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Posted 2017-08-24T20:24:42Z

8/24/2017 Thank You!

Dear Friends and Family:

Sarah and I are writing this entry together as she isn’t feeling particularly well but wanted to let everyone know how she is doing.  To coin a phrase, “things could be better”.  On the other hand, they could be worse, though not by much.  The last several months have been a struggle that was punctuated by a nine day hospital stay during which a feeding tube was placed and, several weeks after that, the implant of a continuous drug delivery pump to help manage pain.  In spite of the feeding tube which delivers food directly to the small intestine where it is safe from involuntary expulsion – Sarah has not been able to obtain enough nutrition to sustain her. Her weight and strength have diminished greatly, to the point where, for all practical purposes, she is bed bound.  The pain pump has been a blessing but we have struggled to keep up with the growing pain. 

Yesterday we had a social worker over to the house to talk to us about hospice care and she made a comment along the lines that, when it comes to our health . . . eating . . . drinking . . . life . . . sometimes we don’t get to choose; and, it would appear that is where Sarah is today.  Sarah’s body has essentially decided that it no longer can tolerate food and the pain grows almost daily; and so, she will enter hospice care and that is something we never dreamed we would have to choose.

Words cannot express the gratitude that we both feel for all of the support that has been provided by dear friends, family and even many that we have never met.  People have been so giving over the last 2 ½ years and we lacked nothing because of your overflowing generosity.  Sarah is at peace as she enters this final stage of life, knowing her awesome future, but deeply regretting leaving those she loves.

THANK YOU!

Scott & Sarah Gjesvold

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Comments (58)

  • Megan Timm
    Megan Timm

    You are loved, so much! I wish I could give you all a big hug right now and just hold you.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Rick Carreon
    Rick Carreon

    Sarah, These past several years you have been such an inspiration and a pillar of strength. As you enter this final stage know that you have touched the lives of so many people. Your love and kindness will live for generations to come. God bless you and your family. Rick & Debbie

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Arryn groom
    Arryn groom

    You are so loved!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Cindy Zelazny
    Cindy Zelazny

    Oh Scott and Sarah, I am sure I am not the only one with tears in their eyes right now. What a beautiful love story you two have shared with each other, your daughters, extended family and all of us friends. You have shown your girls what a blessing it is to be in love and married to your best friend and shown us all how strong and powerful your faith in our Lord is. Know that we all are praying for you. There are so many wonderful passages in the bible to offer you hope, this one is one of my favorites. "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 Love and peace to you both and to the girls, my heart is heavy for you all. Cindy Z

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tonya Matson
    Tonya Matson

    Sarah- Your strength is inspirational and has helped MANY, more than you know. Most times the trials of life are not our decision, but how we handle them is- and you are quite the role model! Your contagious smile and joyful personality and selflessness will live on through your beautiful family. I am privileged that God put you in my life...Love You! 🙏🏼❤️

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kathy Lausted
    Kathy Lausted

    Dear Sarah and Scott.....Our prayers are with you. Your family is beautiful and so full of strength and love. I've witnessed hospice. The hospice team is caring and helpful. However, I know you don't want to be in that position. You have so many out there praying and caring about you all...God included, as you know. Love and Hugs....Kathy and Denny

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Pauline. Landgren
    Pauline. Landgren

    Sarah,Scott and girls, Thank you for being so gracious and considering us all during a very personal time of your lives. Sarah you are so beautiful! Throughout your life,you have reached out and touched our lives,giving us a precious understanding that has enriched us. You, Scott and the girls are most loved.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Words cannot express our gratitude for the blessing of being your friends. Love and prayers, Polly, JR and family

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Leanne Holladay
    Leanne Holladay

    Sarah and Scott and lovely girls I hold you before the Throne of Grace several times a day and pray you all have strength and peace that surpasses all understanding. You are so precious and I know God is cradling you gently in His arms. Much love - LH

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Shanna Landgren
    Shanna Landgren

    It is such a bittersweet race we run. You have endured, with grace, with great fortitude, with such incredible love and strength, and now you near the finish. Praying for God to give you comfort, to relieve all your pain and to give you and the whole family His peace. All my love to you Sarah, to Scott and your whole family.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Michelle Rageth
    Michelle Rageth

