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I’m going to need a little help on this one…

This site has seen my family through many good times and bad in the past.  It’s time to dust it off and re-purpose it a bit.

This is that old comfortable pair of blue jeans you put on when you’ve got some work to do.

And we’ve got some work to do.

So, right now, I’m sitting on my couch, watching the exact same show I watched the first night when Peyton was diagnosed.  I just needed to hear the theme song really.  It’s kind of funny that the same episode is on….”Enterprise:  The Expanse”.  I really should be writing checks to bills that are piling up already and starting to organize my life and figuring out my wife’s “unique” filing system.

Why?

On Tuesday, Anissa suffered a massive stroke.  Then had another one sometime after the first MRI.

I was speechless and in some form of shock (still am) when the ER doctor told me this.  How could this be?  I was chatting with her not an hour ago.  We had both just agreed to give up our Christmas presents so we could stay in a nicer hotel over Thanksgiving while taking care of Anissa’s mom.  We were hoping we could finally give the kids our full attention for the first time in forever.  I was going to look up an old friend who has some pull at Riddle and see about getting a tour of the flight line for them.  Nathaniel’s at that age, and the girls would think it’s cool too.  We were going to grab a bite under the Port Orange bridge in the salty air, maybe even hit the Ocean Deck.

And now there she was with tubes in her mouth and unconscious?

How?

What we know is that she called me around 1:20 pm and said, “Somethings wrong with me.  I’m at a restaurant and just collapsed.  They are calling an ambulance.”  Then she hung up and didn’t respond to any calls.  Those were the last words I heard her say.

Since then it’s been one head doctor after another, some picture taking, grim looks, and waiting.  Lots and lots of waiting.

News of the second stroke was definitely not encouraging.  The first ER doctor said something about 20% survival rate, and he pretty much expected her to go anytime soon.  (Understand that’s what I heard/interpretted…in shock…may not be exactly what he said).  The neurologist just kinda looked at it and mumbled some words that didn’t sound encouraging.  She bled into the PONS area of the brain.  Haven’t had the chance to google that, so I set some friends on it to filter for me…not good news…but playing Dr. Google rarely gives good news.

I really just keep feeling like I’m in a bad dream.  Do these people not realize who they are dealing with?  This is Anissa Mayhew.  The strongest, most amazing woman I’ve ever met.  She’s thirtyfreakinfive and can move mountains with her smile.  She can beat this.

There was some hand squeezing the first evening.  Baby step, but encouraging.

Then came the news of the second bleed.

That’s when I decided to bring the kids up.  If she was going to go, I wanted them to have a chance to see her.  I wanted them to give her a fighting chance and for her to hear and remember in some remote part of that brain exactly who and what she was fighting for.

So, the director of the hospital agreed to let the kids in.  They donned masks and trudged up to her room.  They knew mom was bad and that she hadn’t opened her eyes and had tubes keeping her alive.  They talked a little bit, were afraid a little bit, and sad too.  But God bless my kids.  They are all too familiar with hospital trips.  2 of them have been visiting hospitals for more than half of their lives.  They told her how much they loved her.  They are strong.  They get that from their mom.

About twenty minutes after they left, Anissa started fighting.  A little at first.  But, it’s always darkest before the light.

She started showing signs that she’s in there.  There was more movement on her left side.  Somewhat coordinated turning of the head and reaching with her arm to get the tube out of her mouth.  She opened her eyes briefly.  Thursday, she opened her eyes a fair amount.  There’s no recognition in there yet.  But I believe that will come.  She’s turned her head to acknowledge a different voice.  All of this wears her out quickly, but she’s fighting.  That’s encouraging in itself.

Now what?

Someone is with her around the clock.  The cavalry came up when they first heard the news.  I have gotten MANY questions of how can I help and what do I need.  I hear you all, and appreciate every single offer.  Please understand though, this is a marathon, not a sprint.  IF she comes out of this, it will be a long road to recovery.  Each of you will be able to help over the course of time.  I’ll make sure of it.  Right now, my kids need consistancy and people they know and trust.  That’s addressed.  Anissa and I need the experience of someone who’s been there and done that with regard to the brain.  That’s also addressed.  Lastly, she needs to hear familiar voices.  Check.  People are coming out of the woodwork to offer to help, and it is very much appreciated, but please understand that it may not be now that we need your help.  We’re covered through this week and next I think.  The Tampa Badge Bowl gang has graciously agreed to take care of Thanksgiving dinner.  My job has been absolutely AMAZING on this.  We definitely are surrounded by love.  He’s made sure of that.  I’m going to set up a controlled scheduling site so that people can sign up to help with things.

At this point, mostly what we need is prayer.  To my knowledge, I know of prayer chains in Europe, Africa, and North America.  Several small towns are praying.  Friends old and new, and complete strangers are praying.  That’s exactly what we need now.  Pray for her to make it through one more night with no more bleeding.  Pray for the blood in her head to recede.  Pray for her to come out of this.

Please pray for our family.  `

I’m going to need to lean on you all.  I’m not as strong as she is.

–Peter

395 Comments on “I’m going to need a little help on this one…”

  1. #1 Maria
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    We are here, we are rallying. We love you all and you’re in our thoughts constantly.

    All my love and thoughts.

  2. #2 Brie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I’ve been praying and praying for a full recovery for Anissa. I’m sorry you’re all going through this right now. Anissa and your whole family are at the top of my prayers.

  3. #3 Nicole Ibarrondo
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    We’re all here for you and the kids. Every step of the way.

  4. #4 Scary Mommy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    You sound pretty damn strong to me. You will make her proud. Sending the warmest thoughts…

  5. #5 Pamela
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:05 am

    praying hard here in Texas! She IS strong and will GET well!!

  6. #6 Amy Andrews
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Peter, I’ve never met your wife – never knew of her at all actually until I saw #prayersforanissa on Twitter. Praying…

  7. #7 Amber @ pacigraveyard
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Praying for you and your family here in Virginia. Adding your family to all the local church prayer chains, as many as I can contact. Constant, constant, constant.

    Love for you and your family.

  8. #8 The Maven
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Peter, I am praying. Praying for this all to be a bad memory in the very near future. Praying for Anissa to come out this and be the vibrant, strong, incredible woman I’ve been learning about over the last few days. You have all been through so much, but the strength of what you’ve overcome will help you get through this, too.

    Keep fighting, Anissa. There are countless people thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery. You can do this. Sending love and prayers and thoughts from Canada.

  9. #9 Lisag
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Sending prayers and love from Ottawa Canada

  10. #10 Kristin
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Although we have never met, I’m praying for Anissa and the whole family. She will get through this. I have all the faith in the world that Anissa will fight her way out.

    Keeping you in my prayers.

  11. #11 andrea
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    praying like I’ve never prayed before!

  12. #12 Meg
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Hello,

    I don’t know your family at all, but you are all in my prayers. Since I heard about Anissa I’ve read her stuff and seen the many, many posts from dear friends. Clearly, she is a remarkable person. And sounds like quite a fighter! So, from far away I send you all strength and prayers. I’m so thankful you are surrounded by such amazing friends, family & medical care that your needs are being so well met. What a blessing. Come on Anissa, come back to your family!

    - Meg

  13. #13 Linda @ My Trendy Tykes
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I am definitely praying……

  14. #14 Diane
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Thank you for the update. We are all hoping and praying and holding our breath. We’ll be here every step of the way.

    You are much stronger than you realize.

  15. #15 Sue @ Laundry for Six
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Sending the strongest, most heartfelt prayers.

  16. #16 Assertagirl
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, every day. Anissa WILL continue to fight! She’s an inspiration to us and we love her dearly. Keep leaning on us, Peter, we’re here.

  17. #17 Piper of Love
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    *praying*
    *praying*
    *praying*

  18. #18 PsychMamma
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Praying for the whole family. You are all (especially Anissa) constantly in my thoughts. Sending strength, peace and healing thoughts. Thank you so much for taking the time to update us. Much love.

  19. #19 Drew G
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Peter,
    This was so beautiful it was hard not well up. I have met Anissa a few times and she has always blown me away with her energy, enthusiasm and capacity to care for people. I am sending as much positivity to you and your family as possible. She was there to help me when I need it and I want to be there for her. We are all keeping Anissa in our thoughts and will do our best to help.

  20. #20 Kelly
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Peter, thank you for coming and sharing with everyone. I don know Anissa well, but the one time I met her she hugged me before she even knew my name. I am not really the praying kind but I have been sending her light and love. If anyone can pull through, it’s her.

    We are all here for you, Anissa and the kids.

  21. #21 Tricia (irishsamom)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Our hearts are with you and your children and of course Anissa as you navigate your way through this nightmare. We will pray every moment for her to fight her way back to you. I know there’s nowhere else she wants to be than with you and the children. We don’t even know each other, but I gleaned her the strength of this woman through her writing, her humour and compassion. I have prayed with my children since this happened and will continue to do so.

    With love, strength and hope,
    Tricia and family xoxoxox

  22. #22 Andrea
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. Prayers are coming your way from NC.

  23. #23 Sarah (@scunning)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Praying non-stop for you all.

  24. #24 ExtraordinaryMommy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Peter – it is clear you ARE as strong as Anissa. I’ve known her for only a year and have adored her from the very first moment. She is a fighter. She is a force to be reckoned with. We will all be here during your marathon. Love and prayers – constantly. Thank you for updating us.

  25. #25 fidget
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Continued prayer for Anissa, your children and you, Peter. since having her babies come visit helped her so much, maybe you can make videos of the kids talking to her, reading books, just being themselves to play for Anissa in the hospital- keep reminding her of what she’s fighting for

    All of the love, light and prayer from my family to yours

    ~the monroe family

  26. #26 Judi
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Peter, you have experience fighting the battle before with your little girl, Peyton and now you need to rely on that strength to handle the unfortunate wrench that was thrown in your path. I am not a blogger and only read about Anissa when it was listed on the AJC. Prayer is a strong medicine and I will pray for you and your family and gather all my prayer warriors to your cause. Your wife sounds like an amazing woman! She will beat this, have hope and faith.

  27. #27 DiPaola Momma
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Wearing out my knees for her! and waiting for the call to let me know what and when you need me. YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE!!!!!

