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Steve, I am very very sorry. It is very sad news, but I too am glad
she is at peace.
She has borne her illness with an exceptional courage and straightforwardness
and I know that a lot of her
extraordinary attitude has come from your support and love. It is
a privilege to be able to spend some time with
you both and maybe help where we could. Please be assured that 'the
boys' are here for you when and wherever
you need us. We will keep in close touch. Please pass on my condolences
to the family and let us
know whatever we can do to assist.
with best wishes
Dave (and an overseas Martha)
Steve, I am so sorry to hear the news. I have been expecting it after
our last exchange but it still
comes as a massive shock. Both Lindsey and I send our deepest sympathy
to you Steve.
The few times we met Sarah were always a pleasure and both Lindsey
I still remember fondly her fantastic speech at your wedding. I also
think that she must
have been very grateful to have someone like you to help through the
months of pain.
I will try to speak to you in the next few days / week.
Matt and Lins
To the family of Sarah Mitchell
You do not know me, I am a friend of Liz Tilley in the United Kingdom.
Liz has shared her news with me as I too have just lost a very dear
friend from lung cancer this past week.
I had a look at the website, and what a wonderful way of keeping her
smiling and beautiful
face there for everyone to remember her by.
To be inspired by! She certainly sounds like she was a wonderful lady
from all photo’s one can see that she enjoyed life to the fullest.
I would like to express my sincere condolences to all the family and
friends of Sarah.
Good memories never die, and I would hope that when you think about
you will do so with a smile on your face.
For your memory should always be of something she did, or something
she shared with another.
You owe it to her to keep smiling, as much as she did.
Steve, thanks for your message. I’m so sorry to hear about Sarah.
Her life was far too short but she does seem
to have achieved far more in her 40 or so years than most people do
in twice the lifetime. She was remarkable.
I’ve always admired you two and how positive and constructive
you have remained throughout Sarah’s illness.
You did have a great 17 years together and to have had such a happy
relationship is very special,
and nothing will change that.
I’m sorry I’ve missed your recent calls. I am going to
be at my desk tomorrow morning so will give you a call then.
Lots and lots of love. My thoughts are with you and with Sarah’s
Dear Steve, John just called me to tell me your terrible news and
I just wanted to tell you how terribly sorry and
sad I am. We both tremendously admired how you both fought her disease
so valiantly and Sarah's courage was
amazing to see in person when we stayed with you I'm not sure if you
are aware but she enabled me to put into
perspective my own problems and helped me to decide to move on and
live life for the present because who
knows what tomorrow will bring (for all of us...) Be sure that, although
we are so far away, we are
thinking of you and will try and help as best we can.
With lots of love,
Dear Liz, Steve, and family, I am deeply saddened by the news of Sarah's
departure, and wish to present
you all with my sincere condolences. My friend Evelyn and I are privileged
to have known Sarah, albeit too shortly,
and our memories of her are all joyful ones indeed. Lately, as we
learned of her misfortune, she also became an
inspiration that will have a lasting influence. In these difficult
times, our thoughts are with you who remain behind
to continue the journey, as Sarah must have told you herself she wanted.
the pictures you posted are a beautiful record of a generous life.
With our sincerest sympathy,
Evelyn Wong and Martin Storey
Perth, May 2008
Steve, We are so deperately sorry that Sarah has lost her battle.
Thankyou for letting us know so soon.
Even this far away, and having fairly infrequent contact I feel totally
shell shocked. I can only imagine how you and
Sarah's family are feeling, even though you were preparing for the
end to come. Please accept our heartfelt
condolences. Sarah and I met at primary school. We were best friends.
When we went on to comprehensive
we chumed up with Joanne and Jayne and became a foursome to be reckoned
We were in all the sports teams and did very well too.
After A levels in 1984 we all pursued our chosen career paths. We
never saw Joanne again unfortunately.
Sarah and I have managed to keep in touch over the years, albeit at
times with long breaks in between,
but she was always one of my best friends. I shall cherish my memories
of her, and always be grateful that
we saw you both in Australia, last time in 2006. I'm pleased that
my daughter Maddie was able to
meet such a very special person.
Steve, I hope that you are able to rebuild a life for yourself in
Please also pass on our thoughts to Sarahs Mum and the rest of her
Erica, Pete and Maddie.
Oh Steve. I'm so sorry to hear this. It seems
only yesterday I saw you both in the Peak District for my birthday
last year, with Sarah full of life and fun. And I'm so sorry to hear
she was in such pain towards the end.
Sometimes life is so unfair.
She was a lovely person - whenever I spent time with her, I thought
that. And she loved life and
lived it to the full - a real inspiration.
Please let me know if you are coming over. My thoughts are with you.
Steve, I was so sorry to hear from Beccy today of Sarah’s tragic
I can’t imagine what you must be going through but I hope that
having her family with you in Perth is a source of
comfort and that you will be able to draw strength from Sarah’s
amazing courage throughout the last few years
when she has fought cancer in such a determined and brave way.
It is so hard to find any adequate words at a time like this but I
to say how sorry I am and that I am thinking of you.
With best wishes,
Steve, no doubt you will have had many messages of support throughout
this saddest of times.
Though we were all far away when this happened i have known you nearly
all my life.
She was brave and together you were strong though you lived under
this cloud for many years.
You will endure but you will never forget and you will be stonger
- that is simply who you are. Take care my friend.
thinking of you
I know that, very sadly, this has not been entirely unexpected but
I also know that the two of
you certainly made the most of every minute of every day of the last
five years or so and that Sarah lived
more in one lifetime than the majority of people ever summon up the
I'm sure there's nothing that can console you right now but as a wise
person told me recently,
unless we really hurt at these times - we were never really alive!
Needless to say our heartfelt empathy goes out to you across the oceans.
Love Ian and Lisa.
Thank you for letting me know your news, albeit hugely saddening.
I am terribly sorry to hear what has
happened, although from your description I would imagine that it
is the best thing really.
I can only speak from a similar personal experience which allows
me some insight into how you must be feeling.
I think that what matters at the moment is that you know that people
care for you and that although they
can in no way share your pain, at least they are aware of it and
Life has been terribly unkind to you both, but at least you have
enjoyed a long time together and have known
real love and companionship – some people never even get to
You have both been inspirational in your attitude and approach to
life and I know that you will tackle this
next chapter as best you can.
My only advice is to keep busy (which does help) and not to be afraid
to admit that it hurts.
I made the mistake of trying to be the cornerstone of the family
and therefore bottled everything up
– this did me no good at all and nearly cost me my marriage
(all pre-SDL days).
