About Sarah

I’m a Christ-following stay-at-home mom with 4 kids under the age of 13. When I am not wearing my mom hat, I enjoy getting away with my husband, studying my Bible with a cup of coffee by my side, and catching my breath from the demands and stresses of life. In my spare time, which is pretty much never, I have grown to love writing and speaking about what the Lord is teaching me in His Word and through the trials that He has allowed in my life. I have had the privilege of writing for Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Revive Our Hearts, Christianity Today, Unlocking the Bible, Crosswalk, and Challies.com, and have co-authored (along with Kristen Wetherell) Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (2017). And I am thrilled to announce that my husband, Jeff, and I are releasing a follow-up book for marriages navigating the trials of life, called Together Through the Storms: Biblical Encouragements For Your Marriage When Life Hurts (May 1st, 2020). 

Less than three years into our marriage, we excitedly wel- comed our first child into the world. All was going well until he spiked a fever and was hospitalized with a severe infection at seven weeks old. After five days in the hospi- tal with terrifying, inconclusive reports, we were sent home without answers. We thought it was an isolated incident, but over time it turned into years of life-altering neurolog- ical challenges that have forever changed our family’s lives.

Every day, we helplessly watched as our sweet, smart, funny little boy would turn into someone else, displaying behavior that was extremely difficult to control and navigate.

Countless consultations, tests, and evaluations left doctors shaking their heads, and all we were left with in the end was an increased financial burden, a stressful home life, and growing fears for him and us.Along with that, my health was rapidly declining, and with each of our four children that I bore, I was increasingly unable to function through my chronic pain and illness. On top of that, an ankle injury that I sustained in high school has now led to five surgeries and an inability to do much of what I love anymore – and increasingly losing my ability to walk.

As our son’s disorder continued to intensify, and as I grew sicker and our younger children began to exhibit their own chronic pains, my husband’s job as a consultant to orthopedic surgeons often kept him from being home. Our marriage began to suffer under the weight of it all.

In 2015, we were led to a group of doctors who connected my many symptoms to Lyme disease and, over the following year, the growing symptoms in each of our children led to testing that revealed the illness had been passed on to each one of them. The medical community gave us conflicting advice and very little support, but the growing neurological and physical ailments in each of our children were impossible to deny, and became increasingly confusing and expensive to navigate.

We were at our lowest point, and convinced that we couldn’t endure anything else, and so it became clear that Jeff could no longer sustain his on-call job. So he left it behind, along with half of our income. We sold our dream home and downsized to a smaller rental home.

A year later, his new company began to struggle and suddenly was without a job—leaving us with no income at all. Our family was in crisis. Most of our time spent together as a couple consisted of doctor appointments, navigating challenges with our son, soothing crying and hurting children, discussing what treatments we could afford, healing from each of the nine surgeries undergone between the two of us, dealing with Sarah’s chronic pain, and stressing about our draining finances, all the while being too exhausted to address the tensions that were building within our marriage. 

We were both broken and both wondering where God was and why he was allowing such deep and layered suffering. As we endured one loss after another, we found ourselves battling despair and hopelessness, and being confronted with deep questions of faith that neither of us had faced before. We were surviving, but we—and our marriage—were hanging on by a thread.

But we’re still here. Still together. And, somehow, stronger for it all.

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God held us up and enabled us not only to survive, but to see the good gifts he had given us along the way. Though it’s been harder than we ever imagined, there have also been moments of laughter, sweet memories, and undeserved gifts. Somehow, in each moment of each day, God has helped us press on, has held our marriage together when we haven’t had the strength to fight for it ourselves, and has taught us to find joy, even within the sorrow. And by his grace, he continues to hold us up each and every day, despite many of our circumstances remaining the same.

Although we often feel alone, as if no one can imagine what life is like for us, God tells us that nothing is new under the sun. We all know pain, in one form or another. Therefore, my hope is that the Lord will use my pain and heartache to encourage others to come to know Him as their Savior and point them to His all-sufficient grace for whatever road they are on. I pray that He will speak through me to those who need to be reminded that there is a greater hope than anything this world can offer. As my hope in this world has increasingly faded, my hope in the Lord and promised eternity in His glory has increasingly grown. 