  28. #28 Corinne
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    We’re all praying and pulling for Anissa. Thank you for putting together an update… thinking of, and praying for your whole family.

  29. #29 Pgoodness
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Definitely praying constantly. I haven’t met Anissa yet. YET.

  30. #30 Karen
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Wow. I think you’re doing an incredible job of being strong – even if it doesn’t feel like it. Sometimes I feel shock helps insulate you from what might otherwise make you crumble… it helps you survive. You have the thoughts, best wishes and prayers of so, so many. Myself included. It’s constant. Feel some peace with that. Like everyone else, I’ll keep praying…

  31. #31 Monica~ MommyBrain
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Praying like crazy here in NC!
    Come back to us Anissa!! Your family needs you! We need you too!!
    Huge hugs to everyone!

  32. #32 Nona
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Peter: I have never met your beautiful wife. I am a fan of her writing, and we follow each other on Twitter and exchanged a couple of tweets.

    I am thinking of her and praying for her and your family like you are my close friends.

    That’s how amazing Anissa is. She makes strangers feel like her friend.

    If anyone can beat this, someone that amazing with that much love surrounding her can. And help will be there when you need it.

  33. #33 melissa
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    i even came out of my praying hiatus for this one. i can say, without them just being words, that your family is in my prayers.

  34. #34 The Stiletto Mom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I had the pleasure of meeting Anissa back in January and had spoken with her a few times since then. She is such an amazing spirit…so full of happiness and love. After reading your post, I see where that comes from. Both the fact that that is just her way and also that she has amazing people surrounding her. I will continue to pray for her…she’s a fighter!

  35. #35 Cyndi
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I am so sorry for you and your family and will be thinking of you.

  36. #36 Complicated Mama
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I do not know Anissa, but I have heard she is fighter over and over- and the progress she is making with movement demonstrates just that.

    My prayers are with you and your family during this hard time.

  37. #37 Two Makes Four
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I’m a short-time reader of freeanissa so I’m one of the “woodwork” people. But I’m praying and praying and praying.

  38. #38 Anne Y
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    We are all here for you and will help in any way we can.
    Praying for Anissa and your family!

  39. #39 ali
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    She is SO strong, Peter.
    and she is so lucky to have someone as strong as you by her side.
    HUGS.

  40. #40 Trudie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Peter, my family is praying for Anissa and for you and your family. May God bless you and keep you strong! I know that He will heal Anissa and send her home to you and the children.

    God Bless!

  41. #41 nic @mybottlesup
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    sending constant love and prayers to you and your’s…. you are all so strong, and when your strength wavers, you have A LOT of people to hold you up.

  42. #42 Lori (A Cowboy's Wife)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I’m terrible with words but wanted to express my love For Anissa and her sarcastic, sometimes–well, many times dirty humor. She makes me laugh and when you do need that extra help I’ll be there.

    **Prayers to all**

  43. #43 Jamie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I’m praying Peter. For you and amazing Anissa and your beautiful kids.

  44. #44 Jen @ One Moms World
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Thank you Peter for writing this! Anissa I just know you are fighting so hard. Girl I need to see that smile and guess what Dina has the segment ready for you to watch you did for BabyCenter. You did fantastic in which I knew you would. Come on Anissa you can do this… the mommy bloggers are pulling for you SOOOO hard. We love you and I am praying and thinking of you often.

  45. #45 mamatulip
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Hi Peter,

    I have never met Anissa, yet in the last few days I have gotten a pretty clear picture of the kind of woman she is – incredibly strong, incredibly loved; someone who has obviously touched the lives of many, many people. Since I got word of her stroke I have kept her, you and your children in my thoughts constantly, and I will continue to, no matter how long and uphill this road you’re on may be.

    Please know that there is a family up in Canada that is thinking of you and pulling hard for Anissa.

  46. #46 pixielation
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Hi Peter,

    Anissa doesn’t know me, and I didn’t know Anissa until I heard of her plight. But still it touched me, and I read more – and I now know she’s a person who deserves so much more. The things she – and you – have already dealt with could have crushed a lesser person. The way she’s reached out and touched so many others, brought so much laughter to so many.

    My prayers are with you and your family, hoping that she’s soon looking at you – and really seeing you, and then talking and laughing with you. And then back home with you.

    Alison

  47. #47 Lu
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    OK I am making up with God for this one Peter. Praying and praying for you, Anissa, and the kids. I wish there was osmething more I can do. You all are my first thoughts in the morning and my last at night. Your family as a unit has been through hell and back and will make it back this time. Much love from SWFL.

  48. #48 Kelby
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Wow Peter… this is such a moving post. I cannot begin to imagine how this has been for you and your children. We all know Anissa is such a fighter and so full of life. We are all pulling for her. And of course, if you need anything at all, you just let us know.

  49. #49 Carla
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    prayers prayers prayers coming from TEXAS.

  50. #50 Sherri
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Big prayers being sent to you and your family. I have added Anissa to a prayer wall.

    http://www.prayergates.com/prayerwall/default.aspx

  51. #51 Tricia
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I am praying for you, Anissa, and the whole family. God bless you as you go through this.

  52. #52 Angela
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Non-stop prayers from St. Louis for Anissa and your entire family.

  53. #53 Kate
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Sending healing thoughts for Anissa and your family.

  54. #54 Jennifer (Conversion Diary)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Many, many prayers coming your way!

  55. #55 Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I heard what happened to Anissa on Twitter from my blogging friends and I just want to add that prayers are going up for her and your family everyday.

    God is good, all the time. May He be with you and your family during this difficult journey.

    “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” – Psalm 46:1-2

  56. #56 MommaKiss
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I’ve been praying since I heard. She’s a fighter, your kids are strong and you are amazing. All of you. Peace and LOVE!

  57. #57 Maya
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Always here, always thinking of Anissa.

  58. #58 Melisa with one s
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hi Peter,
    Thanks SO much for taking time out of the whirlwind to update everyone out here; it’s appreciated more than you can ever imagine. We’ve seen examples in the past of how the blogging community can move mountains; I’m counting on it happening again.

    Melisa

  59. #59 Cynthia (Nap Warden)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Prayers coming from Chicago…please stay strong. We are all here for you and your family.

  60. #60 Crystal D
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I am praying for Anissa and your family.

  61. #61 missbanshee
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    When I was in a coma, the docs gave up on me. And here I am. Anissa is stronger than I could ever hope to be. She’s gonna beat this. I know she is.

  62. #62 Sarcastica
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Tons of well wishes from the GTA area! I haven’t had the chance to speak one on one with Anissa, but I read her blog often and was so sadden to hear she had a stroke – but she IS a fighter, so I have confidence she’ll pull back! Like you said, it’ll be a long road and quite possibly a hard one, but with you and the kids there it will seem effortless.

  63. #63 Melissa C
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:51 am

    You sound mighty strong to me! Our prayers are with you and your family!

  64. #64 Laurie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Peter, I have been praying for Anissa and your family every day since I heard. I have never met her in person, and have only had a few exchanges with her online. I think you are both very stong; I am sure it takes a lot to come on here and share your story and feelings. Thank you.

  65. #65 Tina
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Praying, praying, praying.

  66. #66 Jaime
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I’ve been praying for her and for you and your family every night.

  67. #67 LeSombre
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I am not a praying man, but I’m thinking of Anissa, you and your family.

  68. #68 Stimey
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Thank you for the update. I am so sorry this happened to your family. We’re there for you…this week, next week, next month, next year. Anissa’s important. So are you and your kids. Sending good thoughts your way.

  69. #69 Maria
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    We love you Peter.

    George and I have you and Anissa and the kids in our thoughts. We’ll be here to help when help is needed.

    You ARE strong. You are amazing.

  70. #70 Marci
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Peter, I am another who is praying for Anissa’s full recovery. Thanks for the beautiful post; you ARE strong and it shows.

  71. #71 Kellyn
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    We are here, whenever you need us.

    Praying for Anissa, you and your children.

  72. #72 Elle
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Though I’ve never spoken with Anissa, my heart goes out to all of you. You’re all in my thoughts and in my prayers.

  73. #73 Andrea Meyers
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Hi Peter. I only know Anissa through her blog, but just want to send out healing thoughts and prayers to Anissa and you as you work hard for Anissa and your precious children.

  74. #74 Miss Grace
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Your family is so strong and beautiful.

    Anissa is so strong and beautiful.

    You are in my thoughts constantly.

    Thank you for the update. Keep fighting.

  75. #75 the muskrat
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I’ve left messages on blogs, facebook, and the aiming low form letting y’all know we are local and can help out where needed. Thanks for this update; I’m glad to hear all is “covered” for now, at least. I hope you feel all the love and support that’s out there for your family.

  76. #76 OHmommy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Peter,

    Know that I am praying hard that Anissa will pull through. You and your family and Anissa are in my thoughts.

    Pauline

  77. #77 m a m a j o s s
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Thank you for posting this…and keeping all of us who are anxiously waiting to hear encouraging news about Anissa informed. I can’t imagine how hard this was to write, but Thank You. Still praying and sending warmth and well-wishes to your family.
    Jocelyn

  78. #78 Kristi
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Lifting your wife & your family up in prayer.

  79. #79 Karen Chatters
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Peter, thanks for taking the time to post this. I imagine there are a million things going on so updating friends and strangers is greatly appreciated.

    My thoughts and heart have been with you since I heard the horrible news. I’m so glad to know that Anissa’s support system is there in full force and you’re not alone.

    We’re all pulling for all of you. We hate that this has happened to our friend.

  80. #80 Jenny, Bloggess
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    You are amazing, Pete, which does not surprise me at all since Anissa chose you.

    You have my thoughts, prayers and anything else I can do for you. You have my number and email. Thank you so much for opening up so much to us and recognizing how important Anissa is to each of us. We’re all praying for her.

    Sending you and your family such love.

  81. #81 Amy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. I know you have 10000 things to do.

    I’m so glad that she wasn’t alone with the kids when this happened – that would be a lot for any of them to deal with.

    The whole Mayhew family is strong!