I am sorry that I am poor at keeping in touch, but the demands of
a young family and living on the breadline
tend to be pre-occupying!
If at any time you are in the northern hemisphere, you would be
very welcome to stay with us – I have an
endless list of jobs that could be therapeutic! I am thinking of
you and we all send you our love and thoughts.
“To me fair friend, you can never be old,
For as you were when first your eye I ey’d,
Such seems your beauty still”
Dear Steve, We are all so, so sorry to hear this news. Sarah was
a lovely, warm, strong person who we
were very privileged to know and call our friend. We will miss her
very much, and we can't begin to imagine how
difficult it must be for you to come to terms with her loss.
You can be sure that we have thought of you and Sarah often these
last few weeks.
It must have been just an awful period for all of you.
I am glad Sarah's family was there with her at the end. You must
be just devastated Steve
- but hopefully you too have got family around you who can support
you as you try to cope with everything?
I know we are thousands of miles away but our thoughts and best
wishes are right there with you
- if there is anything at all we can do, however trivial, do not
hesitate to ask.
Do take care of yourself Steve. We're sure that last thing you need
right now is a hundred phone calls
to field so we won't call right away but if it's ok with you we
will get in touch in a few days time?
All our love, and with sincere and deepest sympathy,
Richard and Diane.
To Stephen & Family, I am a friend of your mum Janice in England
and she has kept me informed about Sarah's illness.
I am so sorry for your sad loss. You both seemed to be very happy
from the photos and nothing
I can say will take away your pain and sense of loss at this very
Sarah will always be with you all and will live on in your hearts
She is now at peace and free from pain and one day you will both meet
Sandra Garner & Family
Dear Steve, We are so sorry to hear that Sarah has passed away.
She was a truely kind and caring friend and we have many happy memories
of that friendship since we all
first met back in Sydney. It doesn't seem like more than 10 years
ago since I worked with Sarah at NETS and,
although that was only for a short time, it was a clear to me that
she was an excellent doctor and
it is no surprise that she made such a success of her career in
Perth despite her illness.
I guess it is a testament to her character and her fight that she
became not only
an inspiration to us but to friends and family of ours who hadn't
even met her.
Tom and Meg send their love.
They often talk of our visit to Perth and of their day with Sarah
in London a few years ago.
Our thoughts are with you Steve and our memories full of happy times
all together over the years.
Steve, Sally, Tom and Meg
Hello Steve, Carl told me about Sarah's passing and I wanted to mail
you to say how incredibly sorry I am.
I struggle even to write that as it sounds so terribly inadequate
against the most terrible pain you must be feeling.
I never met Sarah but I felt as if I did, as I was strongly touched
by your emails about her illness - but also,
much more than that, was inspired about your life together - the adventures
you had together, so visibly
demonstrated by the photos you included which showed you literally
living the dream in the way you wanted to.
Through this I saw and felt Sarah as strong and vivacious and joyous
and vital and more than anything,
that you were joint partners in lives well lived and, really Steve,
who can ask for more than that?
People rarely live to be the most they can be and I never doubted
for one second that you and Sarah
not only lived to the most you could be individually but soared
above what pretty much the
whole of the human race do, by your passion for each other and for
I am so sincerely sorry for your loss. For your partner, for your
lover, for your wife,
for such an accomplished human being lost to the world.
Sarah must have loved you so much for being you and supporting her
through this really bloody horrible situation you both had to go
With very much love, and I hope, when you are ready, that we can
have a celebration for those that knew
and loved Sarah, and also for those that didn't but were touched
by her spirit and inspired by your love.
With much love,
Dear Steve, I am so very sorry to hear that Sarah has finally lost
her long battle with cancer
– so bravely and cheerfully fought. I can only imagine how difficult
years must have been for you and how hard it must be now without her.
I have such happy memories of working with Sarah. She was always like
a breath of fresh air
– bubbly, lively, enthusiastic and
willing to get down to work at a moments notice (I persuaded her several
I had always hoped that one day she might become a consultant at The
She fitted in so well with us all and would have been a fantastic
However you both decided to make your lives in Australia and I know
you have had a
good life there and that both of you have been very successful in
I am very sorry that I could not make it to see you both during my
trip to Oz last Autumn.
I hadn’t realised how far away Perth is from the other places
I was visiting (Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney)!
However I did have a long chat with Sarah on the phone when I was
(and we have kept in intermittent email contact over the years).
During that conversation we both acknowledged that her cancer could
not be cured but she hoped for a longer remission than this.
I think she did amazingly well to continue working as the consultant
in charge of
neonatal transport in Perth as long as she did – a huge achievement.
You and her family must be very proud of her.
Thank you for letting me know the sad news.
I will pass your email on to her many friends and colleagues in North
Thinking of you.
Dear Steve, Since I received the call from mum this morning, I
have thought of nothing else.
Although deep down I knew it was imminent the news has still come
as a great shock.
My emotions have been mixed between the pain you are all going through
and the sadness that I feel.
Some of my happiest childhood memories were spent with Sarah and
John and in particular our Christmases
with them. At one point I truly believed that Santa would only deliver
our presents if we were in
Yateley in the Mitchell household. David, Sarah and myself would
go to sleep, believing that Santa
wouldn’t come if we didn’t and wake up to our sack of
We would run into John’s room in the morning to find him
fast asleep as he had got up in the middle of the
night and opened his presents by himself!!! In fact I think it was
John (the youngest!) that proved that
Santa didn’t really exist.
One year my dad dressed as Santa and knocked on the door –
we were so excited that Santa had come
to see us – the only snag with the Mitchell family home was
that you had to take your shoes off when entering
– and of course Dad/Santa complied and removed his boots.
We were beside ourselves with excitement that we
had received a special visit and then John (party pooper –
and the baby to boot!!!!!)
pointed out the Santa was wearing Uncle Ernie’s socks!!!
I am sure we tried to argue with him but he was far too cute and
we all had to admit that maybe John had a point!
We also spent many happy times on our bikes and in the woods at
blackbush, pretending we were some kind
of super heroes with guns and ammo etc whittled out of sticks. There
are many more memories and I will
treasure them forever, my only regret is that our lives took us
in such different directions we only caught
up, in the latter years at family functions, and unfortunately these
seemed to be funerals.
Sarah was always truly inspirational and so grounded and calm –
the rest of us (cousins) have all had our
moments, gone off the rails, drunk too much, smoked too much!!!
The one thing I have always thought
of Sarah is that she was focused,
caring, dedicated, completely her own person and more importantly
From a young age she embraced life, traveling alone (something I
always admired and never had the b*lls to do)
and took every opportunity but from as long as I can remember decided
on her vocation and whole
heartedly dedicated her life to it.
