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I started my journal in 2005 with the intent of blogging about life with disabilities and chronic illness. My hope was to increase awareness of accessibility issues, social concerns, etc. Over time, I made friends on LJ and began posting less public entries.

My journal has seen me through the completion of a Master of Divinity degree, ordination as a minister with the Church of God (Anderson, IN), and many other things. I have kept a journal offline for many years. Blogging online has been a fun way to meet people and share perspectives.

I have an eye condition called retinopathy of prematurity. I had a partially detached retina as a child, leaving me a small amount of usable vision. The damage to my retina led to other problems with my eye over my lifetime which have caused me to lose my vision, get treatment, regain my vision back, and repeat this process several times.

I have several other medical conditions as well: asthma, atypical migraine with vertigo, sensorineural hearing loss, and rheumatoid arthritis. When people look at me, they see a person who is blind, and that is what they perceive is hard for me. From one day to the next, my life may be challenged by any of these six things, or by none at all.

Welcome to my journey.


( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 10th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Hi I miss reading of your adventures
I miss reading about your adventures so stopped by hope this is ok
Sep. 14th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
hey sarah
Hey there Sarah. Of course you know me from the many list we are on together. I was wondering since your journal looks so uncomplicated, how in the heck did you get it that way? I haven't figured out how to make it user friendly yet. I'd like to get it that way then I can start really posting more and getting it organized. How are things going with you lately?
Sep. 14th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Re: hey sarah
I have a paid account and created my own layout. It took a long time and a lot of work but I sure do like it now! Thanks for the compliments!
Sep. 14th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: hey sarah
Ah ok, so with a paid account you can make it look better. Then I guess I better get one. Yes your layout looks really good.
Sep. 15th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
your help
Hey there Sarah. I now have a paid account, didn't cost as much as I thought it would, smile. Would you be able to walk me through the steps you did to set yours up like that?
Sep. 15th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: your help
They've changed the style system since I did mine, and I don't know how to work the new one. I'll have to do some reading... Do you have experience with HTML at all? You may or may not need to know some.
Sep. 15th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Re: your help
Heheheheh, go figure. They would go and change things and make them complicated, smile. Unfortunately I have no idea how to do html. Well, one day I'll get lj set like I'd like it, smile. Thanks for looking into it though for me.
Sep. 17th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Hi Sarah!
This is Sharon Bernhardt. Just stumbled on your site! It's been a long time. I hope you are doing well. What is God doing in your life? We are still in Indonesia..
Sending all my love!
Sep. 17th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi Sarah!
Hi, Sharon! So glad to hear you are well! Does this thing email you back? Btw, my email address should be visible in my profile. I am in seminary, and it has been a very challenging but rewarding experience. I have learned a lot about relying on God for strength to do what I thought I could not do and have also learned to look more dilligently for small things that He is doing to bless me and ways to keep focused on the road ahead and take a little time out to reflect each day.
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
strong opinions are the interesting ones.it is never "blah".I couldnt imagine just critisizing someone here because of anything.if i disagree with somebody I say nothing.this is a good place here on livejournal.I am happy o have met you as I do find you to be interesting,inspiring,helpfull and knowledgeable about many things.not many have taken as much time as you have to realy lay everything out.you have many diverse topix.I even listened to your songs and you have a very pretty voice!

keep up the good work!
Jan. 3rd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Hey, I randomly found your journal when I searched the interest 'biblical hebrew' (lol, talk about a nerdy confession). Anyway, I'm a 2nd year M.Div. that is going for ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA and I'd be really interested to read about another experience at seminary, especially someone who seems as interesting as you. My journal is very much a coming of age story. I believe I have a very unique perspective on life (just like everyone else, lol) and you might find my experience informative as well. I've had a wild ride and I'm still fighting to survive.

So, please friend me back. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard. I look forward to getting to know you! :)
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: welcome
Thanks! The positive anticipation is mutual! :)
May. 24th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday
Hi Sarah, I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. I pray this will be a year full of growth and accomplishment for you.

Carmella Broome
Author: Carmella's Quest: Taking on College Sight Unseen (Red Letter Press 2009)
May. 25th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
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Jun. 28th, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)
Welcome aboard! I hope your search for head solutions goes well. My attempt to sort out seizures vs. migraines has gone very badly over the years--my seizures refuse to show up on EEG and doctors consider them nonepileptic. I went through years of psychotherapy because doctors thought they were stress-related. Therapy was generally helpfup to me, but it didn't make the seizures better. Trying Topamax was my internist's idea, and it has been a real life-changer.
Jan. 4th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
I've seen your comments on other blogs, so I popped over here to check you out. I hope you don't mind if I add you! :)
Jan. 4th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks! I recognize you too. New friends are always welcome! :)
Aug. 29th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
hi. i read your latest comment on yummykit's entry and i'd like to add you if you don't mind. my recent life adventures have been dealing with my disabilities (congenital heart defects) and trying to pass the bar/getting a job. i find it nice to have understanding people on my journal list and to read their struggles, too.
Aug. 29th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
Thanks and welcome. I look forward to getting to know you and sharing journeys. :)
Jan. 10th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC)
Hi Sarah, this is Astrid. I have started yet another LJ (but I'm going to delete the old ones if I can figure out how to do this) mostly for chronicling my life with DID and other disabilities. If you want to connect, feel free to. If you don't want to connect, that's fine too. :) Just wanted to let you know I'm here.
Jan. 12th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hey, Astrid. LJ has been a brat and Semagic did not inform me you added me. I am also in the process of moving email to a new domain and am behind on checking my notifications. I missed your comment. I will be catching up with you shortly. Please forgive the delay. Life is very much a mess lately. Welcome back aboard. [hugs] :)
May. 24th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Happy b-day, & thank you so much for those caring & supportive comments on the disability group :)
May. 24th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks and welcome. :)
May. 25th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: welcome
P.S. You are welcome to add me if you like. I would like to be a part of your supportive community if you need it.
May. 25th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Tht was supposed to come from me. Got logged out.
May. 25th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Oops
Hi, thanks! I was not sure whether you wanted any more new adds. I will put you on my list now.
Re: Oops - 3kitties - May. 25th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jun. 12th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Welcome! I look forward to getting to know you. I'm a bit frazzled lately but I do enjoy reading and commenting and hope you will stick around and share in my journey if you like. :)
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