    Thinking of you constantly…

  82. #82 Melissa - Whooo's That Girl
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    You are stronger than you know, and Anissa is a fighter. You all have been in my thoughts constantly and will continue to be. Sending hope and love your way.

  83. #83 Karin aka Perpstu
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    We’re praying hard for you, Anissa and the kids in Las Vegas. I’m sending all the hope and good mojo I have to you all.

  84. #84 Matt
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I’m praying along with everyone else! I didn’t/don’t really know Anissa, but have felt like I’m part of her extended Web family ever since I heard the news earlier this week. I trust that God will bring her through this and continue to lift you all up in prayer!

  85. #85 Heather
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    If anyone can pull through this, it is Anissa. Her spirit is too strong to be held down for long. This was a beautifully written post that brought tears to my eyes. Your family has been tested time & time again. With you by her side, your amazing children and the thousands that love her-I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I believe it will be a journey but one your wife can handle. She’s a trooper. Be well & know of the love being sent your way.

  86. #86 Connie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Thank you for letting us know what you need and more importantly what you don’t need. Please continue to do what you need to do to keep yourself and your family together.

    Missing your sweet wife.

    Sincerely,
    Connie

  87. #87 Renee
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Praying and waiting for a call to come help. I am in Atlanta and not far from the hospital. I have folks praying all of this country and in Africa too. We will keep praying and I know Anissa will be alright.

  88. #88 C @ Kid Things
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:17 am

    We are here and thinking of all of you.

  89. #89 Malia
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Peter, you are an amazing writer! Your post had me crying and even laughing a bit. You and Anissa and your family are in my prayers.

    Thank you for sharing a bit of your life right now with us. It’s priceless and someday, Anissa can look back and see how much she is loved by you and everyone else!

  90. #90 Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Yes, lean on us, put all of your weight on us…

    Thank you so much for this post, praying for sweet and strong Anissa, praying for your strength and praying for the team of doctors caring for her.

    and praying for your children.

    Sending all I have up to heaven right now.

  91. #91 magpie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Thinking good thoughts for Anissa, and all of you.

  92. #92 Karen @ If I Could Escape
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Please stay strong and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Karen

  93. #93 Ann Douglas
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Sending love, hugs, and prayers.

    A fellow mom blogger

  94. #94 Jessica
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Praying hard in Southern California – keep fighting Anissa!

    Best,

    Jessica V.

  95. #95 Adventures In Babywearing
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    SHE IS ANISSA MAYHEW! She is going to pull through and oh this post- explains your road so perfectly. We’re hear to pray, help, anything we can do.

    She has so many people lifting her and your family up in faith believing she is going to fight through this like the warrior that she is.

    Love,
    Steph

  96. #96 Robin ~ PENSIEVE
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Thank you for thinking of “us”, Peter, mostly virtual strangers who are clinging to the hope we have in God, and to the truth that He’s at work in and through this Very Scary circumstance. Those of us who knew Anissa before Tuesday–even a little bit–have seen the fight in that girl of yours :) . She’s a larger than life personality, so easy to love.

    What presence of mind YOU have to share more of what happened over the past few days; I know all of us are grateful to hear, to know. How wise of you to be honest and straightforward, to communicate the needs of your family.

    This is a beautiful thing, the outpouring of love, prayer and support, and I count it an honor to join in this rally for your amazing wife.

    {{Hugs}} from one of those virtual strangers :) .

  97. #97 MBKimmy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    new here, the word has sread to my computer and I just wanted to tell you that I WILL BE PRAYING. I will be reading and I will be rallying friends to join me.
    Love, prayers and hope from Myrtle Beach, SC

  98. #98 Kristy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Sending prayers your way!

  99. #99 MommyGeek
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this news with us. We feel as though we know Anissa, too – some of us DO really know her – and this has truly rocked our little community. I will be praying for your family every day – I have since I heard the news.

    If you need anything.. fundraisers, gift cards, anything! Just say the word. We’ll rally.

    xo MommyGeek

  100. #100 Erin
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    What a beautifully written update! You have a world of people surrounding your family and lifting you up. Continued prayers for both Anissa and your family.

  101. #101 Dee
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Praying for you here in CT. You are stronger than you know–you have Anissa as your inspiration. Hugs…

  102. #102 Lee
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    What an amazing family you are. I had the pleasure of meeting Anissa briefly in July. Her humor captivates the room, her energy is infectious, her strength tangible.

    I believe in prayer and you have mine …. coming from LA.

  103. #103 Sarah Viola
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Peter, you’re so much stronger that you know.

    Praying so hard for you and Anissa, your beautiful kids and family, and Anissa’s medical team.

  104. #104 Lizzie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    ((hugs)) I just prayed for you. I’m sorry.

  105. #105 Sheri
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Peter, this is beautiful, heartbreaking and a testament to the love and friendship you two share. This amazing community has got your back in a big way. I only met Anissa a couple of times, but she is one of the warmest, most inclusive people I’ve ever met. She really understood how to make people feel welcome. We’re all praying for her.

  106. #106 Jewell
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I don’t know you or Anissa but from what I have read you are both amazing people. I have been praying for her recovery and for her family. All of you are in my prayers. May God bless you.

  107. #107 Ardlee
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Sending prayers from NY.

  108. #108 schmutzie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    My thoughts are with all of you constantly throughout the day and will be through the days ahead. I am so grateful that you have such a powerful network of support both physically and spiritually in your lives.

  109. #109 Becky
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Praying for your family, esp. your wifes recovery!! Love and hugs from Kansas! P.S. Found you through Heather Spohr!

  110. #110 Andrea (@shutterbitch)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Adding my voice from St. Louis to the thousands online praying for Anissa. Thank you for the update.

    You are stronger than you think. But when you need to lean on something, we’re here. We’re listening.

  111. #111 Marie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Tears of joy for your strength, the strength of your children, Anissa’s strength, and the love of a God who really does have a plan. I am praying.

  112. #112 Janelle
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I saw Anissa speak in the Blogging Identities and YOU session at BlogHer this summer. Such an animated, fun person. Know that many are praying and our thoughts are with you, Anissa, and the kids.

  113. #113 Corina
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much for the update. So many of us have been concerned, praying, hoping. I KNOW that this is not a sprint. We are not going away. Much love to you and the family.

  114. #114 Michael in Baton Rouge
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Our family has added Anissa and your family to our prayer list and will pray and pray and pray until prayers are answered. I believe that prayers are already answered and we are marching to see their completion. Words can not express my sorrow at hearing of this distress, especially after all you have been through with your children’s health. God gives us more than we can handle so that we need God. The old cliche that says the opposite is just plain wrong. God bless you and we are praying and praying and praying for your family.

    Michael

  115. #115 ryanandjoesmom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Prayers are on board. You are stronger then you think and you will all pull through this!

  116. #116 Jennifer
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I’ve only met Anissa once, back in October at the interview we did together on spanking for Babycenter. Even then I knew she was someone that I wanted to get to know. Her smile was infectious, her laugh remarkable. So when she gave me her business card, I went home and looked up her blog. There I met Anissa the cancer mom, Anissa the smart-ass, Anissa the blogger who was totally dedicated to her family and happy for the life she lives.

    I am praying for you, Anissa and Peter, and for your family. I truely believe you can make it through this.

    Peter, please continue to be strong for her. Prayer is a powerful thing and we will all pray for you to be strong in this most terrible time.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  117. #117 Sara Joy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    You have us Peter. We are here, and we will continue to be here. Many of us are here because we found Anissa to be so amazing, I am honored to say it doesn’t surprise me to see that you are amazing too.
    In our thoughts, in our prayers, rest assured that you will get our help, all you have to do is ask. Just keep asking, k?
    SJ

  118. #118 kia
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Prayers it is then. Please be taking care of yourself as best as you can in all this too, it is a marathon, not a sprint. Eating and vitamins won’t make up for lack of sleep and stress, but they will help. My prayers are with Anissa, you and your family.

  119. #119 Marcy-The Glamorous Life
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Your family, Anissa, the doctors and everyone involved…is on my prayer list. Not like a once a day thing, more like every moment. Everytime I yell at my kids, I pray ‘Lord Anissa needs to be able to do this too. Work on that’ and everytime I laugh I say “Lord Anissa needs to make people laugh again, work on that”…so all day long over a million things I am praying. We are all praying.

    I believe she will be well.
    It will happen.

  120. #120 Marcy-The Glamorous Life
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Your family, Anissa, the doctors and everyone involved…is on my prayer list. Not like a once a day thing, more like every moment. Everytime I yell at my kids, I pray ‘Lord Anissa needs to be able to do this too. Work on that’ and every time I laugh I say “Lord Anissa needs to make people laugh again, work on that”…so all day long over a million things I am praying. We are all praying.

    I believe she will be well.
    It will happen.

  121. #121 Jen @ lifelovenwine
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    You, Anissa, and your children are in my thoughts. I am sending hope and love and faith that she will pull through this. All of us out here are in it with you for the long haul. You will stay in everyone’s prayers.

  122. #122 Keli
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    sending prayers …

  123. #123 Headless Mom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    We’re praying on the west coast for a miracle in Atlanta.

  124. #124 Jenn Parke
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Dear Peter & Family,

    Thank you for this post. I do not know your family but as I sit in the ICU with my father right now, I feel so compelled to share my heart with you and yor family. You sound like an incredibly strong and organized husband & father. Your request are perfect. The Lord will see you all through this. Though we do not understand how He works, he is working. He adores you, your wife and your children more than words can express and I KNOW he has an incredible plan. Romans 8:28 says “All things work together for good for those who are called according to His purpose” and you and your wife ARE called according to HIS purpose.

    He’s got your back.

    I’m praying for you all.

  125. #125 Jennifer
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I’ll be praying for all of you.

  126. #126 Amy Driehorst (amyjod)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Although we’ve never met, you, Anissa and your children are in our prayers! We’re glad you have the physical strength of those close to you. Know that you have the spiritual support of thousands–many of whom you’ll never meet.

    Amy

  127. #127 Samantha
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    lots of prayers for you and your family in Fort Wayne, IN. i just passed along the prayer request to my Tuesday morning bible study girls… we are storming the gates of Heaven for your amazing wife.