I sincerely regret that in our adult lives we drifted apart but
remember and treasure every occasion
that we met again. Sadly the last one was Uncle Des’s funeral
and I am sure they are reunited.
The website you have started is a beautiful tribute to wonderful
lady, wife, daughter, niece, aunt and cousin.
I have spent this evening digging out photos of our childhood including
her 3rd birthday, our time at Blackbush
(in our ridiculous clothes with whittled weapons), family occasions
through the years,
swimming at the Lido in Tottenham and just having fun in the Mitchell
Looking through them she really was a beautiful child (I look like
a trollop next to her!!!)
and she grew into a beautiful person. I will scan the photos in
the next week (I’m out of the office for four
days so may be early next week) and send to you with details so
that you can upload if you wish.
I am sure Mum has more and will send as I find them.
I have lost a partner, my father, Uncles, Mother-in-law and friends,
but never a cousin and I really didn’t
think it would hit me this hard – she was a huge part of my
childhood and I will never forget her.
Some people never have what the two of you had in a lifetime, you
are blessed that you had the best
17 years with an exceptionally special person who truly loved you.
My love to you, Aunt Liz, John, Cath, Sara, Livvy and of course
the family rock, my mum.
Although 9000 miles away, if there is anything I can do please don’t
hesitate to contact me anytime.
Much love (Cousin) Liz xxxxxx
Hello Steve. Words are difficult; Sarah and you have found this a
very difficult time however
I have to say you both have been an inspiration to me in your courageous
battle against the odds.
Sarah’s continuous focus on what can be achieved and her great
humour even in an obvious time of suffering has been humbling to all.
I thank her for her openness, laughter and courage
I am feeling and thinking of you Steve and thank you for bringing
Sarah into our lives.
Even though I did not know her well or for long she made a special
mark on my life.
My thoughts are with you Steve, and the family.
Sincere condolences mate
Dear Steve, I'm Speechless. She sure was a wonderful lady. We enjoyed
her company very much at
the movies and the restaurant. She was kind and thoughtful and we
admired her courage to fight on.
All the best Steve. We'll support you and her memory in anyway we
With our deepest sympathy,
Robin, Sachiko and Vivien
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!)
Steve, my condolences over your tragic loss. Sarah was simply a gentle
breeze who barely brushed
the check of my life but the hurricane energy that she gave your being
Russell kept me in touch with her gutsy fight and you must be immensely
proud of her strengh and achievements.
Time will stand still and
existence will feel terribly hollow but the wonderful memories that
you have will
comfort you; her legacy will sustain you. The conversations that
you will undoubtedly have centring on
Sarah will keep her light burning and pull you through these darkest
Freddie Burcombe and Jane
Hi Steve, Condolences to you and Sarah’s family and our thoughts
are with you in wha
must a very difficult time. Based on our chat at golf a few weeks
ago I recognise that Sarah’s quality
of life had deteriorated but I know that this does not make the inevitable
outcome any easier.
I will try to call you over the next couple of days. If you need to
get some space away from home give me a call;
you’re welcome to pop up to our place or we can get out for
a drink or another shocking game of golf.
Branden and family.
Dear Steve, It is hard to put into words how sad we were to receive
your e-mail yesterday. I have put some more
thoughts in a card which is on it's way to you and I shall be adding
some of my memories of Sarah to her website.
Our thoughts are with you at this extremely difficult time - I hope
you can find some of the same strength
that Sarah has had over the past 6 years - she really was truly amazing.
Please pass on our condolences to Sarah's family as well.
With love from Emma Damian and Tom
Steve, I have felt positively numb since reading your email so I cannot
begin to imagine how you feel.
Sarah was an amazing person and I feel very privileged to have known
her and enjoyed her company,
albeit on too few occasions.
I am sorry that I never managed to take her sailing as I know that
is something she wanted to do
but there is no doubt she packed an incredible amount into her cruelly
Just from my sporadic acquaintance with her I found Sarah to be caring
intelligent and succinct, positive and patient but above all she was
clearly resilient in fighting
a disease which has taken so many lives.
Keep it together Steve - Sarah would not have wanted you moping and
too much and whenever you fancy a weekend break in East Anglia let
Pat and family
Dear Steve, I am so sorry for your loss. At work, we walk around in
shock unable to accept that Sarah will not be
here next week, unable to accept the relentless attack on Sarah from
the cancer; Sarah, who was so good and so strong.
We were so blessed to have Sarah as part of our team. She was a gifted
paediatrician who gave
so much of herself to her work. She saved the lives of many small
vulnerable patients and Perth is a
much better place for Sarah having been here.
I cannot imagine how hard it must be for you.
I admire her strength. I admire your strength.
Take care of your self.
I wish you courage for the future.
My deepest sympathy to you and Sarah's Mum and family.
Sandra and I have been fortunate of having you and Sarah as friends
for more than four years. These news
are absolutely tragic, but we hope you can find peace thinking of
all the beautiful moments and the great
life the two of you had through all these years. Sarah's courage and
fighting spirit are going to stay with us forever.
We were also fortunate of sharing beautiful times with her and we
only have nice memories about her.
To you and your family we send all our love and wishes for consolation
in this difficult time.
May God give you strength and wisdom in this moment
Cesar and Sandra
Dear Steve, So very sorry to hear your news. I hope that it is a comfort
to you with the knowledge that Sarah died
with dignity amongst those who loved her, and the site is a wonderful
and growing tribute to her.
We have not met up for too long – a slight problem over geography,
but I will always remember the time you
‘came together’ as I was also there (with Russell and
Emma) 17 years ago. That trip to Kenya when you both
developed an unhealthy interest in bird watching at exactly the same
time had us all wondering what was going on initially,
but in retrospect I suspect something had been brewing for a while….
Sarah achieved so much in such a short time and
lived life to the full before, and later on in spite of, her illness-
she was an inspiration to us all.
Mark and Tina
Stephen, It's mum. What can I say. Sarah was a lovely daughter-in-law,
she always seemed to bounce back so
I never thought we'd lose her. I've shared some lovely times with
you both. Your wonderful wedding at Duncombe Park
with Mossy the caricaturist (I think we all queued to have our portraits
done) and recently the 40th party at
Hazelwood Castle, an occasion enjoyed by everyone - we even got (yet
again) to have a guitar interlude.
Holidays together - Sydney, Prague, Budapest and now Perth.
Sarah's mum Liz has been there to support you both, now its my turn
to support you.
You've loads of happy memories, lots of super friends and time is
a great healer.
