Karen Roberts Sare, one of our dearest friends, has lived her life touching others with hope and care. Karen has developed a life-threatening lung disease, called Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis which falls into the umbrella of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. This is progressively scarring her lungs into the texture of “wood.” Without a lung transplant, Karen will die, but Karen wants to live.
She has a Masters of Theology from Bethany Theological Seminary along with a Certificate of Completion of Training in Spiritual Direction from Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction. Compassionate, intelligent, deeply spiritual, loving and wise, for years Karen has helped to bring God’s light into people’s lives. She has raised two amazing sons and is thrilled to also be mother and grandmother to her blended family of 8 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Karen wants to continue God’s call to minister to others in this world, including the joy of being a grandmother, mother and wife.
July 6, 2017
Dear Friends, Families and Incredibly Kind Strangers,
Gratitude is today’s word–in fact it is and has been the word I am carrying with me since I received my double transplant. I apologize for the lengthy break in giving updates. I have been working so hard in Rehab at the
COLLT that I am wiped out and have needed to just take a nap.
I am actually doing pretty well at the COLLT,,, I am now able to walk for 30 minutes with a therapist holding me gently. I can also ride a recumbent bike for 30 minutes…my 30 minutes with the physical therapist is a bit dicey. My muscles are weak, especially my core and the muscles connected to my joints. i am able to do the things the therapists ask me to do but I get really exhausted and out of breath. Happily I recover quickly without needing any oxygen at all, I am getting stronger every day and the therapists doctors are very pleased with my progress.
There are a few complications which are keeping me here. 1) my balance is not good so i am still considered a high fall risk. 2) my gastric reflux is getting worse so the doctors are concerned I might get acid in my lungs (which would immediately cause rejection of my lungs.) 3) I am having trouble with
June 2, 2017
At long last I am able to type an update.
Physically I am doing amazingly well considering what my body has gone through since my transplant surgery on the day after Easter.
Emotionally I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I have two new/healthy lungs. I can breathe and I do not need to use oxygen! While I am still very weak and am experiencing a fair amount of pain, I know that with time and rehab/exercise it won’t be long til I am living a normal life.
Spiritually I am doing a decent job of staying centered and connected most of the time, and when I slip I do a good job of catching myself and making different choices. I also am surrounded by a cloud of witnesses who are holding me up (literally sometimes), cheering me on, praying for me, feeding us and holding Divine Energy Love Light around and within me. How can I possibly choose fear when I am surrounded by such an amazing community of you, church, friends and family. Without your support and prayers I would not be doing so well. Thank you all sooooo much!!!
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May 22, 2017
Hello Karen :) Thankful for the updates here as it's my only means of hearing what you're experiencing. Sounds like it's been tough, esp weeks 2 and 3, but the last entry seemed like you're doing better. Holding you and your family and all of your teams in God's Light and Love, praying for you in the Powerful Name of Jesus, and speaking to the mountains to be removed. Have strength, Family. I want you all to eat and rest and know it's okay to relax and feel happy; you know, like Karen wants you to! Will continue to pray and lift you all up to our Father to received His Peace of Mind.
Jackie Taylor Rexroat
April 25, 2017
Karen, It is wonderful to hear that you are free of tubes and such and actually walking the floor. I am excited to hear that you have been upgraded from ICU to the transplant wing. This is hard work but I know you can balance effort with patient appreciation for how amazing you are doing!
Kimberly Koczan Flory
April 18, 2017
Just heard the good news! God Bless you and everyone on all of the teams involved :-) I'll be praying with you.
Jackie Taylor Rexroat
April 18, 2017
Thinking of you friend. Sending prayers and hugs.