  128. #128 Cate O'Malley
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Thinking good thoughts and sending prayers to you and your whole family during this difficult time.

  129. #129 Hope for Anissa — TheBloggess.com
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    [...]  She’s hysterical and witty and bitingly sarcastic and now she’s struggling to survive after having a massive stroke.  She’s younger than me.  She has three young children.  One of those children is Peyton, [...]

  130. #130 Carrie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I’m praying like crazy! Thank you for continuing to keep us updated – Anissa is lucky to have a fighting husband whose utter unselfishness and thoughtfulness is apparent. I wish I could physically wrap my arms around your WHOLE family and make this all better, but for now I continue to BELIEVE that she’s going to make progress…minute by minute.

    Much LOVE to you all.

  131. #131 Janine (@twincident)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Peter, you are freaking amazing. And soooo smart about tackling this thing one day, one moment at a time. It’s a marathon, but looking at all 26 miles is daunting, while checking off one mile at a time IS a lot easier.
    Don’t worry, the help we offer now will not go away in a month, or even 6 months. Our prayers are here now and when you need more we will cover it. Whatever it is.

  132. #132 AmazingGreis
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:29 am

    My thoughts are with you and your family and especially Anissa constantly. They will continue to be with you all until she is well on her way to recovery. You are all loved and thought of by so many.

    Anissa, we all love you and know you will fight this. XOXO

  133. #133 Trisha Vargas
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Praying for Anissa and your family in Deltona, Florida.

    God Bless!!

  134. #134 Hockeymandad
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    My family is with you and yours in spirit and heart. We’re with you for the long haul.

  135. #135 Lisa
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Peter, I am sending my love and prayers, and rainbows, unicorns and that Lucky Charms guy.

    Lisa Simonds

  136. #136 ilinap
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Thinking of you, your children, and Anissa every day. Prayers and love coming your way.

  137. #137 Shannon
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    All of Canada is praying for your recovery Anissa! We pray for your family to weather the storm, and to become stronger for you as you fight. You will come through… you will be strong :)

  138. #138 Tracey
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Sending your family so much strength, love and prayer for Anissa’s recovery….

    Thoughts are with you always.

  139. #139 always home and uncool
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    We’re here to give you and your family an extra strengh you need, Peter. We’ll all sending our thoughts your and Anissa’s way.

    Kevin

  140. #140 Nellie - New York
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Sending lots of strong prayers for Anissa’s full road to recovery. Prayers are overflowing and they are brought with much love, peace and healing for Anissa and your family and friends.

  141. #141 Shash
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I’m ready to come help at a moments notice. You just let me know Peter. In the meantime I’m praying as hard and as loud as I can. Love you guys!

  142. #142 Elaine
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    What an amazing post. Thank you for sharing all of this with us.

    I don’t know Anissa per se but I believe in the power of the community we have here and know that so many friends are supporting you and your children and praying for her complete recovery. Sending prayers and love from Louisiana…

  143. #143 Musings of a Housewife
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I have had Anissa on my mind ever since I heard the news on Twitter. I had a blast with her last year at Blissdom, and have kept up with her on Twitter and her blog since then. I will be praying for you and your family through this.

  144. #144 Redneck Mommy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I’m praying Peter. I’m praying. And I’ve asked my son, my own personal Angel in Heaven, to fly over and watch out for Anissa. I told him he could nuzzle her boobs so he was all over that. He loved boobs while he was alive so Nissa’s rack should really make him smile.

    Stay strong and don’t give up.

    Because I won’t. And neither will she.

  145. #145 Karl
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Peter, praying like crazy. Love that woman of yours and wish I could do more. I’m glad you have tons of support from family and friends.

  146. #146 Nenette
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    We’re here for you and your family, Peter. We’ll be praying for Anissa for as long as it takes.

  147. #147 Lotus Carroll / Sarcastic Mom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    The prayers and the love will be endless, like our hope for you guys.
    We can wait until you call on us. Here to help, whenever you guys need it!

    <3

  148. #148 Liz
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Praying here in Los Angeles. I do believe in the power of prayer and am praying for Anissa’s recovery & strength for her and for you and the kids.

  149. #149 Sandi
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I don’t know you and I only know Anissa through Twitter but I am hoping and wishing with all my might and Anissa wakes up soon. I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  150. #150 Leigh Scott
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    The brain has mysterious and magnificent healing powers. My family is praying for all of you from Kentucky. One day at a time…take care of yourself so you can take care of your family.

  151. #151 LindsayDianne
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Peter, We can’t imagine what you and your children and family members are going through right now. We’re here and waiting for the word on what we can do to help.
    This particularly hits me because I was recently undergoing some tests to determine stroke risk and I’m twenty freaking five myself.

    Thank you for the update. You’re in our thoughts everyday.

  152. #152 Tim Young
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Anissa, prayers and so much love coming to you from Batavia, OH…keep fighting girl…

  153. #153 Lynn @ Walking With Scissors
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I will pray for Anissa and your family as well. I think you are doing an amazing job of keeping level-headed through this. Anissa sounds like a fighter. (hugs)

  154. #154 Stacey
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Anissa has touched so many lives. I have been and will continue to pray for her!

  155. #155 Heather @ CSAHM
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    PRAYING!

  156. #156 threeundertwo
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    You’ve got it. Heartfelt prayers for Anissa and the whole family and the medical team. She’s always been there for me and I treasure her.

  157. #157 Katie (Overflowing Brain)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Peter- I’m Heather Spohr’s friend and I’ve been giving her all the information that I can from my husband (a doctor going into pediatric neurology) and my sister (a neuro physical therapist, who deals almost exclusively with strokes).

    If you need anything else, more information, anything, do not hesitate to email (overflowingbrain@gmail.com) or ask Heather. She knows how to get ahold of me.

    I’d pretty much walk to the end of the world for your wife.

    Much love and prayers.

  158. #158 To Think Is To Create
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Peter, thank you so much for this post. To be thinking of this community right now, knowing how badly we long to hear news, it’s beyond generous of you.

    I can only imagine the strength it takes (which you clearly have — because you decided to) continuing on in hope and love and being the rock for your children right now.

    God’s grace and love and blessings abound, and we’re praying that His Hand be on you all right now. Comforting, healing, restoring.

    Love,
    Arianne

  159. #159 mariah
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to update us all. I’ve never met Anissa, but you all have been added to our prayers here in ca.

  160. #160 Mel
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Here via the Bloggess, Mommy Wants Vodka, and darned near every other blog I read; Anissa is well loved in the blogging community.

    I’m not a praying person, but I will think good, healing thoughts for Anissa and your whole family.

  161. #161 Leslie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Praying for you all here in Newcomerstown, Ohio.

  162. #162 amanda
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Here, today and forever, just like Anissa will be. Thank you.

  163. #163 Rusti
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I’m a total stranger to you all, but you have now, and will continue to have, my thoughts and prayers… wishing for all the best…

  164. #164 LovefromSF
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    We are praying for Anissa’s recovery as well. My mother had a massive stroke nearly 10 years ago (same side apparently). We weren’t sure if she was going to make it. It was a terrifying 2 month ordeal. And you are correct, it is indeed an ultra marathon – one that we are still running (her recovery is only about 50%). But find reassurance in faith and prayer – just 30 minutes of daily prayer/meditation helped me get through the initial months of sleepless nights and missed meals.

    Please take care of the kids and yourself. God bless.

  165. #165 Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I knew I would cry, but it was the phone call of hers to you that did me in. Holy crap, honey. I am hoping, praying, wishing, crossing everything I own for you.

  166. #166 Sara Sophia
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I am a “virtual stranger” who can’t control her tears at the moment.
    I can’t stop thinking of Anissa.

    I met her this September at Type A Mom and was so much in awe of her. I timidly approached her and wanted to say hello…how much reading her words encouraged me and helped me laugh my way through another day.

    She gave me a big hug and asked me if I had seen Pretty in Pink.
    Apparently that is Very Important:)

    The next time we spoke was on Twitter where I got myself in vast trouble when I admitted to not knowing who Raph Macchio was.

    She made me love her so much in such an infinitesimal amount of time–but then, it seems apparent from the online response to your families plight that…that is who she is.

    She is love. Snarky, big-hearted fabulous love:)

    My prayers and heart and every small thought are with you.
    While I wash the dishes, while I fold the clothes, when I go to bed at night…I am thinking of the entity which is Anissa, bigger than life and full of heart.

    She just has to be o.k.

  167. #167 Allyson
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I gave up prayer seven years ago. But for Anissa, I’m pulling my old habits back out and giving it another try. Because while I doubt some things, I still believe in hope. And every ounce of me is hoping for you all and pulling for her.

  168. #168 Luci
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Prayer may be the most powerful weapon in your court. Being a prayer warrior for you and your family

  169. #169 thepsychobabble
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Strength comes in many different forms. And needing to lean on others isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of having teh smartz!
    I’m glad to here that your immediate needs are covered.
    We’re all rooting for Anissa, and for the rest of you guys, too!

  170. #170 Holly
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Sending prayers from a stranger in Chicago your way.

  171. #171 monstergirlee
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Praying for your recovery Anissa, and for strength for your family.

  172. #172 Lundie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I will be praying for you and your family.

  173. #173 Heather, Queen of Shake Shake
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    So much love to Anissa and your family. We are all pulling for her.

  174. #174 Zakary
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Thinking of your family and hoping, wishing for the absolute best.

  175. #175 Melissa Multitasking Mama
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Praying, praying, praying! I hate this for you and your precious family and definitely for Anissa. Thank you for keeping all us “internets” updated.

  176. #176 Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I met Anissa in September, and she struck me as a fighter if ever I’ve seen one. My thoughts and prayers are headed her way. And yours. And the kids.

    I can’t wait for you to post that she opened her eyes and asked what the hell happened.

  177. #177 Chibi Jeebs
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I haven’t had the honour of meeting Anissa yet, but I love her like I’ve known her forever. I’m not someone who prays an awful lot, but I’ve been praying harder than ever before since I first heard, and will continue to do so until Anissa’s back home again. Sending much love to you all. <3

  178. #178 hipm0m77
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Peter,

    You are stronger than you know. Anissa is surrounded in prayer, as is your entire family. Thank you for sharing this. None of us truly know your wife like you do, but we know that she will come out of this. And we will all be here when you need us.