I'm on my way and will be with you soon. Take care son, Love mumxx
Dear Steve, I can hardly write as I'm so upset. Eventhough I spoke
to you yesterday I felt I should write here
too and I was overwhelmed at how many people have already responded
and left messages for you.
It only confirms how popular you and Sarah were as a couple and how
much people care about you.
I will miss Sarah so much but she is no longer suffering and in pain.
She was a great sister-in-law - always so full of
energy, upbeat and positive with a bubbly sense of humour yet so calm
and down to earth too. Even in the most
difficult days of her illness her humour and courage prevailed. When
her hair grew back a different colour she
told me she'd always wanted to be blonde! She was a good listener
too. I remember when she rang me to talk abou
IVF and offer advice. She was having chemotherapy at the time yet
was so selfless. I will never forget that call.
You were like two peas in a pod, both sharing the same adventurous
spirit. I'm so glad you found each other and
managed to create your dream home and life together. I'm sure in time
you'll look back and cherish all your
wonderful memories and photos ( there are so many!) although it is
so painful at the moment.
I will never forget Sarah and I will make sure that Ellen knows all
about her "Auntie Sarah".
I'm so pleased you were able to visit when she was born and see each
other through "skype".
I wish I could be in Australia. Mum and Dad will be with you soon
but you know I will help you in any way
I can and I'm thinking about you every minute of every day.
Lots and lots of love,
Sarah, Ryan and Ellen xxx
I am proud to have been Sarah's father-in-law. I used to joke with
her that she was my favourite daughter-in-law
when in fact she is the only one I have, but even if she wasn't I'm
sure she would come out on top.
I will miss the "banter" and ridiculous sense of humour
we shared. Stephen and Sarah had such a strong bond
which made a sound and loving marriage.
Steve, I'll be with you in a few days to offer all my support, and
remember, strong men do cry.
Dear Steve, my heart sunk when I saw the title of your email. I am
so desperately sorry to hear that Sarah lost
her battle after fighting so hard for the past six years. Life must
seem very cruel to you at this moment,
but I’m sure you take comfort from the fabulous memories you
have because you both made sure that
Sarah’s life was not wasted one bit. I’m glad we had the
opportunity to see you both at Beccy’s party last year,
and that we saw Sarah looking well and very happy.
If/when you’re back in England you are always very welcome to
come and stay, or just use us as a
B&B if you want to escape into the Lake District.
Take care, and don’t let those Duracell batteries drain away.
Giles’ and my thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
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DE LA ROUMANIE...
JE PARTAGE VOTRE CHAGRIN ET VOUDRAIS VOUS PRESENTER TOUTES MES SINCERES
IL N Y A PAS DE MOTS POUR EXPRIMER CET IMMENSE PERTE D UNE SI BONNE
ET GENEREUSE PERSONE QUI VOUS RENDEZ HEUREUX ET AVEC QUI VOUS AVEZ
QU ALLEZ VOUS FAIRE MAINTENANT ???????????
JE ME DOUTE QUE CA VA ETRE DUR POUR VOUS AU DEBUT. BON COURAGE CHER
MES PENSEES ET COEUR SONT AVEC VOUS .
Hi Steve, thanks for letting us know, we are so sad to hear of Sarah’s
passing and send our condolences to
you and the family. It seems so sad that Sarah spent so many hours
giving life to wee little things only to have
her own cut short so cruelly. It must be an incredibly difficult time
for you and Sarah’s family.
I was actually dropping a friend of mum’s home on Wednesday
evening and drove past your house and it seemed so
dark and quiet. I hope that it will gradually get a little lighter
over coming months and we are thinking
of you as you grieve at this time.
We fly to New Zealand on Monday until early June so may not be around
for the funeral
but please do keep us posted on the details.
Danicia and Martin
Dear Steve and Liz, we were so very sad to hear the news on Thursday,
which came as a big shock even though
we knew Sarah was very unwell.
She was a truly beautiful person, always laughing and smiling and
planning her next sporting challenge or her next trip overseas.We
have lovely memories of Sarah from the last few years here in Perth.....going
Kylie and Robbie......fish and chips at Cottesloe beach.......dinners
out at Vans..............and many more.
The last few months must have been so difficult for you,but you all
managed her illness with
such incredible strength and diginity - a real inspiration. We will
miss her greatly.
Whenever you are up to a having a beer, a round of golf or a trip
to the cricket....
we are here and our door is always open.
Thinking of you, lots of love Alice and Donald
Dear Steve & Sarah's family.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at this most difficult of times.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Sarah
since we started our medical training together all those years ago.
She was a good friend, determined, courageous
and full of life. I am so glad that our paths in life crossed.
I feel honoured to have had Sarah as a friend, and I will miss her
dearly. We are all in the midst of grief,
but with time we will be able to reflect on our times with Sarah and
enjoy many fond memories.
She remains an inspiration to us all.
With love always, Liz, Khurshid, Patrick & Daniel
Dear Steve, Liz & Family,
We are deeply saddened to hear of Sarah's death. Our memories are
of a leggy girl with flying hair,
always smiling and laughing and ready for a chat.
The children enjoyed life playing pom-pom, batting shuttle cocks over
the garden fence into each others garden,
trying their best to knock the heads off the flowers, to our vociferous
displeasure. In the summer holidays they
rode their bikes and went for picnics on the common. The children
in Michaelmas Close generally enjoyed being
together and there were such a lot of them.
It is difficult to take in, that the little girl who lived next door,
who we watched growing up over the years
emerging from a chrysalis into a beautiful, confident, fully fledged
consultant, is no longer with us.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Your grief and pain must be unendurable.
Sarah was so young and full of promise,
life will never be the same again. At the moment life is full of sorrow
but in time you will be able to draw strength
from the fantastic life Sarah was able to share with you even though
it was such a short one.
Life is not fair. Why should such a lovely girl with such a zest for
life be snapped up in her prime? We hope that
Sarah is now at peace away from the pain & suffering she has endured
with such fortitude.
Our love and thoughts are with you all at this tragic time and we
hope you can draw comfort from each other.
We are so very sorry.
Betty, Bob, Hugo and Lizzy.
Steve, I am so so sorry. My heart goes out to you and Sarah's family.
Sarah was so young and talented
- such a loss to her patients and those dear. She clearly battled
hard, and managed to achieve so much
- such a cruel disease. I am glad that you have family around you
so you can give each other support.
We too are battling cancer in the family. David's Dad is very ill
again - the stomach cancer is back.
They will operate on him in 2 weeks time and take the rest of his
A stressful time for all the family - we're all finding it tough.