    What a lovely lady you are and what an example of grace under terrible trial you have been. You are loved by so many people and I pray that God will relieve your suffering and grant you peace as you finish this race. I pray that God will comfort your loving husband and beautiful daughters. You and Scott have done an amazing job of giving them the best start possible and showing them what a loving marriage and great parents are like. They will carry on your example in their own families someday and you will be there in their memories, helping them know how to be great moms. Love to you all.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Manya Kalamaha
    Manya Kalamaha

    Sarah. You are.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tammy Turci Drake
    Tammy Turci Drake

    No words. Just praying for peace. We pray for you many, many times daily. You are so loved and you have been such an amazing example. May God grant you and your entire family His perfect peace.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tom Turci
    Tom Turci

    I do appreciate you taking the time to write to us under the circumstances. Sarah and Scott, you inspire me daily through your courage and conviction. You are loved and appreciated.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kathleen Freeman
    Kathleen Freeman

    You have fought for so long and so hard, your strength and cheerfulness have been amazing throughout yout ordeal! It is heartbreaking for all of us and of course, more so for your family. We love you Sarah. God Bless you all.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Michael Carter
    Michael Carter

    Scott and Sarah, There are no words of comfort that I can share to express my feelings about this update. You both have been such wonderful examples of unity, love, and accomplishment, and such an inspiration to everyone during this most difficult trial. You both are loved by so many people around the world, and the impact that both of you together have made has made the world a better place. Prayers are with you both and your entire family as this part of this journey comes to an end. With respect and love, Michael

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Carole Hoselton
    Carole Hoselton

    Sarah, we are still praying for you and for your beautiful family! Praying that you will be healed and for your strength and for the relief of this pain that you are in. Reading this update has definitely left me in tears. Please know that we have not forgotten to remember you in our prayers. What a blessing it is to know you and your family! Love, Brian & Carole & kids

    2 years ago · Reply
  • DeAnna Love
    DeAnna Love

    Your family has been such an inspiration... Sarah, every time we saw you with your family you had this vibrant smile that lit up the room. You are a blessing! Our love & prayers are with you & your family. Wish we could be there to wrap our arms around you.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Leslie Wiens
    Leslie Wiens

    Sarah and Scott, I have no words. There are tears in my eyes as I type this. Praying for peace that surpasses all understanding.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jamie Offergeld
    Jamie Offergeld

    I'm glad you are at peace Aunt Sarah. You have impacted my life in so many positive ways. I am so glad we got to spend so much time together in MT. I will forever have our memories. I will always miss you until we meet again.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mike Pischke
    Mike Pischke

    The sadness that we feel reveals that the relationship we've had with you has been well worth while. We are very grateful to you for that. We won't see you as soon as we'd like, but soon, in God's great plan. And at that time, we'll all be delighted to share eternity with you. Just know that you are loved beyond what words any one of us could write!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Barbara A. Hewitt
    Barbara A. Hewitt

    Sarah and Scott - this has been so tough for you and your kids. Such a great example, though, of endurance and faith. I am so sad for you all, but so grateful God will take care of you, even if it's not in the way we have hoped. I will continue to pray for you all to have peace, comfort, strength, healing, and faith, and that God will take away the pain.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mark Frick
    Mark Frick

    Dear Scott and Sarah, Thank you for keeping us posted even in the deepest of difficulty. You are not alone and we wish you comfort that I do not know how to say or write but HE is real, HIS promises are real and I am glad you are holding to that dearly as evidenced in your lives. What a blessing it is to call you friends and family. Thank you for your friendship all these years. We continue in our praying for you. Love Mark, Wendi, Julia, Clay, and Cole.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Katie Klaus
    Katie Klaus

    I love you, Mrs G! ❤️❤️ The time I spent at your house when I was younger was so special to me and always will be❤️