Moment by moment, God is teaching me to let go of what I think I want and need and, instead, fix my eyes on things of eternal value. I often fail and, at times, feel like I’m holding onto faith the size of a mustard seed. But Christ will be faithful until the end. Until then, I take up my cross daily and seek to follow him as He writes a story in my life that is so much bigger than me.

Clinging to Christ,

Sarah Walton

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166 thoughts on “About Sarah”

  1. Hi Sarah, I help author Randy Alcorn with his blog. He would like your permission to reuse your article (www.desiringgod.org/articles/pray-them-home) on his own blog (www.epm.org/blog). Desiring God has let us know they’re OK with that as long as we get permission from the author. Thanks for your consideration!

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      1. How can I live with Lyme
        The pain and fear is too much
        I wish God would heal me to last year so l could cope

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      2. Hi Sarah, have you looked at Be in Health in Thomaston? Please pray about looking into this for your family.

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      3. Sarah, I’m sorry to post in the reply section, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it otherwise. I’m a realatively new writer and I have many personal experiences to draw from when talking about Jesus Christ and the hope I have in him. I have a son with special needs and want to protect his identity. How does a writer, who is seeking publication do this? My inclination is to use a pen name and pseudo name for him. Thank you!

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      4. Hi Robyn, that’s a really hard thing to do well. I think you mostly need to pray about what you’d be ok with him seeing someday (to whatever extent he could understand). It’s a hard line to walk – sharing in a way that will help others while also protecting the child that is involved. I still find this a very hard road to navigate!

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      5. Thank you so much Sarah. My son is 22 and God has allowed and used many hard circumstances to write not only my son’s story but our family as a whole. I know there are many that share a similar experience, but my husband and I are praying about what I share and also what my son is comfortable with. I love your writing and you and your family have so much to share through the hard reality of Lyme’s disease x 5. Blessings on your journey.

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      6. Hi Sarah,
        I have a similar request for permissionto reprint. May we print your article “Do You Resent the Life God Gave You” as part of a handout for a small group reading and discussion session in a one day mini-conference taking place at my local church, CIT (churchintoronto.com)? We would be sure to indicate proper credits.

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      7. Hi Sarah! I would love to speak with you over the phone! I passed Lyme to my son; and the lord showed me I got it from my mom and my daughter result equivocal but with many symptoms! We truly have miracle stories of how the a lord revealed this disease. It sounds our stories are very similar and I stumbled upon your website! Is there a way we could chat sometime!
        Carrie

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  2. Sarah, thank you so much for strengthening your brothers by penning “Pray Them Home.” I have three, maybe four, out of five children who have rejected Christ. I made a small cheat sheet of your article and saved it in a memo on my phone so that every time I begin to worry, I pull it up and start praying for them. Thank you for being faithful.

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  3. Hi Sarah! I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful book. Your faith, writing, and ever growing love and trust in the Lord is inspiring. Other than the Bible, it has been a lifeline for me. I too suffer from Lymes, Hashimotos as well as other co-morbid conditions. As a mother of two boys with special needs, some days just seem to be about survival. Thank you for sharing that there is purpose and beauty in suffering. Here’s a verse that has given me comfort “ I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”-Psalm 27:13-14. If you feel comfortable, I would love to send you and your sweet children a package of some of our favorite goodies. We too are on a special diet-gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, and dye free. Please feel free to email me. Lifting you and your family up in prayer and may God continue to richly bless you!❤️

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    1. Wow, Kim. I’m so encouraged and blessed by this. I’m so sorry for how you have suffered, but praising God for how he has strengthened you and given you the eyes to see his greater purposes in your pain (even if it’s just a glimpse). I’m humbled and incredibly grateful that he used HWIH to be a part of that process.
      You are so sweet to want to give to us when you yourself are struggling as well. What a picture of comforting others out of the comfort we have received from Christ. I will see if I can email you to at least chat more in person. Thank you, sister, for your encouragement and taking the time to share how God has helped you though the book. Blessings to you and your family, Sarah

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  4. Dear Sarah
    Concerning Lyme. Perhaps this will help you:
    http://mmstestimonials.is/lyme-disease.
    I have taken the stuff and can vouch that it’s difficult and therefore gradual, and the die off Herxheimer reaction may make you feel worse for a bit, but I’ve read in several places that Lyme can be killed by MMS solution. Google Jim Humble
    Your doctor will not approve using what is in effect water purification drops to self medicate, but read, read, read! At any rate, I kid you not, I started the introductory tolerance phase and even that cured me of flu in just a few hours, with no harm. Don’t be afraid of it.
    The Lord bless and keep you all.
    Bella

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  5. Dear Sarah,

    By way of introduction, I am Adrian from Singapore.