Think of all the wonderful times you had together Steve, even if you
feel like weeping now.
Hope that you find strength to get through the memorial service.I'll
be thinking of you.
I was so sad to hear the news. As you know, Steve, I unfortunately
knew Sarah for only a relatively short time,
but she made such a deep impression as a warm and courageous person
in the face of everything she was coping with.
I am relieved that Sarah is not suffering any longer. As many others
have pointed out here, she will be very sadly missed.
Please pass on my condolences to the family and let me know whatever
I can do to assist.
It was a privilege to be able to spend some time with you both. Stay
in regular contact.
Dear Steve and and Liz, although we were expecting to receive the
news of Sarah for some time,
it was a terrible shock. It was so lovely to speak to her last week
and she sounded so positive and brave.
We really appreciate the fact that you came to tell us the sad news
of her prognosis last year.
Thank you for looking after our home so well and we chose you because
of the good vibrations we felt from you both.
Our thoughts are with you both and her family at this very sad time.
You have made a wonderful home and it is good that Sarah saw it completed.
Please do not hesitate to ask us, if there is anything we can do,
both now and in the future.
Love to you both
Malcolm and Marjorie
Dear Liz, Steve, John, Cath and Livy
What can we say - words are inadequate at a time like this and we
cannot begin to know what you must be
going through but our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.
Sarah was a lovely person and accomplished so much in her life and
reading the wonderful tributes we
can see that Steve is also a very special person.
You are a wonderful family and we know that you will pull together
and get through this terrible time.
If we can be of help please do not hesitate to contact us.
Maureen and Ken xxxx
Good Morning, I have known Sarah for nearly 4 years through working
at Priness Margaret Hospital and even though
I didn’t know her all that much, what I do know is that I have
never met someone so kind hearted and caring,
she always had a beautiful smile on her face and no-one will ever
take that away.
I admired her as she was so very strong and always stayed positive,
I send my deepest
sympathy to all her family and friends and hope that her memory will
forever be held within their hearts,
Cher Steve, Je viens de découvrir ton email de la semaine dernière
(inexplicablement il est arrivé à mon ancienne adresse)
et je viens de consulter le site pour Sarah.
Et je te tiens à te faire part de mes sincères condoléances,
de ma compassion et de ma tristesse.
Je pense qu'il n'y a pas grand-chose susceptible de te consoler et
le seul soulagement que je ressens
est de savoir que Sarah a cessé de souffrir.
Et je suis très sensible à la dignité dont tu
as fait preuve pendant tout ce malheur.
Je suis de tout coeur avec toi et sache que si tu as besoin de quoi
que ce soit, je serai libre alors n'hésite surtout pas à
Sincèrement, toute mon amitié
Dear Steve, so sorry to hear the news. Sincere condolences. Life is
a strange and beautiful thing.
Our lives feel so huge, real, even indestructible; yet everything
Transformation is fundamental to our Universe, and Sarah's passing
from this life is yet another
manifestation of this impermanence. But from the moment she was conceived,
the ripples of her existence began to spread. We are all impermanent,
yet our existence leaves an indelible mark on the Universe. Nothing
comes from nowhere.
Nothing ceases to be.
I wish you peace, and strength in time.
Dear Steve, I was so sorry to hear from Alice and Donald that Sarah
passed away last week.
I have such wonderful memories of the time we spent together at Cottesloe
Beach this summer
when although Sarah was clearly unwell she was still full of life,
even getting into the sea.
I have a very nice photo of that day.
As you say in your email which D&A sent on to me, Sarah was indeed
inspirational in her fight with with cancer.
After she left Queen's, I met her at the Royal Free when she was just
diagnosed. I remarked that she had
lost a lot of weight and she told me why. Then she wrote me a very
kind letter for my retirement before
she relapsed, not even mentioning how she was but replied that all
was well. So it was with great sadness
I heard from her later that she had deteriorated.
I know you will be devastated. It sounds as though you have very strong
family ties and people around.
I will certainly donate to her trust. Sarah was one of my best trainees
- I thought very highly of her not just
as a doctor but as a very fine kind woman.
In this very sad time I wish you all strength. You will be in my prayers.
With greatest sympathy
Dear Steve, I was so saddened to hear of your loss of Sarah. Although
I had never met her,
I could sense the deep and protective love you had for her and also
the courage it took for both
of you to face what you knew would one day come. There were times
I felt that songs you played on the
piano were really for her such as Singing in the Rain. It's so great
to see her on pictures on this
sight and get a sense of what a beautiful person she is. My deepest
sympathy to you and all your family.
I'm sure her life will be celebrated and continued in so many ways
through all of you.
Dear Steve, Lizzie and family - All the Albermans were deeply sorry
to hear the sad news and will be
sending messages separately. We did not know Sarah well, although
of course Eva knew her as a student,
but we followed news of her career closely and admiringly, and with
growing dismay heard of the
terrible progress of her illness. Her fighting back was magnificent,
and her courage in continuing to work,
and apparently make the most of life, remarkable.
We have been thinking of all of you with great sympathy and love.
Ken and Eva
Liz, Steve and family members
The last thing that Jack and I wanted to hear was that Sarah had lost
her long battle against cancer.
Although you and Steve had been preparing for the worst for some time
it is still a devastating blow when it happens.
While we know that words are only a small gesture of support we want
you to know that her
spirit and courage touched many people’s lives as it has ours.
We remember Sarah and John playing in the Close with Bryan and Jacqueline
when they were
small children and we have watched Sarah grow and make a success of
When we told Bryan and Jacqueline yesterday they were both extremely
shocked by your sad news.
We cannot begin to understand how you are all feeling but our thoughts
are with you all at this heart rendering time.
Our deepest sympathy and love to you and yours.
Eleanor & Jack
It is so hard to accept that we will not see Sarah’s smiling
face come into our office ever again.
Sarah was such a warm, caring, positive person with a fun sense of
humour and working
with her was always the greatest pleasure.
Although we only knew her for a short time through
PMH our lives have been touched forever by her.
All my sympathy to her husband and family.
Dear Steve & Liz, we are all so sad to hear that Sarah has lost
her valiant fight against this devastating disease.
Her remarkable determination, courage and strength was tremendous.
All this, as well as her kindness, sense of fun and the many good
times we all shared
together will always be remembered. She was a lovely girl and it was
our privilege to have known and loved her.
You were both blessed with a strong love for each other and have more
memories than most
hope to achieve in two lifetimes. Your strength, Steve, and Liz’s
presence will have been a great comfort to Sarah.
Stay strong now and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you
and the family.
We are here, as always, should you need us.
Much love to you and Sarah’s family.