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Stella
    Stella

    Dear Cousin Sarah... I am deeply saddened by this journey you have had to take. Tears roll down my face as I write to let you know how much you are loved. I will always remember those summer days where I learned to water ski in the lake by your house. That time we tried to be bulemic, but it "didn't work"😂 and the crazy time we rode skateboards down a very steep hill barefoot and in shorts. That time at SEP Camp when you were thinking one who could visit me in quarantine because my mom thought I had been exposed to the measles 😢 and was being shipped back home after only arriving 3 days earlier. The time you stabbed yourself in the thigh with your insulin needle, except I didn't know you were diabetic and you acted like you were dying... Oh you laughed so hard at the look of horror on my face. I wish I could give you a great big hug and hold you tight. I love you. You are an amazing woman. I always looked up to you, even though we are the same age. 💖💖💖 I wish I could be there with you right now. I hope you can find comfort in God's grace and love. Scott, Dylani, Kaitlyn and Rylee, my heart aches for you. I pray God gives you the strength to endure this and to stay strong. All my love, Stella Goldby Orzech and family.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Monica lord
    Monica lord

    Scott and Sarah, Thank you for the update. We serve a great God and have prayed for His will. You have set a very high bar in dealing with this disease. Prayers for peace and comfort. I will always think of you smiling!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Don&Donna Turgeon
    Don&Donna Turgeon

    Sarah and Scott, These are words that are so difficult to read, but we thank you for sharing with us. We will continue to ask God for His comfort and strength for all of you. Sarah, you have profoundly impacted us with your example of grace and courage mixed with humor. Thank you for being awesome. Love, Donna and Don

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Deanne Howell
    Deanne Howell

    Sarah, you have touched the lives of so many people and you have truly been an inspiration. You are loved by so many people. I wish I could take this trial away from you and your family. I remember you as such a great athlete and runner, but I think the best race you ran is the one you are currently finishing. When Jesus turned to the thief on the cross and told him "Today you will be with me in paradise," I truly believe that Christ meant that for the thief, in his next conscious moment (which would be the same day for the thief), he would be standing in paradise next to Jesus. Know that you are loved by so many. You have left a wonderful legacy for your girls. Our prayers go out to you, Scott, your beautiful girls, and your dear family.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • ReNae  Shaw
    ReNae Shaw

    Sarah, you're such a classy lady and an inspiration to us all! I hope you know how much we all love you. We pray for you and your family, that you will all have comfort and strength. Hugs to you and the family.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sherry Erickson
    Sherry Erickson

    Sarah, Scott, Kaityln, Dylani, and Rylee you are a beautiful beloved family. Sarah, we hope to be with you at that great wedding feast where we will be able dance and embrace. Your life of sincerity and truth have made you a precious and priceless friend. For this, our hearts ache. Blest be...until we meet again. Sherry, Glenn, Andrew, and Meredith

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Herb Teitgen
    Herb Teitgen

    Sarah, you are so courageous and positive in spite of enduring such a difficult trial. Your smile is an inspiration to us all. My continual prayers continue.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Laura Greer
    Laura Greer

    Sarah, you live in my heart forever as my first best friend in life and many memories of our youth playing and laughing. You had strength and positivity as a kid that has shined through during this difficult journey. I will continue to pray for youand your dear family. Love you. Always.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tom Randle
    Tom Randle

    Dear Gjesvold's, you have been an inspiration to us all through this enormous trial. We are humbled by your graciousness at this time. Thank you for your example of patience and endurance. Our prayers and thoughts go out for you. Hak semaya

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lynn Wagoner
    Lynn Wagoner

    Scott and Sarah, my heart is heavy as I read your post. You have both been such a tremendous example, one I shall not forget. You will continue to be in my prayers through this difficult time. May God give you comfort and abundant grace and may you see his care and love in the midst of it all.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Matthew Fenchel
    Matthew Fenchel

    I had a feeling this update was coming, but it still sunk my heart when I opened it up. Sarah, Scott and family: you handled this adversity in a way that we all hope we can handle our challenges. However, I know I fall short. You did not fall short. As others have mentioned, the courage, faith, humor, toughness, gentleness, sadness and hope you shared with us will never be forgotten. When my next trial hits, I will say: "What would Sarah have done? How would she have handled this?" Most of all, you were open and *real* about this -- the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. There were no pretenses. You shared with us your victories and defeats. In your humanness, we saw our own humanity and prayed for you more fervently. In your goodness, we saw your daughter-Father relationship with God and saw a vision for how deep that can be. To paraphrase Coach Cleveland Straud: "Scores and records are forgotten. But no one ever forgets how you played the game." We will not forget, Sarah. God will not forget you or your family. We love you. To the Kingdom.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Tim & Hope Lindholm
    Tim & Hope Lindholm