    I first came across one of your articles on Sunday and, through the course of this week, I have read all of your other articles posted on the Desiring God website. I am very moved by your life’s story and very blessed by the Biblical concepts you had shared in your articles.

    I noticed from you have co-authored a book entitled “Hope When It Hurts”. Just so you know, I would try to purchase a number of copies of this book to give away to my friends and colleagues, for I believe it will be a great encouragement to others.

    God bless you. And thank you for being such a blessing, even to people who are living half way around the globe from where you are!

    Regards,
    Adrian

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    1. Wow, Adrian, thank you for that encouragement! I pray the book will bless and encourage anyone who reads it. I love that we can be connected through Christ even though we are continents apart. To God be the glory!

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  6. Dear Sarah,
    Thank you so much for the articles you write. We have especially been encouraged by the articles on Desiring God. Before I ask you a question I would like to introduce myself. My name is Marieke den Butter, I am married to Jaap and we have 8 children. I am Dutch. Together with my friend Wilma Samyn I wrote a book with encouragements for mothers, that was published in the summer of 2016 (100 bemoedigingen voor moeders). We have a facebook page where we post about 3 encouragements a week. (www.facebook.com/100BVM). Since the beginning of this year we have a website where we post more in depth articles for Women. (www.sieraadvoorgod.org). We really love the articles you write for Desiring God and we would like to ask your permission to translate them into Dutch to post on our website. We will give the credit to you and we will mention that we found the article on Desiring God.
    Thank you so much for your commitment to Christ and for encouraging others to hope in hurt.
    May God bless you,
    Marieke den Butter

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    1. Hi Marieke, Thank you for reaching out and I appreciate you asking for permission before using them. Yes, that is perfectly fine to translate them to post as long as you use proper credit as you said you would. Thank you for reaching out and may God bless your ministry richly. ~Sarah

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  7. How can l live with Lyme
    The agitation is killing me
    I get no sleep,one hour a night
    I am going demented
    It is destroying my family too
    Please can God help me

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    1. I’m so sorry, Joey. Lyme is such an awful disease. Praying right now for God’s mercy to lead you to the help you need and that he would strengthen and comfort you with his presence.

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    2. I promise it will get better! From experience I know that It is hard to keep faith in something. I prayed for my mother for 2 years and I still am! She dose drugs and is not the best person. It hurts me and my other siblings. But when I would keep faith I would feel better and be happier. But when I would let every little thing get me down it would just tear me apart and I would lose faith then that pain would never leave. As soon as I thought about it and prayed, keep my faith up, it changed my whole perspective for the better. I know it’s hard trust me. But when you give it all to God you feel one million times better! It may not be fixed right away but it takes time. God wants to use your story and use your pain to create something beautiful and help others. Try to stay focused on that and keep trucking. I will keep you in my prayers!

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    3. Joey, I can so relate. Another relapse and more co-infections. But I can tell you our Living God is the only way. Are you in treatment? There are many protocols and finding what works best for you, under a LLMD is crucial.
      Some times we have to try new things, others it takes a lot of time, maybe years. It is such a complex disease.
      Blessings to you,
      Lea in Orlando

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  8. This really helped me! I was really wanting to talk more about my pain but needed some help getting started. I did y’alls bible plan on the Holy Bible app, it was amazing! God bless you! Continue doing great things for God, I hope I can open up more and do great things too!

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    1. Hi Sara! I’m so glad it helped you! If you enjoyed the Bible app devo, you might enjoy the whole book (since that’s what the devo came from)! But thank you for your encouragement. Praying for you, your mom, and your family right now.

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  9. Hi Sarah-I am so thankful for your book “Hope When It Hurts” I am working through it my self right now but also bought several copies to pass out to other people. I praise God that you are living out 2 Corinthians 1:3-4! I am striving to do the same in my life.