  179. #179 EcoMeg
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Am sending out prayers as I type. She’s a fighter!

  180. #180 Tara Wesely @twesely
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard!
    Anissa is good people (or so I’ve felt from our few interactions over the interwebs…).

  181. #181 EcoMeg
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Am sending out prayers as I type!!

  182. #182 Kate
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Prayers being said from Toronto, Canada.

  183. #183 amanda
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Sending love and prayers to you all from CT!

  184. #184 Aunt Becky
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Rallying. Won’t stop. Ever.

  185. #185 Jackie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Sending prayers.

  186. #186 Valerie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Sitting here crying, praying for all of you. Prayers for Indiana.

  187. #187 annie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    You seem pretty strong to me, so don’t sell yourself short.

    Wishing you peace and strength.

  188. #188 foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I haven’t had the chance to meet Anissa in person yet. That’s definitely going to happen one day. Definitely praying for the fighter inside her triumph!

  189. #189 Lori
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Praying in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Be strong and have faith.

  190. #190 Traci Williams
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Peter you are strong and you are doing great! We will not stop praying and God will give you strength.

    I have always been impressed by the loving humorous relationship you share.

    Thank you for re-opening the site for Anissa. Wow is she going to be impressed :) Reading the words written by you makes me feel one step closer to her.

    Thanks again, it’s a really good thing :)

  191. #191 Seattlejo
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Thinking of you and your family Peter.

  192. #192 kim
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Peter
    as a stroke survivor I’m praying for Anissa.
    you might want to check out http://www.strokenetwork.org, there are some pretty powerful people on there who have survived and can give you lots of words of encouragement.
    Hang in there! The brain is a powerful healer!

  193. #193 bassackwards mom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Praying for you and your entire family from Charlotte NC.

  194. #194 Sarah @ Small Slice
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Praying for her and for you and your family! Stay strong!

  195. #195 cindy w
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Praying as hard as I can. Sending all our love to you & your family.

  196. #196 Babybloomr
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Is it completely overwhelming for you to read how many lives (and boobs) your incredible wife has touched? It is to me, and I’ve only met her IRL once! She appears to be dang near universally loved by everyone who’s ever shared airspace with her, and a few thousand more who haven’t, but read her words. That’s exquisitely rare, and kind of magical.

    Prayers are going up, updates are being pored over, and help is being offered from EVERYWHERE. Your family is surrounded by the kind of love Anissa has offered so freely to so many others. It’s very strong– as strong as she is, and strong enough to reach inside her battered body and reactivate that incredible brain and her never-give-up spirit.

    Sending you hope, and comfort and faith.

  197. #197 Sharon H.
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    You don’t know me from a hole in the wall (longtime lurker) but please know that this virtual stranger is keeping ALL of you in my thoughts right now, with good karma for as complete of a recovery as possible.

  198. #198 julia
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Praying for you and your family. Julie

  199. #199 Shirley Darbee
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Of course I wil honor your request. Prayer all the time for her, for you, for the kids, for the families.

    You don’t need me, you have HIM with you all the time. He is good and faithful.

    I am so happy your IRL friends have come forward and I am sure they will be with you as long as needed.

  200. #200 Liz@thisfullhouse
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share and I am sending you and your family much love, hope and prayers from Jersey, too!

  201. #201 marty
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    You have all the prayers I can muster, Peter. Thank you for writing this and sharing part of your family with us all.

    I think you are much stronger than you give yourself credit for.

  202. #202 Lori
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Peter,

    I am praying for your family. There is what I think an inspirational story of someone I used to work with that you might find encouraging.

    http://www.nicclassick.com

    Lori

  203. #203 Amy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Praying

  204. #204 Linda@Short Pump Preppy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I SOOOO adore Anissa. Praying for her and your family. I’m happy to do anything to help out. I’m pretty amazed at the strength you show, Peter, and I know Anissa will be proud of you too.

  205. #205 Katherine Stone
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    What an amazing man you are to take time out of everything you are going through to update the rest of the world. Thank you. Fellow blogger in Atlanta happy to help out when the time is right. Many blessings to you and Anissa!

  206. #206 Kristin
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Praying hard for you and Anissa!

  207. #207 Julie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Praying for Anissa and family. She’s become a friend without ever meeting in person.

  208. #208 Darryle
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you for writing this. It proves that in addition to all her other gifts and talents, Anissa also married the right man. I’m constantly carrying all of you—and hope–in my heart.

  209. #209 B
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Praying!

  210. #210 Kristin Smith
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Peter thank you so much for taking the time to update us all. I’ve never met Anissa but have exchanged tweets with her enough, and read her blog enough to know what a wonderful woman she is. I am in Indiana and while I may not be there to help physically with what is needed, I am a virtual shoulder to lean on. Praying everyday for her and for your whole family.

  211. #211 Lauren H
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Peter –

    I have been guilty of watching Enterprise JUST to hear the theme song too when things have not been going well. It really is perfect for when the times get tough.

    I have been praying for all of you since I first heard of what happened and will continue to keep all of you in my prayers forever. Cuz who can’t use some prayer?

    Anissa is surrounded by love, faith, strength – all the right things she needs to get through this.

    Take care of you in all of this as well.

    sending hugs and prayers,
    Lauren H

  212. #212 Ira
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    You all are in our thoughts, always. Absolutely always.

  213. #213 crunchy domestic goddess (amy)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    thank you so much for keeping us updated, peter. i think of anissa, you and your family often. you are all in my prayers.

    i wanted to let you know too about a woman (age 33) i went to high school with who also had a major stroke earlier this year. it was very slow and hard and there were plenty of setbacks, but she’s recovering. i know anissa is a fighter just like this woman is and we are all pulling for her.

  214. #214 Sarah M.
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Sending prayers for Anissa, for you and for the children.

  215. #215 Maggie, dammit
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Peter, I’m one of the many people who’ve had the privilege of holding your wife’s hand. I am so grateful to you for these details.

    I haven’t stopped praying for all of you, and I won’t.

  216. #216 Tania - Chicky Chicky Baby
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Peter,

    Anissa has been in my thoughts every moment of every day since I heard the news. I’m not the type to throw around words like “praying for her” lightly since I rarely pray, but I can honestly say I’ve been praying for Anissa and for you and your kids. She’s so strong. If anyone is going to make it through this, it’s Anissa.

    Wishing you peace.

  217. #217 Zoeyjane
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    In February, you just let me know how I can help. I’ll keep my eyes open till then. Love and peace to the whole family.

  218. #218 Ally Affinito
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve never had the priviledge to meet you & your family; however I’ve head wonderful things about all of you from my friend Sharon. She’s always kept us to date. I thank you for these details. My family and all my Mary Kay sisters have you in all our prayers. Together we have faith that your family WILL see the light @ end of tunnel once again.

  219. #219 Amo
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Peter, you have the strength. You have the love from all of us to support you. We love your wife, your children and you more than you can imagine. This online community is a strange place, but the friendships forged here are true.

    I have been praying day and night for Anissa and your family and will continue.

    Much Love,
    Amy

  220. #220 Miss Ash
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Sending my prayers for you Anissa. Please recover well… the blogging community will not be the same without you.

  221. #221 anymommy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Just adding my love and thoughts. They are constant.

  222. #222 stuffie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    peter-
    I hold you and your amazing wife and children up in prayer. May God comfort you when you are down, and give you strength to cope, and make wise decisions. I dont know any of you, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Someone once said to me “God can never give you more than you can handle” Believe in that. You are just as strong as Anissa! Hugs and many, many prayers to all of you.
    Bless you all-
    Stuffie.

  223. #223 Jenna @ For The Love of Baby
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    You are all in my constant thoughts right now. Staying strong for you all and lifting you all up in positive thoughts right now!

  224. #224 Cathy B
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    just to let you know I am praying. Be encouraged. She and your whole family are being covered in prayer by so many. I have a dear friend who went thru a similar thing 4 months ago. They said no hope..she wouldnt make it. Prayer went up around the world. She is now in rehab and using a walker! She talks fine and most of her memory is restored. The big part will be learning to use her left side of body again… She is a fighter too and we cannot believe her progress. Her life has touched the lives of everyone she has come in contact with…Our prayers are also so with each and every family member and friend who are pitching in.
    cathy b

  225. #225 Emily
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, you have me in tears. I hadn’t heard of Anissa until a few days ago, but she has been in my prayers ever since. I think you are both very strong. I pray she will continue to heal and recover. Take Care.

  226. #226 Rhonda
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Peter-please know that I am patient. I am here when and if you need me. I know you don’t know me, none of you do; and I certainly understand the need for consistency for the kids. And if all you ever require of me is prayer-that in it’s self is not a small thing to me. I will continue to pray and storm the gates of Heaven for Anissa and your family. I am asking special prayer for you from groups of my Christian brothers and sisters at every opportunity. It will not cease. Anissa has had an incredible impact on so many-now it is our turn to do the same for her, you, Nathaniel, Rachel and Peyton. You are all much stronger than you know. God bless you all-and hang in there! It is incredible that you can tell she is in there fighting-but I am not surprised-I am sure no one is!
    In Christ’s Love~
    Rhonda

  227. #227 HennHouse (Karin)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    praying

  228. #228 zenmomma
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Thinking of you all and holding Anissa in the most sacred of my thoughts.

  229. #229 Claire Olson
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Hi Mayhew Family,

    We were shocked to hear the news and have been praying ever since. I had emailed Anissa a few weeks ago to let your family know that there are 3 Rally Athletes running the Disney marathon in January to raise money for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research in honor of Peyton. Since then, 3 more people have decided to run for Peyton! So now there are 6 people thinking of and praying for Peyton and your family as they train.

    Rally On, Mayhew Family!
    Claire
    Rally Kid Coordinator

  230. #230 Amy Bayliss
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Sending prayers fro you and your family. Please keep us updated.

  231. #231 Janna
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Peter,
    You CAN do this…Anissa CAN do this!
    Your family is constantly on my mind and in my prayers.
    *hugs* to all of you.

