Welcome to my new website. When I started writing about my daughter Meredith in 2000, I never dreamed I’d end up writing a book or speaking to groups all over Texas. This website gives me a place to update my life with Meredith on a weekly basis. I hope my words continue to show the heart and advocacy behind that little girl you met on the beach all those years ago in my first column. Stories not published in the Statesman will be here in a section called Updates. Hope to hear from all of you.
Sarah Barnes and her husband, Jim Hemphill, had big plans. He was a rocker with an eye on law school. She was a rising journalist. They traveled, laughed, loved, made plans, and married. But when their daughter, Meredith, was seven months old, they received a devastating diagnosis about her brain, and happily-ever-after became differently-ever-after from that point on. Although they faced many obstacles, their determined daughter helped them find hope and humor in the face of unthinkable challenge.
I have had the privilege of writing about my daughter for 17 years in a column called “A Different Road” for the Austin American-Statesman. I’ve written about her first steps, her first dance and the first time I realized she did not want the life I had envisioned for her. You can now read all these columns here. I will continue to write for the Statesman on an occasional basis.
—Sarah Barnes, author of Meredith & Me