    What intrigued me to buy your book in the first place actually came from your introduction. I couldn’t believe how it mirrored EXACTLY what my family is suffering through right now! It is your first paragraph in your story. You don’t go into detail about your high school trauma but what you do reveal sounds amazingly similar to my daughter, Hannah’s, story. She just finished high school having suffered through peer abuse which resulted in a full-fledged eating disorder and depression. She hates herself and is angry all the time. The darkness during this has, at times, been almost unbearable. Hannah is seeing a counselor and desperately desires to get better but is impatient in the process.

    Could you share more about your story’s “first paragraph?” What was the turning point for you that caused you to give up your attempt to live for Christ AND for the world? As a young woman what did committing yourself to following Christ look like? What steps did you take in that pursuit? How did you break free from your downward spiral? Hannah needs hope from someone who has walked this same path. I know this is why God brought me to you.

    Looking forward to your reply!

    Holding onto Jesus,
    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter, Hannah. If you’re ok with it, I think it would best if I email you. I will try to do that shortly!

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  10. I am so thankful for your book. When I read the chapter “The lonely path to the summit, “ it spoke directly to me and what my life has been the last few years. In 2015 my son suffered a traumatic Brain injury. We weren’t given much hope, for 21 days we didn’t know if he’d survive. God raised him up and he’s alive, I tell people I have a walking miracle at my house. I’m so thankful to have him, but he definitely has some life altering challenges. I know it’s all part of God’s plan, but no one can relate. They say I should just be thankful and I’m lucky to have him. But this chapter ministered to me, I feel that loneliness that you speak of. Thanks for spilling your heart and trials will others, this book encouraged me so much!! Have you written any other books?

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    1. Hi Patrice! I’m so grateful to hear how the book (especially the chapter on loneliness) encouraged you. I’m so sorry to hear about your son. It makes a lot of sense that you feel the loneliness of others assuming you just be grateful and not really understanding or seeing the daily struggles you continue to carry. I battle that when I hear someone comment on how “normal” my child seems whenever they see him…not realizing that most people don’t see the incredible struggles we deal with on a daily basis because he works so hard to hold it together in public. Over and over I have to trust other’s opinions to the Lord, asking Him to help me rest in His truth and the peace that He knows and sees all. Anyway, I’m so grateful that the Lord spared your son, but I pray that He will also equip you for the days ahead as you help him navigate and live his new normal. Anyway, as for your question – no I have not written any other books as of yet. It is possible that I will be working on a new one in the very near future, spun off of Hope When It Hurts, but for married couples. Stay tuned!

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  11. Sarah: I really appreciated your article “Pray Them Home.” I wondered if you would give me permission to use it in our school publication. I would not alter it and would give proper attribution and point people to your website and your book. I will await your response. Blessings!

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    1. I’m so glad you found it helpful! Yes, that’s certainly fine to use it with the proper attribution. I pray that it can encourage many. Thanks for reaching out!

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  12. could you send me an email i was reading your story, its very familar i dont know how to send you emails i see twitter facebook but i dont use them thank u

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  13. Dear Sarah I just read your article on ‘The Pressures of 21st Century Parenting’ its’ amazing, it really enlightened my view on christian parenting. I am writing article on ‘Parenting’ for Women’s Conference. I would like to add some of your article, hope you don’t mind…I would like to read more of your writings…God Bless you
    From Rev. Puia, Mizoram, India

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  14. Sarah, I’ve written to thank you for your book before, but I wanted to encourage you today. My husband and I had a difficult doctor’s appointment for him today, and I took your book along with me–like a silent friend in my purse.. All the places I had underlined and marked up the first time I read it were such sources of strength and needed reminders for my shaking heart over the hours we were there. Thank you!! xx

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      1. Sarah, do you have a copy of Spurgeon’s, “The Pastor in Prayer”? It’s a compilation of many of his congregational prayers and I cannot say enough good things about it, at least, it’s continually blessed me. It’s my most treasured book of prayers.

        You will not offend me if you aren’t interested and you do not need to explain. But I would love to order you a copy from Amazon if you would feel comfortable and you are interested. I was given a very generous gift card recently and it would be my joy to share in this way. You have so blessed me with your writing.

        When I enter my e-mail address I purposely misspell it here because WordPress insists I sign in to my account if I spell it correctly. You can e-mail me directly by adding an “s” before the “@aol.com”.