    Scott, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Dylani and Rylee, our hearts ache as we read this update. We hold you all close as we lift you up in fervent prayer for peace, strength, and comfort. You all are so very, very loved! Tim, Hope, Andrew, Chantal, Hannah, & Nadia Lindholm

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Katherine Bosserman
    Katherine Bosserman

    Thank you for being such an inspiration, example, and beloved friend through your trial. Your legacy lives on through your beautiful daughters. Our prayers for you and your family continue.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Karrie Helwig
    Karrie Helwig

    Sending all our love and praying for your comfort! ((hugs)) Karrie

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Cory Erickson
    Cory Erickson

    Sarah, from the day I met you in CA until now, all I ever think about is your guileless, joyful, uplifting, funny and life-filled spirit. And when I think about it, this spirit always reveals itself in my mind's eye in the form of one of the greatest smiles I have ever known in my life. Your smile is one of the few I will enjoy and remember for all my human days, and throughout eternity. As my girls have processed through this trial along with Colene and me, and as they remember you and your beautiful and incredible daughters and feel for them, I have told them about you and my many impressions of you going back to when I was a young man. One thing I always try to include is what an incredible basketball player you were in the day, and they love hearing about this since they are hoop maniacs (I wonder who they got that imbalance from?). It lightens the mood, and brings a smile to my face as well. The sweet Sarah, also the fierce competitor. As so many have expressed, you are so loved and respected. You, Scott and your whole family are loved by all of us. Yes, we pray often, and with tears, and we always are lightened by the thought your incredible spirit and smile. We have enjoyed it and look forward to selfishly having it for eternity. I hope these words respectfully represent my families feelings, including my parents who love you very, very much. We are with you in literal, and also a spirit of prayer everyday. Thank you always for your incredible Godly example, Cory

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Terri Eddington
    Terri Eddington

    My heart hurts with this update and I have no words! Just tears, tears and more tears!!---and prayers that continue for you all and especially Sarah. So much love to you each of you. xo

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Wendy Englehardt
    Wendy Englehardt

    Words escape me at the moment so I will simply say you are an inspiration to me and a light to all suffering. I look so forward to seeing your smiling, cheerful face in your newly healed body in the Kingdom...peace and love my friend...Wendy

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Gillian Houghton
    Gillian Houghton

    Sarah & Scott... our dear, dear Sarah & Scott, Clay and I are so saddened to hear this most recent update. You have fought this battle so very hard and so very courageously, as only the spirited Sarah that we knew would ever do. You are amazing, and so very loved. Scott, I know you are so proud of your wife. We love you guys and hold you and your family up in prayer as this most difficult time. Love Clay & Gillian

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Karen Lee
    Karen Lee

    Sarah and Scott, my heart hurts reading this. Sarah we love you. Your infectious smile and spirit for life touched so many lives. I'm so glad we met and worked together all those years ago in college. And that we've been able to reconnect in the last few years. Living it up in Monaco! Prayers for you and your beautiful girls for peace and comfort. Much love , Karen

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Nancy Corbett
    Nancy Corbett

    Roc and I send much love to both of you. Our prayers will be with you and your girls, and the rest of your family. Thank you for sharing this journey with all of us. Much love, Nancy

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Gayle Hoefker
    Gayle Hoefker

    Scott and Sarah, My heart cries out to you! Sarah you have been such an inspiration for us all. Scott, you have stayed by her side--so strong. We will continue to pray for you, and your girls. We love you all! We have in our mind what we would like--a complete miracle from God--but sometimes He has something else for us that we don't completely understand. But one thing that we do understand, is that He has a plan and we are all part of it. If you are not granted healing now, we know that we will see you again in the Kingdom--with no cancer and with your big smile. No cold jazz hands but with warm loving hearts and hugs. God bless you all in the next few days and weeks. Love and hugs! Gayle

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Pat Arnold
    Pat Arnold

    Dearest Sarah,Scott & Girls you are forever in our prayers. Sarah you have been such example as one God's chosen children, the strength and love that you have shared with all of us in this deepest trial is truly a gift from God. It is real a blessing to have you as a friend and a sister in Christ. You are one gracious lady,wife & mother. We continue our prayers for your comfort and pain to be eased. Love you and your family, Pat & Nancy Arnold

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Brian and Becky Babcock
    Brian and Becky Babcock