  232. #232 Melanie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I can’t even grasp that this is a reality. I am just floored. Anissa IS strong. You ARE strong. Your kids are amazing. Our God is an awesome God. You are all in our prayers..all of Brandon is praying I believe.

  233. #233 annettek
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Sending good thoughts and prayers to all of you. Anissa is an amazing woman and I know she’ll pull through this.

  234. #234 Nicole
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    You are both amazingly strong people.

    Anissa has touched so many lives – and it looks like they’re all pulling for her, even those of us that haven’t met her in person.

    Lean all you need – we are here and thinking about you.

  235. #235 Lindsey
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I am SO sorry to hear about your wife. I hope she shows that prayer does work and comes home safe. God Bless you guys

  236. #236 Shelbie Johnston
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    You are in my prayers!

  237. #237 Pray for Anissa « Maternal Instincts
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    [...] November 20, 2009 by Niksmom Please add your voice in prayer, your heart in hope, and your spirit in asking for healing for Anissa and her family. [...]

  238. #238 monica
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    praying in NJ!!

  239. #239 Kerry
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Prayers from MN. I will continue to keep your family and Anissa in my prayers.

  240. #240 Kay
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Pete, Anissa, Nathaniel, Rachel and Peyton
    We are praying for strength, guidance and healing. We are heartbroken. Know that you are so special to us. We are holding you up along with all of your Tampa family .. Anissa you are so Strong and amazing.
    Much Love,
    Kay, Dan, Dana and Cody

    Peter Mayhew Reply:

    Love you guys Kay.

  241. #241 Jeanne
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Thoughts and prayers from Duluth Minnesota from a stealth blog reader! Fight, Anissa, fight!

  242. #242 Nicole
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Peter, you don’t know me and I barely know your wife. We went to a couple of the same blogging conferences and worked on a Twitter campaign together. Of course I knew who “she” was…Anissa Mayhew, for goodness sake. But she treated me like a rock star. Like I was something special. Like we had been friends for 20 years. And I loved her for that, without even really knowing her.

    Please know and be assured that we are praying for you. Every time I see a tweet or an email update, I whisper a prayer of peace and healing and comfort for your entire family. You ARE in God’s hands.

  243. #243 LeeAnne
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Peter~ Anissa as well as you and the kids are at the very top of my prayer list. She is so heavy on my mind. So are you. Hang in there. You are stronger than you think. God bless.

  244. #244 Marilyn
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I have prayed for Anissa and all of your family every day since this happened. I pray for her recovery and I pray that you will be able to find the strength you need to keep on going.

  245. #245 Dorothy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Praying for you now.

  246. #246 lceel
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I know there is nothing I can do from this distance but pray. And so I shall. And perhaps my small voice added to all the other voices out there will help. I hope so.

    Ndinombethe.

  247. #247 LisaLisa/Caringmom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Sending many prayers from Michigan. Lord I pray please hear all of our cry for healing for Anissa. Peter I don’t know your wife or you but I do know that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask.

    Sending many prayers for all of you~~hugs~~

  248. #248 Fairly Odd Mother
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I cannot believe that this has happened to the smiling, kind woman who gave me the warmest hug in Boston (even though we mostly knew each other from Twitter, she made me feel so welcome in a room full of mostly strangers). I have thought of her so many times in the past week and I will send prayers to the heavens for her recovery.

  249. #249 Bj in Dallas
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Prayers from Texas………

    Hug those babies for all of us

  250. #250 tiff
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Thinking of Anissa and you and the kids – from Australia.
    Hoping that you get everything you need.

  251. #251 Sue
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Praying over here. For all of you.

  252. #252 Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve not been SAYING much online about this, but I’ve been PRAYING and thinking of you so much.

    I may have run into Alli Worthington (who I’d met before) first, but Anissa is the first person I met at Blissdom this year. My memory is that she was a little nervous about the whole enterprise, because it was her first conference. Looking back, I can’t believe that OUR Anissa was nervous, but I think that was the case. :)

    She asked me where I am from, and when I told her, “the Atlanta area,” she told me you were moving here soon. We ran into each other a few more times over the weekend, but didn’t talk much more. At some point during the weekend we started following each other on Twitter. I’ve been enjoying her Tweets ever since.

    On Monday, she Tweeted about “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” I told her I loved that movie and she said, “I love it MOAR!!” Loved that.

    Thank you for the post. It helped me to know more of the details, though you were, of course, under no obligation to tell us any.

    Much love…

    Rebecca

  253. #253 Missy Jane
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I am sending love and prayers to you and your family… It’s not much, but I hope it helps. Thinking of you all constantly.

  254. #254 Angela
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    My sister, my friend. I love you and your family.

  255. #255 Lisa
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Anissa & family – God provides miracles & healing every day and we are praying for you here in CT!!!

  256. #256 Vicki Sinz
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you so much for the update Peter. Prayers for Anissa and your family are constant … I’m a stranger but I really do care about your family.

    I love Anissa’s post that was just two prior to this one (before moving to her new site)…

    Romans 12:12

    Rejoice in hope

    Be patient in tribulation

    Be constant in prayer

    With love and constant prayer from Minnesota (and Alaska)

    Vicki Sinz

    Vicki Sinz Reply:

    Oops… it was 4 posts back from this one (not 2)

  257. #257 C
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Sending prayers your way. Surrounding you with Love Light and Blessings. Love and Hugs from Florida.

    “There is never a day so dreary,
    But God can make it bright,
    And unto the soul that trusts Him,
    He giveth songs in the night.

    There is never a path so hidden,
    But God will lead the way;
    If we seek for His Spirit’s guidance,
    And patiently wait and pray.”
    Author Unknown to Me

  258. #258 motherofbun
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    You have our prayers in truckloads.

  259. #259 motherofbun
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Thinking of you all. ALOT. ALOT. ALOT! Sending hugs. ALOT ALOT ALOT.

  260. #260 Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Peter-

    Anissa is strong-she is a fighter, but I am not telling you anything that you don’t already know. On my knees praying for her, you, the kids, the doctors…..lots and lots of prayers.

    Domestic Extraordinaire Heather

  261. #261 edenland
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Prayers, love, and light from Australia. Every day. xoxoxox

  262. #262 Karen
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Daren and I and the kids are all pulling for her from Canada. Much love and positive thoughts to all of you. Praying hard, Mayhews. So very hard.

  263. #263 Shannon Olgin
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Praying for your family!

  264. #264 Prayers for Anissa | iamkoream
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

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  265. #265 Miss Behavin
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Sending prayers; positive thoughts and energy from Ohio. My mother-in-law is even lighting Holy Candles.

  266. #266 Sergei Fyodorov
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Praying for her out here in Northern California…. almost knowing she will pull through

  267. #267 niri
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Peter, I won’t pretend to know your pain but I hope the hope we all have in you both to get through this is warm enough for you. The overwhelming support for Anissa is testament to her being who she is, but today reading your post it was clear that you guys are a perfect match.

    With so many people praying there is one heck of a force behind you.

    Niri
    Mommy Niri

  268. #268 **Nicole**
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that although I’d never even heard either of your names before this happened, I’ve been praying ever since I heard the word from all my other friends on Twitter. Praying for strength and courage for your entire family no matter what. The blogging community is a tight knit one and you have a whole lotta ppl out here praying for you all!

  269. #269 kootnygirl
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I keep hearing about how strong Anissa is, and though I’ve never met her, I completely believe it.

    But you are freaking strong too, Peter. That is abundantly clear.

    I’m not one to pray, but I am sending every positive vibe I can muster. I believe she will come back to friends, old and new.

  270. #270 nicole addison
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    sending up lots of prayers. my father just had a stroke 1 month ago and i can understand all of the fears, struggles you are going through right now. keep your heads up and keep praying. my dad has slowly been making progress, which im sure she will keep doing as well. prayers from nc

  271. #271 Katie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    My heart goes out to you and your family! Prayers and love from us.

  272. #272 Pricilla
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Please accept all the positive thoughts I and the goats can send your way.
    Goat hugs!

  273. #273 Katja Presnal
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  274. #274 Heidi
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    My thoughts are with you, Anissa and your beautiful children. She is a wonderfully strong woman, and if this can be overcome, she is the woman who will do it.

  275. #275 Lois-Goodies for Mom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Saying lots of prayers for Anissa and your whole family.

  276. #276 blueviolet
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I just keep praying for Anissa and your family. God bless!

  277. #277 Kim Cragg
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Peter – you did good – your sweet wife will be proud of you!!
    Wont stop praying in Tampa

  278. #278 Kristi of Million Dream Mom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    WHAT? I’m in shock. Anissa is one of the most vibrant people I’ve ever met, and I only met her once, at this past BlogHer. I can’t fathom this happening to her, to your family. I am praying hard and will continue to do so. She has the heart of a lion; she will overcome.

  279. #279 Ivy Helton
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Peter– I am praying for Anissa and for your family to get through this! With all the love and prayers from your friends and family, I know she will. If anyone can get through this ANISSA CAN!! And thank you so much for taking time to update this page. I have been anxiously waiting to hear how she is doing. Your family is so strong and even though you feel as though you are not being very strong….you are!

    Love and prayers,
    Ivy and the Helton crew

  280. #280 Debra Muccio
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Prayers for you and your family. I’ve been in a hospital room looking for those encouraging movements ….it’s so difficult ……but know that you are strong and can get through this. I’ll be praying for you all.

  281. #281 mommabird2345
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Mayhew family. Hugs to you all.

  282. #282 Awesome Mom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    All I can say is you are all in my prayers.

  283. #283 moosh in indy.
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    We’ve got your proverbial boobs too Peter.

  284. #284 Julie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    You have my prayers for sure. The world is better because Anissa is in it, and we’re not giving up on her any time soon!!!

  285. #285 Christine
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Your family is my thoughts… I also send prayers to Anissa, and to you Peter.
    God bless.

  286. #286 Kim Maratto
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Peter,
    I am praying for you. Miracles do happen. I ruptured at 21 weeks with one of my twin daughters. They told me no chance for survival and even if she did, she would have no quality of life. She is now a year old and crawls, talks, etc… Just believe and have a little faith. I will be thinking of you and praying.
    Kim

  287. #287 Faith
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    You are all in my prayers for a miracle on behalf of your family.

