NEW YORK — — — It was the start of a new digital life for one woman.
But her digital life didn’t quite match her physical one.
That’s the story of Sara Loughran, who found herself with a digital piano.
Loughrans new life on the internet came after the loss of her beloved father to pancreatic cancer.
It’s the tale of a digital pianist who used her body to help make the world a better place.
“I think it was the beginning of a completely new life.
And I was able to do something that was beyond my imagination,” Loughras daughter said.
“And I felt I was doing something meaningful.”
Loughran grew up in suburban New Jersey.
She’s from the Northeast region of the state.
She attended Rutgers University, but her love for music began with the Beatles.
Lougrans dad taught piano for nearly 40 years, and her piano teacher, who loved her piano, encouraged her to try to become a professional pianist.
Loughras life changed dramatically after the death of her father.
She had to get a new job to pay for his funeral and to care for his physical health.
And so Loughrains new life started.
She took a job as a digital artist, doing things like painting digital portraits of her dad.
She made her first digital portrait, of herself.
She loved the experience.
But Loughruans digital life took a turn when she started playing piano at home.
And her new life took another turn when her dad died.
Lougr’s father was diagnosed with pancreatic disease in 2004.
He was 89 years old.
Lohr was a little girl when her father died.
She grew up hearing stories about her father’s health and life.
She remembers thinking, if my dad is dead, who am I?
Loughs father had suffered a heart attack when she was 4 years old, and she had to go to the hospital for an emergency surgery.
She was given oxygen, but she had no idea how to breathe.LOUGHRANS dad died of pancreatic illness.
It was her first real test of her own strength, Loughrin says.
She started training, trying to master the piano, and eventually took the piano to school to teach herself the basics.LOUGRAS father passed away, and after the doctor ordered an endoscopy on her father, Lougras father lost his ability to walk.
His heart attack had left him paralysed from the waist down.
But Loughris father was determined to live a normal life.
So she started a piano club to help her get back on her feet.
In the years since her father passed, LOUGrains dad’s health has improved.
He’s in a wheelchair, but he still plays piano.
She has a computer in her house, but Lough rims her computer screen with a piece of paper and writes on it, “I am still a digital person.”LOUGS father passed in 2016, but his digital life is still going strong.
LOUGHRINS dad is still playing the piano.
Her father told her to stop writing on her computer.
She told him she’d stop if he wrote on his.
He said he was the one who started writing on his and told her not to bother.
Now, LOUGHS dad has moved on to digital piano, but as she grows older, she has no intention of stopping playing.
And she doesn’t want anyone else to have to go through what she’s going through.
Lougs dad died in January.
And Loughrlans father is now her biggest advocate, she says.
He taught her everything she needed to know to be successful.
She works in finance and a retail business, and spends time with her father every other weekend.LOURNS father passed after a long battle with cancer.
His son, Aaron, was diagnosed last year, and he lives with cancer, too.
Aaron is a digital musician, too, and is working on a digital painting for his father.
LOULAS father died in February, but Aaron lives with the disease, too and is doing everything he can to keep fighting for his dad’s legacy.
Loulas father has been battling with cancer for nearly a decade.
He has no health insurance and needs help to pay his medical bills.
“There are times I’m crying and crying and I’m thinking, I am not even sure what to do.
My life is about to be destroyed,” Loulasa said.
Loulas mother, Lillian, lives with a rare genetic disorder that leaves her unable to breathe on her own.
She says she’s been working as a professional photographer for 20 years.
She is a great advocate for digital pianists around the world, and wants to help inspire other digital pianismers.
“It’s really important that all digital pianistry is about bringing people together,” Lillian said. Lillian