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The Story of Sara Frankl, The ‘Gitzen Girl’

Sara Frankl, also known as Gitzen Girl after her much-beloved blog, changed the world without leaving the four walls of her condo. Though she was confined by an illness, she was never defined by her limitations. Sara lived her motto, “Choose Joy” and inspired a following of thousands.

Sara passed away on September 24, 2011, but her story lives on in the lives of hundreds who can testify to how they were changed by her. This is a glimpse into their stories. And the mosaic they make up of all the many ways we are connected – the pattern of community when the virtual becomes real and how everyone is changed in the process.

“I’m just a girl who used to write for a magazine to make a living, and now writes a blog to make a life. Extremely blessed, well-loved and choosing joy while learning that homebound doesn’t limit your life, just your location. I hope you find something on here that makes you smile or makes you think. Or both.” Sara Frankl,

Here is an inspiring 30-minute video clip about the far-reaching effects of one person’s life and witness, portraying beautiful lessons on building community, choosing joy, keeping the heavenly vision, and being Jesus to others:

The latest entry from Sara’s blog,, September 14, 2012:

Grief and Joy

“When the heart grieves over what is lost, 
the spirit rejoices over what it has left.”
 ~ Epigram, Sufi

One year ago today Sara started Hospice.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, one year ago today, Sara was provided with enough medication to ease her pain and keep her from getting physically sick. As we watched the medication begin to work, we also saw the many years of pain leave her face.  She looked like an angel! An angel ready for her journey to heaven.
In keeping with Sara’s motto of, “It’s not about me,” over the course of the next two days, her focus was on making sure those of us left here on earth were taken care of. That we were o.k. Sara said to us, “I will be fine.” “Isn’t this exciting?” “It is all of you who are left here to grieve.” I want to make sure you are o.k.”
She was so COURAGEOUS! Without shedding a tear, and filled with joy and excitement, she told us how excited she was to meet our Heavenly Father. She continued teaching us. Teaching us how to love, choose joy, and be courageous.
Our hearts grieve over her loss, but we are so grateful and our spirit rejoices over what she has left us. She has left us so much of herself through her writings and the life she lived. The life she lived for God and others! For this we will be forever grateful.
Thank you dear sister.
We love you all the way around the world and back…and into the heavens!

2 Responses to The Story of Sara Frankl, The ‘Gitzen Girl’

  1. R.L. Griffith October 28, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Inspiring life!is there’s story published?

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