are praying for you and think of you often. Artie and Victor give us regular updates; but it is really cool having a website where we can see pictures and get real time information. Stay encouraged!! We care!!!!!

Phoebe Swan
Tempe, AZ - Monday, September 22, 2003 5:57 PM CDT
Sara~Hey! you dont know me, but im Terri Wolfords (employee at Medtronic) daughter Cyndi...you may have heard some stuff about me from my mom! my mom has been coming home everyday just sharing with me every little detail she gets. my family is praying for you everyday! you are in my thoughts and prayers! and i hope some day to get the chance to meet you! Keep fighting it! before you know it you will be back at work!!! GOOD LUCK! i will keep checking in daily!! KEEP FIGHTING!!
Cyndi Wolford (Terri Wolfords Daughter) <wolfie1208@hotmail.com>
Maple Grove, MN USA - Monday, September 22, 2003 5:44 PM CDT
What a special and wonderful person you are, as evidenced by all your ongoing support! My daughter is copying one of her music CD's for you that she purchased at camp this past summer. Hopefully it will make you smile! I love your new hairstyle - sassy!
My prayers and thoughts are with you everyday.

Trish Snyder <trish_snyder@hotmail.com>
Medtronic, - Monday, September 22, 2003 4:22 PM CDT
We missed you at the council meeting last week! I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope you will have a speedy recovery!

Take Care and hope to see you soon!


Jef Lundquist <jef.lundquist@medtronic.com>
Fridley, MN USA - Monday, September 22, 2003 4:12 PM CDT
I enjoyed hearing about you from this web site. I have only met you a couple of times, but enjoy your excitment about learning your new job here at Metronic. The only information that we had offically been told is that you very ill from cancer. I was so glad to hear some of the details of your therapy. I think it is difficult for people to talk about illnesses like this. My thoughts and well wishes are with you during this very difficult time. I hope to see you back at Medtronic in the future. Wishing you well...
Rose Becker <rose.becker@medtronic.com>
Plymouth, MN Henn - Monday, September 22, 2003 2:33 PM CDT
I was sitting at work today wishing that I could walk upstairs and have a venting session with you. While I only wanted to vent about the weather on Sunday, I definitely missed having you laugh at my simple complaint. I look forward to your return in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with you every day. I will keep in touch.

Terri Wolford
- Monday, September 22, 2003 2:11 PM CDT
Naturally I could not do just one. Since you are reducing your TV viewing hours, I thought that you would enjoy this one.


Jimmy Jet and His TV Set

I'll tell you the story of Jimmy Jet --
And you know what I tell you is true.
He loved to watch his TV set
Almost as much as you.

He watch all day, he watched all night
Till he grew pale and lean,
From "The Early Show" to "The Late Late Show"
And all the shows between.

He watched till his eyes were frozen wide,
And his bottom grew into his chair.
And his chin turned into a tuning dial,
And antennae grew out of his hair.

And his brains turned into TV tubes,
And his face to a TV screen,
And two knobs saying "VERT." and "HORIZ."
Grew where his ears had been.

And he grew a plug that looked like a tail
So we plugged in little Jim.
And now instead of him watching TV
We all sit around and watch him.

So be fair warned about that darn TV watching or perhaps this will happen to you.
Cares and Smiles from DaveS

Dave Schaenzer <SchaeDave@aol.com>
Mpls, MN USA - Monday, September 22, 2003 1:52 PM CDT
Hi Sara,
I've been following your story through e-mails around work. I'm glad to see that you've been getting a good outflowing of support from Medtronic folks and friends and family. There are a lot of people pulling for you here. You've made a lot of friends here in a short time.

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to working with you again soon as you fight through your recovery.

Let me know if I can help you in anyway.

Pete Dwyer
Medtronic, - Monday, September 22, 2003 1:41 PM CDT
Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite poets that makes me smile. Here is a poem from "the web" http://www.harperchildrens.com/hch/fiction/features/poetry/shel03/PoetryClassroomBooklet.pdf

The Romance

Said the pelican to the elephant,
"I think we should marry, I do.
'Cause there's no name that rhymes with me,
And no one else rhymes with you."

Said the elephant to the pelican,
"There's sense to what you've said,
For rhyming's as good a reason as any
For any two to wed."

And so the elephant wed the pelican,
And they dined upon lemons and limes
And now they have a baby pelicant,
And everybody rhymes.

There are exercises to try your hand at rhyming with things like moose. I hope you enjoy the exercises at the web site.
Take cares and smiles from DaveS

Dave Schaenzer <Schaedave@aol.com>
Mpls, Mn USA - Monday, September 22, 2003 1:29 PM CDT

My name is Beth Ziesmer. I work at Medtronic. I am a Configuration Assurance Assistant for the CRM division. Though I have not had the pleasure of meeting you personally, I still want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and wish you wellness.
Back in November of 2002. I had premature twins, a boy and girl. They were born at 25.5 weeks (14 weeks early) at Mpls. Children's Hospital. My little boy weighed two pounds and my girl only weighed 1 lb. 11 1/2 oz. My babies received the best care in the world and like you, we took advantage of the caringbridge website. Matter of fact we still keep the twins' website (some what)updated.
It is a great communication tool and is amazing how many people respond and truly care.
Again, I wish you wellness; and I will be checking up on your progress.

Beth Ziesmer <beth.ziesmer@medtronic.com>
Coon Rapids, MN US - Monday, September 22, 2003 12:54 AM CDT
Hi Sara! Artie keeps us updated pretty well and I love this page. Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday! Remember the Nintendo guy I mentioned to you during our last conversation at work! He worked for me... Take care, Brian
Brian Urke
- Monday, September 22, 2003 11:28 AM CDT
My family's thoughts and prayers are with you daily. With your courage and the support of your family and friends, you'll beat this for sure!
Steve Ruffing
Brooklyn Park, MN USA - Monday, September 22, 2003 9:59 AM CDT
hi!! i just wanted to write on your website to tell you i think about you all the time. we all know you can do this!!! anytime you want we could go on walks, or i could read you my stories! i love you so much sara. you're so important to so many people...to me like a second mom.
so ill probably be seeing you tomorow!
give a kiss to ian for me!

love hanne <hobbz3@aol.com>
mpls, mn usa - Sunday, September 21, 2003 10:21 PM CDT
Oh yeah, I forgot... GOOD LUCK tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. at your last radiation treatment! Congratulations on completing 15! I'll be thinking of you then! susan
- Sunday, September 21, 2003 10:08 PM CDT
Hey Sara!!! I am SO glad you have this web site set up now!! What beautiful pictures...of both you and your wonderful family! You have been so remarkable these last weeks as you have gone head-long into your treatments! I marvel at your ability to take one step at a time, working on what is directly in front of you. I've always known you are a strong woman, but to witness it so closely has been so moving. I am very glad you are seeing Master Chun-yi Lin for Qigoung meditation. The healing, encouragement and sage counsel he can offer will be very helpful! Ok so..I'll see you tomorrow..and you know that everyone over here in this house LOVES YOU TO PIECES!!!! love susan
susan reynolds
mpls, - Sunday, September 21, 2003 9:52 PM CDT

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