Pete, Jan & family
Dear Steve, I was greatly saddened to receive the tragic news .
As you know more than anyone else, Sarah was a most wonderful friend
Over the years, we bumped into each other less and less, as our careers
took different paths,
but despite her illness, move to Perth, and extremely full life, Sarah
always found the time for
old friends and to stay in touch. It was typical of her (and yours
!) warmth and hospitality that
when we met in Perth last November, I felt that I had known you both
for years despite distances in time and place.
I was extremely heartened to see her so positive and so full of life,
which for me, makes the news more devastating.
As you say, I think there are few words that can express your and
your family's loss.
For me it was a privilege to have known her.
Thinking of you and your family
Atul (colleague from the Whittington Hospital)
Dear Steve, I am so very very sorry. Sarah was a wonderful colleague
and a lovely friend.
She bore her illness with such grace and good humour. I will never
forget her laughter and pleasure at her
fluffy hair regrowth post chemotherapy! That she faced it all with
such courage and spirit is a
testament to who she was. She will be greatly missed by all of us
who were lucky enough to work with her.
I am sure many parents will remember her too, for the care she gave
to them and their babies.
Thinking of you and her family at this terrible time,
It is with overwhelming sadness that we are sending you all, our love
and condolences at this very difficult time.
Steve, we have followed your wonderful adventures and achievements
Sarah's very proud Mum, Liz, our neighbour. Sarah was an outstanding
young lady in
every aspect of her life. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion for life
This website reflects and celebrates an amazing life...because that
is what Sarah did...she LIVED with a capital L.
Those of us whose lives she touched are blessed. Thinking of you,
love from Pam and David, Oliver and Daniel.
Steve, growing up listening to your adventures together around the
world, your life in
Oz and seeing how much fun you had together has made such a massive
impression on me.
Ever since I can remember I've been listening to stories and looking
at pictures of Africa,
South America and the Far East, Just a tiny example of my favourite
places. Places that I could only dream about.
I've been so fortunate now to have experienced the world for myself
and the passion
you shared for travelling will certainly live on in me!
Sarah was such an amazing person that is the only way I describe her!
I remember her teaching me judo
VERY badly in the living room, she always had a smile even when you
were learning guitar!
Sarah has been the biggest inspiration for me and if I enjoy my life
half as much as she did then
there's nothing more I could want! I know she'll be burning some rubber
in the little red Fiat Uno
stuck on 0mph under Blackwall Tunnel for the rest of my life!
lots of love
Dear Steve, a short note to let you know we are, and have been,
thinking of you and Sarah each and every day at this very sad time.
Ruth and I have some great memories of Sarah; dancing at your 40th
eating Chinese at Mum and Dad’s (do you remember that was the
first time we saw you
wearing glasses and laughing!); wine tasting in Oz! There are far
too many to mention.
We all obviously loved her very much and we are very lucky to have
known such a fun loving,
kind and incredibly bright person. I will remember her happily and
miss her very much.
If there is anything at all Gary and I can do for you, please contact
us without hesitation.
We are hoping that you can meet our beautiful new arrival Jake soon.
All my love,
Dear Steve, we were really saddened to hear about the death of Sarah.
Please accept our deepest sympathy to you, Sarah's family and your
You both showed great courage as you faced this illness together.
Sarah was such a lovely gentle person whom it was a privilege to know.
She related so well with the families of her patients. Together you
lived life to the full enjoying so much.
It will be a difficult time for you and the family but the memories
and support of family and friends
will comfort you and knowing that the pain has now stopped for Sarah.
If there is anything we can do to help please just ask us.
Love Rosie & Ronnie
Liz,Steve and Family,
Steve, I'm affraid i have never met you, or spoken to Yourself or
Sarah in any depth.
I am Liz's neighbour back in england and having just returned from
a course, learnt that Sarah has passed away.
Over the last few months I have drawn such profound inspiration hearing
of Sarah's struggle and fight with cancer.
It is with sincere honesty that I say i have never been more inspired
and influenced by someone i have never met.
In what i do , I am and will continue to encounter many cold Dark
places and seemingly insurmountable challenges,
It is through Liz's stories of Sarah's resiliance,strength and determination
that have provided me
with all the reasons Ive needed or I think ever will need to get through
Im affraid i always assumed I would get the oppourtunity to thank
Sarah for that Inspiration,
I am deeply sadened that I will not. I will take her example with
me in all that i do,
and I know of many young people i will soon command that need a rolemodel
I am learning that the army teaches its recruits and new generation
through the stories of their predecessors,
I hope you would allow me from time to time to use Sarahs life to
inspire the men and women that serve with me.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Dear Steve, Debi and I were deeply saddened to read of Sarah’s
passing. Both Debi and
I will always remember with fondness our meetings with Sarah, especially
the last time we were together
in Perth when we sat on the grass, overlooking the beach at Hilary’s,
chatting in the sun while we all watched the boys play.
Sarah looked so well and happy and the conversation was so rich and
We are just so sorry that in the last 18 months since then we have
not been back to
Perth and did not have a chance to see you both again. Together you
were like a
single soul and it was always amazing to see and know how happy you
were with each other.
You were and will always be a rare case of the perfect couple, of
true soul mates and
with Sarah’s passing we will celebrate the joy you clearly brought
to each other.
If there is anything we can do to support you at this time please
don’t hesitate to let us know.
Deepest condolences and best wishes
Barry and Debi
I had known Sarah since 1985 when we both started at the London Hospital
but more importantly were in the same hall of residence.
There were six girls in the hall from the London and we were there
for 2 years.
We then moved out into 2 councils flats in the east end - Sarah was
with Helen and Joanne and I
was with Liz and Johanna but we all still kept in close contact.
I remember several weekends away with the walking club that Sarah
and I both belonged to
- it was always great to get out of London albeit in a rickety old
minibus arriving at a campsite
in the pouring rain at midnight! If we weren't camping then we stayed
in some pretty dire bunkhouses
but I was always impressed with how Sarah just mucked in and got on
One of my other memories of Sarah was on our holiday in Kenya when
I think that the rest of us
(me, Russell and Mark) became aware of something blossoming between
her and "the northerner".
There were lots of comments being thrown around about Steve being
into "bird watching"
but it finally dawned on us when we caught the two of them listening
to the same
walkman sharing the earpieces between themselves.
I shall always remember Sarah and Steves wedding - what a great day
we all had and what an amazing setting.
Sarah looked stunning and what a great speech she made, almost upstaging
Steve and Russell.
She inspired me to make a speech at my own wedding although it was
not a patch on hers.
