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'Unstoppable'

Kathy Long

Sarah Christianson is Nebraska’s 2017 Mrs. America contestant.  This is her bio:

 Name: Sarah Christine Christianson Age: 33

 Occupation: Registered Nurse at Lincoln Surgical Hospital

 Husband’s Name: Curtis Christianson Years Married: 6

 Children’s Names and Ages: Cayden Isaiah-4, Aubrey Grace-2

 Education: Lincoln Southeast High School

Southeast Community College

Bryan College of Health Science

 Degree: Registered Nurse

 Other Training: Certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support

 General Information: My greatest accomplishments are the things I was once told I would never have. You see, when I was 17, I was diagnosed with several heart arrhythmias and was told that I would never be able to have children, work a high stress, fast paced job or be an athlete. Heart surgeries, a pacemaker and up to 5 medications at a time kept me down but not beaten. From my faith in God and support from my husband and family, I found the strength to be Unstoppable.

Today, I have 2 beautiful children, run a surgical room as a specialty nurse, am now an avid runner getting ready for my first full marathon and I am also an online fitness coach. Sure, I have to be careful and watch my heart rate but that doesn't mean I have to stop living my life. As a mother to a daughter, I truly feel called to showing her that a woman can do and be anything. As a mother to a son, I am proud to be able to show him the same things so that he knows a strong independent woman is something to help his sister and other girls aspire to be.

Creativity and design also fuel my entrepreneurial side, as I own my own jewelry business, Treasured Hope Designs, where I design and teach others how to create one of a kind pieces. Life has given me several opportunities to quit and give up, but I have found that so many of us have our own personal struggles and journeys that we are on and it amazes me how many of us can be Unstoppable if we have the right tools.

 2017 started a new adventure for me seeking out and helping others, who like me, have a heart condition but also other things in their life trying to stop them in their tracks. From depression, pediatric cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, I have had the honor to build community with others and let them know about my journey and that they too can be Unstoppable!

 Accomplishments/Honors: The title of Mom is by far my greatest accomplishment. I have found pride participating in the followingevents where I have held leadership roles and helped make a difference on many levels.

OR Specialty Teams- Specialty case nurse and Meditech computer builder nurse

Role of Charge Nurse

2014 Daisy Award Nominee

2015 Nebraska Nurse of the Year Nominee

Pediatric Cancer Action Network (PCAN)- Board Member

Pancake Feed Fundraiser Volunteer

Nebraska Marathon Volunteer

Benefit Concert

March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction- Board Member

2014 Committee Chair for Table Sales

2015 Silent Auction Chair

Lincoln Surgical Hospital-

Race for the Chase Team Captain for St Monica House

Annual Free Flu Shot Clinic Volunteer

Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremony

Omaha City Mission- lived there for a week and helped with all parts of mission

Cornhusker State Games- Medical Tent First Aid Volunteer

Lincoln Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator Support Group- Event Speaker

Lincoln Zoo- Boo at the Zoo volunteer

Girl Scouts of America- ArtVenture Mentor and Collaborating Artist

Cards for Seniors Ambassador- lead volunteers making handmadecards for seniors

Lincoln MS Connect- Guest Speaker and booth volunteer

Beachbody- Emerald Level

March for Babies- Team Captain and walker fundraiser

Women’s Heart Walk- Walker fundraiser

American Heart Association- Walker fundraiser

Unstoppable Events- I have to watch my heart rate but having the opportunity to run in the following events is a huge accomplishment for me because I was repeatedly told I would never be able to participate in a race, which has been a goal of mine since I was 17.

Lincoln Half Marathon- 2 years

Harvest Moon Hustle Warrior Dash

Market to Market Relay- 2 years Run to Overcome

Mayor’s Run-2 years with my son Catch a Cop Fun Run with my son