  288. #288 kimberly/tippytoes
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Keep fighting Anissa! Sending positive thoughts to you and your family!

  289. #289 Genny
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Praying for your family and for your wife’s full recovery! (I heard the news from 5MinutesforMom and had to stop by. I write at their sister site, 5MinutesforFaith).

    I pray that God wraps you in His arms, gives you, Anissa, and the kids peace during this tribulation, and that He showers you with strength and hope that suprasses all understanding.

  290. #290 Jenn
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I am praying for you and your family.

    I have included a prayer request on my blog.

  291. #291 Heather D.
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Peter, I think you’re incredible strong for reaching out to all of us. I will keep your family in my prayers. May God answer them and heal her quickly.

  292. #292 califmom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I “met” Anissa on twitter, my husband’s first day of chemo. Since then, we met at BlogHer. And just this last week, I regained my ability to pray. For a long time, I just couldn’t make it happen.

    I’m not sure why God chose now to give me back the gift of prayer, but I’m sure as hell using it for Anissa.

  293. #293 gigimom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Touched by your family’s story on facebook…sorry you are going through this. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  294. #294 Petula
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Peter… I have never had the chance to “meet” Anissa, but I have heard such wonderful and amazing things about her. What a gem she is. I’ve read blog posts, tweets, notes on FB and the prayers continue to ring out and up. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and Anissa. May you find peace, comfort, joy and healing.

  295. #295 Audrey
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Lots of prayers and positive thoughts coming from our tiny family here in Maine. We’ll continue to hold you and the entire family close to our hearts and minds!

  296. #296 Jackie
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    We are praying hard here in Colorado for Anissa!!! I believe!! God bless!

  297. #297 twin
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Thinking of your family in RI. She will get through this!!!

  298. #298 Suebob
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Anissa and your family are never far from my thoughts. I hope that she will be borne up by the strength of these prayers.

  299. #299 joy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Prayers and Reiki energy coming.
    I’ve added Anissa to the healing altar my Reiki Master holds for our Reiki community.

    she is a beacon of light, and we will continue to send her healing energies.

  300. #300 Erin
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I know you don’t know me, but I’m one of the hundreds of nutty women that chats with your wife daily via twitter, blogs, and the rest.

    Lean on me. Lean on us. LEAN as much as you need to. We are here. In droves.

  301. #301 Dr. Mommy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Wow!! All I can say is that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.. I met Anissa at the Type A Mom Conference and so very blessed to have met such a beautiful person inside and out.

    I pray that our heavenly father will wrap his arms around Anissa and her family.

    I pray for peace and comfort for Peter and the children and the immediate family.

    I pray that they will have the courage to withstand your final decision and give Anissa the strength to continuing fighting.

    God Bless.

    Hugs,
    Dr. Daisy aka Dr. Mommy

  302. #302 valgalart
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  303. #303 Leila
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    I just spent 2 hours reading Anissa’s blogs. I have never met her but would love the chance. The love she feels for her family and friends is evident in every single post.

    Peter, you, Anissa and your beautiful children will be in my prayers until Anissa is back home where she belongs.

  304. #304 sno_buny
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Peter,

    Your message touched my soul. Your Annisa, you, your children, & extended family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you have the strenght you need during this time – to help each other and Anissa. May all of you experience the healing of God’s loving heart and the comfort that you need.
    Know that you are loved,
    sno_buny

  305. #305 Positively Positive Friday November 20 | The Morris Bunch Blog
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    [...] is about being positive! I also want to take a minute today and ask that you all say a prayer for Anissa. She suffered a stroke on Tuesday and is TOO YOUNG! We need to pull together and think positive [...]

  306. #306 Noelle
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Anissa and family, you are in my constant thoughts and prayers.

  307. #307 Lorie Shewbridge
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I heard of your wife’s health problem on Uprinting, please know that I am praying for your entire family and wishing you the strengh for whatever is to come!

  308. #308 Wendy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I found out about this story after so many other blogs I read have linked to it or referenced it in some way. Add another person who’s praying for all of you. I just can’t imagine – but, if there’s any silver lining in all of this, it sounds as if you have an amazing support network, which is such a blessing.

  309. #309 Paige
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Definite thoughts and prayers are with you all. My mom had a stroke at 55 (young but not as young as your dear wife) and is fine now. I hope you take comfort in that!! ((HUGS))

  310. #310 Karen
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Peter and family,
    Many often wonder why these things happen…first Anissa and then Peyton now Anissa again….
    Look at how many people have turned to God and are praying for you. There is your reason. Anissa touches so many lives and is helping bring us closer to Him.
    I am praying, I’ve asked everyone to pray….may God’s healing hand touch Anissa and your entire family.
    I’ve only known her through the blog comment conversations we’ve had…but she has brought a smile to my face on many occasions. I hope this email brings a little peace to you tonight.
    Stay strong…you and the kids are her everything and from the looks of things, she has a lot.

  311. #311 submom
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Peter, I am just a stranger, but your strength as shown in the post is really inspiring. You are blessed with so many strong support groups. I will be doing my part by praying for Anissa and your family.

  312. #312 Karalyn
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Peter, Praying for you, Nathaniel, Rachael, Peyton, and of course Anissa.

  313. #313 Lucretia Pruitt
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I know I came and commented earlier, but wanted to come back and say how much I can’t wait for the post that she is back on her way to being with all of us who miss her fiercely.

    Prayers have been constant since I found out.

    She is one amazing lady

  314. #314 Char Smits
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Peter…just found Anissa’s blog page as Sheila Walsh posted this link…just wanted to let you know that our ministry and many many people and partners are praying for Anissa and you and your family.
    on facebook we are James 5:16 Ministries and our blog is http://www.james516ministries.blogspot.com
    the prayer request blog is
    http://www.prayertimetuesday.blogspot.com

    We are praying for a miracle!!
    Char Smits
    President, James 5:16 Ministries

  315. #315 Haley-O (Cheaty)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    My God, I am praying for Anissa, you and your children. Thank you for sharing what’s happening with all of us. Blessings blessings blessings and positive, healing thoughts. Here for the long haul and hoping for Anissa’s quick and complete recovery. ((Hugs))

  316. #316 Christy Matte
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Tonight we were watching the Wizard of Oz and the Wizard said something that made me think of Anissa, “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” Anissa, you must have quite the heart!

    Peter, just let us know what you need and when. We’re not going anywhere… you’re kind of stuck with this big, crazy, boob-talking extended Internet family. When you feel like you just can’t take another step, I hope you can find some strength in that.

  317. #317 Crystal Arcand (3Stairs)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Praying for you and Anissa, Peter, as well as the children. May you feel God’s presence and peace.

  318. #318 Michelle
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Praying for Anissa and your entire family…praying also for her doctors to have wisdom with regard to her care.

  319. #319 Shop with Me Mama (Kim)
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    You are all in my daily prayers. I pray that Anissa will make a full recovery. Lean all you want, we are here for you!!!

  320. #320 Manic Mommy
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Sending prayers and strength.

  321. #321 rachel
    on Nov 20th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Another set of prayers coming from someone who doesn’t know you, but has read enough to see how strong she is. Sounds like the cavalry is just getting started, and it’s amazingly strong of you to be ready to ask for help already.
    Glad to hear you and the kids are surrounded by loving arms and supports, and at last count, about 20 million prayers.

  322. #322 Dorian aka coffeesister |_|)
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I don’t have words.. but do have prayers!

    (|_|*to Anissa*|_|)
    “We acquire the strength we have overcome.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

  323. #323 Dee
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I’ve never visited your blog or heard of Anissa before today.

    I came here via Uprinting network.

    But I know I can pray. I will pray for you and Anissa and your kids.

    blessings.

  324. #324 Peapodsmummy
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Will pray for all your family. Anissa sounds very special. Hang in there & trust God.

  325. #325 Kimberly
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:12 am

    praying

  326. #326 sandi
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:12 am

    praying in Orange County….
    I met your wife in Chicago at Blogher, and I loved her immediately. I can’t imagine what you are going through, so I won’t pretend to. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  327. #327 Tanya
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I’m a firm believer in prayer and will do what I can to pray for Annisa’s recovery and your family’s strength through this all. God bless you and lift you up during this challenging time.

    Tanya

  328. #328 Meg
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I don’t know you or your family but know that my little corner of MN is praying for you and yours.

  329. #329 Marie
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Prayers for you and your family from Canada, Peter.

    When it’s time to set up a “co-ordinate the volunteers” website, you might want to check into carecalendar.org – it looks pretty good. (I’m not affiliated with the site, but I had it in my bookmarks.)

    Blessings to you all.

  330. #330 Mary@The Writer's Block
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Prayers for complete healing. Prayers for peace and comfort. Prayers for doctors’ wisdom and caregiving.

    Prayers for all of you.

    Love and hugs to you!

  331. #331 Michele
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Dearest family…just a stranger in Omaha, NE that happened to fall upon your site through another bloggers. God is such a gentleman…he wont push Himself upon you so the fact you asked for prayer is such a wonderful thing!! Praying for your whole family for patience, love, health, strength and so much more during this time. Praying for those that love you and support you to continue to put your needs in front of all else during this time. God will provide. He has her hand. Many hugs from a stranger. I will pray daily for you and yours. In HIS name. Amen.

  332. #332 Naddez
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 1:11 am

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  333. #333 cindi
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 1:14 am

    You and your family are being prayed for in Northern California.

  334. #334 Chacoy
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Peter,
    God only gives us what we can handle; even though it feels like he has given you and your family more than a lifetime of hurt and pain- out of it comes a stronger bond with God, your family, friends, and strangers. I hope that you can find the strength in knowing that God has not and will never leave you and your family in this time of need.
    I am praying for Anissa in Price, Utah, and will ask the Priest and congregation to pray for her, your family, and all of the doctor’s and nurse’s who are caring for her.
    Prayers-and-love,
    Chacoy

  335. #335 Lucinda Martin
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 1:48 am

    May angels surround you, Anissa, and your children with love and comfort. Continuous prayers from Phoenix AZ

  336. #336 Deb Klopp
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Praying for the bleeding to subside… no more stroking… praying for signs you know Anissa is with you… fighting … praying that the Lord will heal where doctors mumble and shake their heads… no way to explain what happened, why it happened… but God can make a way… Praying for your kids, for you… knowing that all we have is the moment and praying for hope for a future….