One of my other memories was catching up with Sarah and Steve one
bank holiday weekend
when we were both camping in the Lake District. Sarah had just found
the lump in her
breast and was awaiting the biopsy results. We had a great walk in
(Sarah, Steve, my husband Damian and young son Tom), got absolutely
and ended up drying out in a teashop. That was when I first realised
how resilient and brave
she was going to be - she and Steve both just "got on with the
weekend" although deep
down they both must have been extremely worried.
I am so grateful that Sarah and Steve have been so good at keeping
in touch - something that I' for one,
wish I had been better at. It was great to see them in September last
year when they came to stay with
us for the weekend. It was obvious at that time that Sarah was becoming
I was so impressed with how openly she was able to talk about her
illness and how brave and
optimistic she remained. She really was an inspiration to us all and
I feel honoured to have known her.
Dear Steve, I'm so sad to receive your E-mail, my heart goes out to
you and your families.
Although we had lost touch, I often wondered how Sarah was, but had
no idea she had taken so ill.
It seems so terribly unfair, and it's at times like this that you
wonder why life can be so cruel.
I remember commenting to Mat what an inspiration she was when we were
living in Perth, she was so very brave.
Last week was 3 years since Mat died, and believe it or not the time
has flown (I thought it would stand still!)
I'm pleased to say that life has taken a positive turn recently, and
I have a lovely man in my life,
and we're planning a future together. Mat will always have a place
in my heart, and I'm still close to his family,
but thankfully my partner is very accepting of that.
My thoughts are with you over these hard times
- I'm sure you'll agree, it's amazing what inner strength families
seem to find to cope with tragedy.
This is to let you know how sorry I am about Sarah.
Sarah inspired us all with her courage and optimism in spite of all
the problems she had to face.
It seems as if every time she overcame one hurdle another one presented
itself. It all seemed so unfair.
In spite of all this Sarah was a very conscientious doctor who made
a big contribution to our Unit and
especially to Neonatal transport.
I hope you can now also look to the future as I'm sure Sarah would
Dear Steve, I am very sad to hear your news. This is such a loss and
I cannot imagine how you must be feeling.
Cancer is such an awful disease and I am sure you feel anger, frustration,
sad and even at times joy that you met
Sarah and was able to spend the years that you did have together,
My mum was diagnosed last year with cancer and I feel at times cheated
that she has this illness.
I know that the next few days, months and indeed years will be filled
with a mix of emotions,
but Sarah will hopefully help you through it. You will always have
such beautiful memories and it is those
memories that will get you through each day – Sarah will want
you to live your life to the full and that is what you must do.
You lived it to the full with her, and you owe it to her to remain
My thoughts are very much with you and this very difficult time for
I had the privelege of working with Sarah over the past few years,
& more recently as Co-Director of WANTS.
I was always amazed by Sarah's positive attitude to life, and her
immense courage and dignity with
which she fought this disease. Sarah will always be an inspiration
to me, & she will be sorely missed,
& her memories treasured.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Ith kindest regards,
Dear Steve, I think we only met on a few occasions when Sarah was
still working for me at the
London and you were in your flat on Old Ford Road but I was very saddened
to hear from Donald and Alice
that Sarah had died. I had known she had been unwell and had hoped
that she might have made a fuller recovery.
She was a strong and courageous person and I have to say that I feel
privileged to have known her
– even in the very superficial way that I did. She was an excellent
doctor and a very down to earth
person in whom one could have absolute trust.
You will be in my prayers and those of my family
With all good wishes for your future whatever it may hold
Dear Steve, Liz, John and Sara, Cath and Livy, all our memories of
Sarah, inseparable from Steve, are fun-filled.
You brought your photos to show us after many exciting overseas ventures
- Iceland stands out strongly
-,or on a flying visit from Oz, you would just pop in.
Before then, over some three years, you joined us in tasting, drinking
about fine wines from the great wine regions of France and Spain,
in company with our god-
daughter Vicki, also a doctor, and her lawyer husband, Andrew. To
have these four bright,
talented young people at our dinner table was both a privilege and
a joy. As an offshoot,
you and I, Steve, spent several pleasant hours honing your excellent
French and Spanish
More recently, what a Surprise Party you threw for our Golden Wedding:
Liz and Des, Sarah and Steve, John and Sara, Cath and Livy. To celebrate
the occasion with
our extended family was very special. Sadly, Des was already very
And now we grieve with you for our dear Sarah.
With our love
Iris and Denys
Dear Steve, 11p.m. here so 6a.m. in Perth. You're probably awake anyway.
I keep thinking how Sarah always started sentences with a laugh.
I'll always remember her that way, as well as being caring, interested,
Sarah was remarkable and your years together very special.
I hope today to be a celebration of Sarah and her life.
Thinking of you, especially tonight/tomorrow.
Lots of love,
Sam and Neil
Dear Steve, I had received the tragic news about Sarah via Colette.
Michelle and I were truly shocked and we can
only begin to imagine what a loss this is for you and for Sarah's
family. We have looked at Sarah's website
which is both joyful and moving and a lovely tribute to someone who
obviously led a very full and happy life
- in fact Michelle and I often used to cite you two to friends as
a great example of people who remained steadfastly
determined to get the most of out life despite Sarah's illness. I
am sure today's service will reflect and celebrate that spirit.
We wish you all the strength you need to come to terms with this loss-
our thoughts are with you and with Sarah's family
Dik & Michelle
Hi Steve, so sorry to hear of Sarah’s death last week. We are
both very upset – for you Steve and for Sarah
who was so brave in the past few years. It’s awful that she
died so young.
The only consolation is that she led a fun-filled and action-packed
life and you have so many
wonderful memories of your time together.
Hopefully in time you can start to look forward to the future again.
Thinking of you at this sad time and with our deep sympathies.
Lots of love
Liz and Dave
On behalf of the Board and Fellows of the Royal Australasian College
I write to offer you and your family our deepest sympathy on the death
of your wife, Dr Sarah Mitchell.
We regret the passing of such a vibrant young woman from our profession.
Professor Napier Thomson
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
We were lucky enough to meet Sarah with Steve at Denys and Iris' famous
They were wonderful evenings, full of conversation and laughter and
we look back on them with such pleasure.
It is very hard to imagine that someone so kind and full of fun has
been lost at such a young age.
Our love and thoughts are with everyone who is missing her so much.
Vicki and Andrew
Dear Steve, it was with great sadness that I received the news that
Sarah's battle against cancer had ended.
I wish you and those close to you both my heartfelt wishes & sincere
I never once forgot about you both in Australia, though I wasn't often
I first met Sarah properly in year 3 of Yateley comprehensive school.