    Scott and Sarah, we are so sorry to hear this news. We just said a prayer for your family - that the girls will remember the happy times with laughter and not tears, that they will have hope and inspiration from their thoughts of you, and that they will be comforted in knowing they will see you again. God be with all of you through all this difficult time.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Gale Black
    Gale Black

    To the Gjesvold family,There doesn’t seem to be adequate words at a time like this. We have all been inspired to see how strong you have been through this adversity. May you know how much you are loved by so many friends, and all the lives of young people you have touched throughout the years! May God speed the day to His soon coming Kingdom!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sharon Swanson
    Sharon Swanson

    Sarah, Scott and girls, you are all in my thoughts and prayers, especially as you enter this next, unplanned phase. Sarah, I have followed your story as you dealt with the disease head-on from the beginning. You have been a wonderful example of courage, faith and grace. Thank you for sharing your journey and allowing us to be part of it, praying, if nothing else. Much love, Sharon Swanson

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Burke
    Mary Burke

    Scott, Sarah, and girls, we pray for relief from the pain for Sarah, and comfort and peace for you all. God has been with you and helped you in your battle, and you have been a wonderful example. It is hard to suffer pain, and hard to watch a loved one suffer. God speed the day when there is no more suffering, no more disease, no more tears, but joy forever.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sandra green
    Sandra green

    You both have been such a light to so many! May God be with you and keep his arms around you! We pray for your strength and comfort each and every day! Lots of hugs💫🌟👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩. And love Sandy and Carl Anderson

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Donald & Colleen Erickson
    Donald & Colleen Erickson

    Sarah you are a light on the hillside that nothing can put it out. From the time we first met you when Scott brought you to us in MN., we have loved you, Scott and your beautiful daughters. You have a very special place in our hearts. May our loving Father continue to put His arms around you and your family and comfort you with His love and truth. Our prayers will continue to be with you! Much love, Don & Colleen Erickson Don misses not getting your hugs each Sabbath but won't forget them.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Laura Radtke
    Laura Radtke

    No words will change anything. Thank you for sharing as you were able. Praying for your strength, comfort, peace, and encouragement beyond what we can utter or our comprehension that only our Intercessor can provide. Sending love and hugs your way.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sheri Kroska
    Sheri Kroska

    The words of so many here show what you how you have touched so many lives. We have fond memories of your hospitality back in Montana when we were passing through on a road trip. When I think of you, Sarah, many positive attributes come to mind, but foremost is positive. What an example you have been. We love you all. Praying for you always. Al, Sheri, Gabriella, Hannah, and Emma Kroska

    2 years ago · Reply
  • joseph conti
    joseph conti

    Lady Sarah, you have shown such great courage and strength durring this time of great challange and battle. Such faith and unfailing love for your family, and God's way of life. I greatly admire you and your approach to life. Godly Peace, and comfort to you Sarah and the family. With Love

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sharon Treybig Babcock
    Sharon Treybig Babcock

    Sarah & family - What an amazing race you are running!! We love you from afar and pray for your final laps to be as incredible & as the many miles behind you. May great joy outweigh your pain. Our family's thankful to have shared a brief time with you. You are greatly loved - Godspeed the day of all healing & reunion. Much love💕, Sharon (& Brendan, Anna, Joe, David, and Daniel )

    2 years ago · Reply
  • John Freeman
    John Freeman

    Sarah, Everyone admires your strength and positive example for good reason. It leads me to ask why you, of all people? The world, the church, the congregation, your family is a better place with you in it. I have been upset since reading the news, I can only imagine what your family is going through. Love and prayers to all of you. John

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Linda Hansen
    Linda Hansen

    Sarah and family, We love you and appreciate your fine example of handling such a difficult situation with faith and grace. Your latest post brought tears to my eyes. So sorry that you and your family are having to endure this trial, yet thankful that you have the hope of the future to focus on. Looking forward to the time when God will wipe away all tears. Linda, Bruce and family

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Leanne Prehatney
    Leanne Prehatney

    Sarah, you have been such an inspiration to many, myself included. We continue to pray for you and your family. I am so happy that we were able to all go camping together all those years ago. I still remember Garrett calling you and Scott "my new friends". Take care. If there is anything I can do please let me know, I will message you my newer cell number. Love you!❤️

    2 years ago · Reply