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Laura says she especially worried about her husband, Iain, while in captivity—and even began imagining other women he could spend his life with. "It was so hard and painful for me to do that, but I didn't want my husband to be alone. I wanted somebody to be there to take care of him and he could share a life with," she says. "I didn't want him to have to serve a sentence along with me, so I would picture in my head who I thought might be acceptable."

Iain, however, thought of no one but his wife. "Everyday at 5, I would write to Laura," he says. "She suggested that that could be our time where she would think about me and I would think about her. So I'd write to her and I'd tell her about what was going on during the day."

Laura devoured every word . "Those letters meant everything to me," Laura says. "They were my oxygen. They kept me going."

Iain says the hardest thing about Laura's experience was never knowing how she really was. "We'd recently bought a house and we'd moved in, and I would come home to that house every day after work. There would be reminders of Laura there and yet it would be empty," he says. "I'd sleep for a couple of hours, I'd wake up, search the Internet, look for news. Maybe email Lisa. So that was really the hard [part]—not knowing where she was. What she was doing. How she was."

Today, Laura and Iain's future is looking brighter than ever. In June 2010, Laura will give birth to their first child.
FROM: Held Captive for 140 Days: Lisa Ling's Sister Breaks Her Silence
Published on May 18, 2010

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