I can remember one time when we had a balloon debate amongst our form
(year 4 or 5 Mr Mathews class)
Sarah turned up in character as David Bellamy, voice & beard!
She fought a good cause and I believe she was
one of the last few if not the winner. And what a good David Bellamy
impersonation it was!
I always thought of her as a friend, someone I could rely on for help
After A' it was a pleasant surprise to bump into Sarah at The London
I was in the Dental department training as a nurse & hygienist
whilst Sarah worked really hard over in the medical college.
We met a few times and Sarah even sponsored me for a Cancer Research
abseil one year that I was was
doing in memory of a family member.
I was glad that you had a fantastic life in Australia and so sorry
it had to end far to early.
Our deepest sympathies.
Janet Slimm nee: Claydon & family
Dear Steve, Aunt Liz, John and Cath,
All of us are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Sarah
was so brave throughout her battle with this
terrible disease, never giving up hope and still living her life to
the full, even up to her last days.
The website is a wonderful way of celebrating Sarah's life and sharing
your beautiful memories of her.
The pictures are truly an inspiration to everyone and really capture
how, despite her life being so sadly cut short
in this way, she had achieved so much and had so much to be proud
of. Sarah had excelled in her profession,
she had been a great sportswoman, she had travelled the world and
she was loved by wide circle of friends and family.
Sarah was successful in everything she did. She touched so many people
and saved so many lives.
Her life made a real difference to the world and the world is a worse
place without her,
although I am sure she is now at peace in a better place.
We were all thinking of you all on the day of the funeral.
It was hard not to be able to be there with you to show our support,
but our thoughts are with you all.
Lots of love
Naomi, and Hakan, Linda and Bijen
Steve, my only daughter was one of the premature babies that Sarah
cared for during the first half of 2007.
I only new Sarah for a few months, and during that time, she was often
absent from work.
In retrospect it seems so obvious that she was seriously unwell; at
the time, however,
she was so positive and full of energy that we never thought to ask.
During the period that Sarah was engaged in her own fight for life,
there was at least one instance where she directly saved my daughter
Late on a Sunday evening, my daughter Annie had shifted her breathing
tube, and her blood oxygen rapidly dropped.
The registrar on duty was unable to get the tube back into Annie's
She hand ventilated Annie for almost an hour before Sarah arrived
and immediately reinserted the tube.
It was only Sarah's skill at inserting the breathing tube into the
tiny airway that allowed Annie to resume breathing.
Annie is now a healthy 16 month old infant. Other than a severe visual
she escaped her time at PMH almost unscathed.
I know that no words of mine could erase your grief, but you should
take comfort from the fact that
Sarah was still granting the gift of a full life even when she herself
was undergoing treatment.
With everlasting gratitude for Sarah's lifetime of contribution, regards,
Paul McFadden - Flight Lieutenant
Dear Steve, Sarah was a great person, totally committed to her
work, and making a difference,
which she did so excellently. Our paths crossed in that as you both
came to OZ, I ended up in Royal London
working with people she trained with, who all thought so highly
She was a very warm sincere person and will be truly missed for
many many years we should have had her.
With love and condolences
Dear Steve, thank you for taking the time to let us know about Sarah.
Sarah and I often chatted while we were at the Gawler Centre together.
I spent 11 years in Perth during the 80's and had even done some of
my training at Princess Margaret hospital.
As a fellow breast cancer sufferer we had something in common but
any temptation on my
part to feel sorry for myself soon disappeared when I met Sarah
- at least I have reached the age of 56 and have been fortunate enough
to bring up my family.
Sarah amazed me with her strength and, even though it was apparent
that she had a battle on her hands,
she showed great humour also. I know she felt blessed that her life
with you had been so rich.
Her concerns were only for those she might leave behind and not for
Such a beautiful life tragically cut short - my heart is heavy. The
website is a lovely tribute.
My thoughts are with you and the rest of Sarah's family.
Dear Steve, we have been away, and I just read your email from May
telling us about Sarah.
Ricardo and I and the family wish to send you our condolences.
We were all so sorry to hear that Sarah had finally succumbed after
so many years of her valiant fight.
I presume you have heard about us from Liz with whom I have kept in
touch all these years,
since we all met in Mexico on a holiday. We have never met you, and
I had not seen Sarah for years,
but Liz always kept us up to date on everyone's lives.
I wonder if Liz is still in Australia. We will be going to UK at the
end of July to stay with our son Rick,
also a doctor, so I will try to phone her from there and send her
a card. If she is still with you,
please give her our love and all our thoughts are with you at this
sad, sad time.
Thank you for letting us know.
We wish you all the best,
Susan and Ricardo Pinto and family.
Dear Steve, I was very saddened to hear of Sarah's passing,
but did receive some comfort from the very endearing and affectionate
message you sent Heather.
Sarah really was a solid rock of a doctor, who was utterly reliable
both in emergencies and in clinic, where she often bore the load alone.
She combined this with a delightful personality and good sense of
I appreciate that you are supporting a charity in Australia in Sarah's
but perhaps it might also be an idea to have some commemoration at
I shall discuss with Heather what form this might take,
and perhaps you might let me know if this is ok with you?
Dear Steve, I was so sorry to hear that Sarah had passed away. I only
ever met her once
– at the 10 day Gawler program last year. I shared a room with
her and Kate.
I must say we laughed and laughed – usually at the silliest
things. We laughed so much late at night,
that the older couple called us the giggling gerties. They loved the
sound of our laughter.
My sister died of cancer three days after Sarah and I think you will
agree that as much as we are missing them,
the suffering has ended.
They are always with us.
Take care and God bless.
Steve, I'm really sorry to hear your news:
I can only send you my deepest commiserations and trust you will mobilise
considerable strength to get through this period. I never really got
to know Sarah,
but I am well aware how much she meant to you, and how much you will
Should you be travelling over in the next few months I would love
to meet up and talk.
I am out of the darkness of Canary Wharf and am back at the Revenue
You'll always be welcome to come over for a coffee or lunch.
Your news has really saddened me but I know you're a strong bloke
and will come through this.
All I can do is sent you my deepest sympathy and best wishes for the
All the best, Martin Cook
I met Sarah in July last year when we ‘Went to Gawler’
– I too have a cancer diagnosis.
I remember – Sarah’s passion for her work; her helping
her patients. Sarah’s intelligence
– her informed approach. Sarah’s quiet thoughtfulness
yet her ability to communicate,
to speak at the right time. Sarah had a dignity, an inner strength.
And her vulnerability
– the strength to shed tears.
Take care and God Bless