        Feel free to delete this comment if you wish, too. I didn’t know how else to contact you! xx

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  15. Sarah, I would like permission to use your desiringGod.com article.” The waves of grief will give way” in our church bulletin. All credit will be give to you as the author with information about links to your website.
    Thanks

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  16. Sarah, I just read an old article in HomeLife magazine. I too live with chronic pain due to degenerative spine disease. That, however, is not why I write. As I was closing the magazine a still small voice told me to email you first. Over a year ago, my 11 yr old son started becoming very tired. He lost his appetite and would hardly eat or drink. It got to a point where he was sleeping 20 hours a day. The waking hours were in half hour increments at best. He said his body hurt. The doctors originally said it was growing pains, but the symptoms only got worse. My chiropractor told me to have him tested for tick borne diseases. Turns out he tested positive for Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever. They did not give me any hope. I went back to my chiropractor who told me about an Amish herbal parasite cleanse. After about a month of taking it twice daily, he started showing slight improvements. Today he is an active teenager. I do not know if it will help your family or not. All I know is that the Spirit would not let me close this magazine until I found your blog and shared our experience. It’s website ilink is https://www.yourhealthbydesign.com/full-30-day-parasite-cleanse-2-16-ounce-bottles/

    My chiropractor said he recommends this to his patients with tick diseases. He is not affiliated with this site either. I pray that this would be God’s way of giving your family a miracle.
    Blessings in Christ,
    Lori

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  17. I just recently read one of your articles on Desiring God and was very helped by it… so, I came over here to hear more from you.
    Since then, I have been praying for you and your family.
    I do not want to be one of those people who thinks they have a cure for any disease, when I do not, but I do have experience with homeopathic remedies helping my medication resistant mental illness.
    Anyway, at the risk of annoying you, I wanted to share this link to a remedy I found today as I was restocking my supply: https://www.amazon.com/Boiron-Palustre-Homeopathic-Medicine-Insect/dp/B078NDND59/ref=sspa_dk_typ_pt_comp_6/131-5227172-1668908?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B078NDND59&pd_rd_r=cf634831-fe2e-4c64-9d23-52a47e3115d1&pd_rd_w=lvlfM&pd_rd_wg=QnfBA&pf_rd_p=0412d930-f756-4db1-84d7-01dbac4fd9bd&pf_rd_r=CRPD7Z89YVCJF7B6EW12&refRID=CRPD7Z89YVCJF7B6EW12&th=1

    I have no idea if it would help you or your family, but in the comment section on this remedy it said it was used to treat Lyme’s when used in correlation with another remedy.

    Check it out if interested and please disregard this comment if it is unhelpful…

    Much love to you and yours!
    May grace and peace be multiplied to you!
    I appreciate your writing very much!

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  18. Sarah, good afternoon: read your thoughts online at https://unlockingthebible.org/2015/07/four-lies-we-believe-when-we-are-feeling-lonely/ and curious why by your 4th sentence you start with a “I remember when …” ? What has happened to faith-based self-help gurus like you who cannot simply counsel from Scripture or give Biblical examples that reader can relate to? Address the vital matter of how a Christian truth or doctrine guides and teaches us in life instead of always regurgitating your “remember whens”!!!

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    1. Hi, I’m not really what this comment is supposed to achieve because it doesn’t seem to make much sense in regards to the article (which is based in scripture). I’m as far from a “self-help” guru as they come. I open up the article with sharing some personal experience that relates to the topic I’m speaking to (loneliness), but the rest of the article talks about how God’s Word speaks to the lies that we often believe when we battle loneliness. That is not “my wisdom”, but Scripture’s. There are many people who are truly preaching false gospels – so please don’t put your energy toward those of us who are truly desiring to point others to Christ, God’s word, and the truth. Sharing some personal ways I relate to God’s Word doesn’t negate the truth that I write about. ~Sarah

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  19. I am so thankful for you!
    Have you ready Scars that Have shaped Me by vaneetha Risner?
    It has encouraged my faith so much!
    Praying for you sister to run the race marked out for you!

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  20. Hi Sarah! I have been so encouraged over the last few years by your writing. God has used you to help me as I have walked a very difficult path. Thank you. I’d like to bless you with a monetary gift – its not a lot but I’d like you to use it to buy or do something for yourself. Is there an address that I can send it to?

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