  337. #337 Maura
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Thank you, Peter, for taking the time and care to share with us what has been going on. Your remarkable wife has left her inimitable imprint on so many! The strength she has lent to others can only come back tenfold at a time like this. Like someone else said, I’d walk to the end of the world for her if she needed me to, and I’m holding her, you and the kids close in my heart.

  338. #338 Vanessa
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Praying for you all.

  339. #339 Erika Morgan
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 3:01 am

    I don’t know your wife personally but I happened to hear about this tragedy through another blog I follow. I am so sorry to hear about this news and I will be sure to keep your wife and family in my prayers. It sounds as if you wife is a very strong person and I fully believe she will come out of this stronger then ever!

  340. #340 luna
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 3:12 am

    prayers from california for anissa and your whole family. sending you strength to get through this.

  341. #341 Robbe Smith
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 3:40 am

    I am sitting here reading this, and crying my eyes out. I saw the link through Janine Nickel, and Jessicaknows aka Jessica Smith, my wife. I am sitting here thinking I can’t believe I am sitting here crying for a woman I don’t know. Then I think of my son without his mom, and I understand it. I normally don’t pray, but I will pray every day until Anissa can hold her kids again.

  342. #342 Cara
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I’d never been to your wife’s blog before this week…then suddenly I saw one friend and another blog I read say “Pray for Anissa!” and link here and to the caringbridge site. I’ve been checking in and praying ever since.
    I can’t imagine what you and your family is going through…I will continue to pray!

  343. #343 Krissa
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 5:38 am

    You, Anissa and your kids are in my prayers. I found out about Anissa through a friend of her’s website so I am one of those who don’t know you, but am praying for you and sending good vibes and love. … Keep fighting, Anissa!!!! You will make it through this!

  344. #344 chris mann
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 5:52 am

    praying for you all!!!

  345. #345 Karishma
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 6:32 am

    oh peter, that was absolutely beautiful writing. i am so sorry this is happening to you and yours, there is just no reason for you to be living this nightmare right now. she knows she has a beautiful family to fight for, and she WILL come out of it, just for you. any help you need will come your way, that’s what this community is for.

  346. #346 I never do this | Diary of an Unlikely Housewife
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 8:17 am

    [...] suffered from a stroke a few days ago. It landed her in the ICU. She is 35 years [...]

  347. #347 TAMMY NETTINA
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Continuing to pray for Anissa and all of you. Stay strong.

  348. #348 Jeanette
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Praying from my little corner in Africa. She’s a fighter! :)

  349. #349 mona c
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Continued prayers and blessings to Anissa, you, and your family. While the coming months may be difficult for you, you will have the support of prayer behind you. Wishing and praying for a healthy recovery.

  350. #350 Erika
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Praying for you *all* in Ontario, Canada.

  351. #351 k
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 8:56 am

    saying a prayer
    praying for a healing for her

  352. #352 Suki
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Peter, I don’t know you or Anissa, but I will be praying for you, the kids and most of all Anissa.

  353. #353 Sarah
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Peter…I am so deeply sorry to hear all of this. It has been a rough season for you all!! I will keep you all in my prayers. May Annissa come out of this with flying colors!! {{{Hugs}}}
    Blessings, Sarah

  354. #354 Sandra
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 9:41 am

    sending prayers of healing and strength to your family….

  355. #355 kyra
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 10:45 am

    i came over from nik’s mom’s facebook page. i am so sorry to hear about this devastating news. i believe in miracles and in healing. i am sending out my most heartfelt prayers for your wife and your family.

  356. #356 RamblingMother
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Just heard through the upblogging network at ning. I don’t personally know Anissa but read a bit of your story. Praying for you all as that is truly the best that can be done.

    Father, Watch over this family. Give them Your peace that passes all understanding. Hold Anissa firmly in your grip. Give the doctors wisdom in how to help heal her. Keep her spirit fighting for her children. Touch her deeply and let them all know they are loved and held in Your Mighty Hands.

    In Jesus, the Great Physician’s name,
    Amen.

  357. #357 Melissa
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Sending my prayers.

  358. #358 Ashley
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 11:15 am

    You have KY praying for you! I’m sure you’ll make it out of this… God always leads us on the right path. Your family is in my thoughts.

  359. #359 Nadine
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 11:46 am

    i’ve known of anissa only a couple of weeks, thru twitter. her frequent comments were so funny, and i followed a link to her blog where i learned abour your family struggle.

    i have been praying for anissa and your family since i heard the news. having been through some “stuff” within our family, your situation breaks my heart.

    i can relate, i can relate.

    God bless you all. i know He is holding you all close to his heart.

  360. #360 Jennifer
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Constant thoughts and prayers for you and your family

  361. #361 Kirsty @ Gone Bananas
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family that she has a speedy recovery and is back home with you all soon! xx

  362. #362 Annie Anderson
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Peter -

    This is my first visit to your blog but I’m so sorry to hear about this. Please know that it IS possible to come out of this.

    My brother in law had a very similar series of strokes back in April this year. He was in the hospital for a long time. We, too, thought perhaps it would be the end. He was in and out of a coma for a while. Then improved more and more, little by little . . . They finally sent him home from the hospital in mid-June.

    And today, he is still here! Still fighting! He’s improving every day and he can even walk on his own now, sometimes even without his cane. Back in May and June, he was wheelchair bound.

    He proved them all wrong.

    I hope Anissa does the same.

    Sending lots of healing thoughts, energies, prayers your way.

  363. #363 paula schuck
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Finally I took a minute tonight to check this prayers for Anissa stuff out on twitter. I’ve been reading and lurking but had no idea what it all was about and then I read your post. I am so deeply saddened by this and and hopeful for you too. I do not know your family but after reading your post feel as if I do a little bit. You are obviously survivors and Anissa too. So I am sending hope and healing thoughts to your family. I hope this will soon be a distant memory and Anissa back home with you where she should be.

  364. #364 Stacey / Create a Balance
    on Nov 21st, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Many prayers for Anissa and your family from Chicagoland.

  365. #365 DavefromFlorida
    on Nov 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I have been praying each night for Anissa. I do not know you or your family but my brother Chris (GA) is a close friend. As I pray my nightly prayers, Anissa’s name pops in my head, like the Lord reminds me somehow. I will continue to pray for Anissa, you and your family for healing, strength and guidance. My wife has lost her brother and mother this year so I know how comforting it is to have people praying even when you do not know them.

    The Coast is praying as well…. discoverthecoast.com
    -Dave

  366. #366 Steve Olson
    on Nov 22nd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Peter, Annisa has our prayers. It is times like this that friends, family, and caring strangers should all pitch in, and prayers can really help. Good luck, Good health to Annisa, and may our prayers help Annisa through this!! With love, the Steve Olson family

  367. #367 Lisa
    on Nov 23rd, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Peter, I am praying for you, Anissa, your children and your entire family.

  368. #368 Julie
    on Nov 23rd, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I went through this with my sister 5 years ago, she had virtually the same exact thing happen ten days before Christmas. Two brain bleeds, etc. I know the road you are on and I know how devastatingly difficult it is. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your kids, and especially with Anissa as she recovers from this.

  369. #369 Helen
    on Nov 23rd, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I don’t know your family, as many here do not, but after seeing a request on twitter I read your post…it just doesn’t seem fair that so much has been put on one family. I feel so guilty because I was having a bit of a “pity me” day…I have so much to be thankful for and reading your post has made me realize how blessed I am, so I will take this positive energy that you have given me and put it towards prayers and healing spirits for your family. Thank you for sharing with us.

  370. #370 Taryn
    on Nov 23rd, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Lots of prayers from Floyds Knobs, IN. For Annisa, your family and the team of doctors who are caring for her. Have faith!

    Taryn Skees and family

  371. #371 blogomomma
    on Nov 23rd, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Peter – may God keep and comfort you all – give you the strength and guidance you will need in the days ahead. A dear friend suffered severe brain trauma with long term coma some years ago. The road was long but the recovery is now over 95%.

    God still heals!

  372. #372 hello haha narf
    on Nov 24th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    dear lord, please be with anissa’s family as they rally around her. grant them strength to endure the helpless feelings during this battle she is fighting. most importantly, please touch anissa, be with her and heal her body. grant her your love and mercy. take care of her and work the miracles that only you are able. while only you know your plan, you must also know how much her family needs her. please take care of anissa. thank you.

  373. #373 Dad Blog
    on Nov 25th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    You guys are in my family’s prayers. We pray for healing and speedy recovery.

  374. #374 Michelle Willis
    on Nov 25th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I am a cousin of Natalie’s by marriage, and I’ve been following her updates on Facebook. Then, I was reading one of Why Mommy’s blogs (I went to high school with her), and I found an entry about Anissa. That led me here, where I have read every word you’ve written about her struggle. You have so many people pulling for your family all around the world. If the number of good thoughts counts for anything, she (and you) will be just fine.

    I don’t know Anissa, but the work she has done is inspiring. I am going to hope today that she makes a full recovery so she can continue to shine her light in this world.

    Miracles do happen. My father-in-law suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm more than five years ago. The doctors told us he most likely wouldn’t make it. There were many setbacks and many dark moments, but three brain surgeries and a few months of rehab later, and he was back on the golf course. I hope your family has a similar outcome.

    Natalie is a good ally to have in your corner. She’s been through so much, and she’s a fighter.

    Pulling for you in South Carolina…

  375. #375 Sally Oh
    on Nov 29th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    May the good Lord watch over you Peter and your family. I will be praying for Annissa. The road to recovery is long and windy but with prayers it will be reachable. God Bless.
    Prayer chain will be started here at San Francisco.

  376. #376 Events » Shop for Anissa day is December 10th | Modern Jewelry by Blend Creations The Blend Creations blog.
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    [...]  From our friends at Cool Mom Picks we found out about Anissa Mayhew, a young mom and blogger who recently suffered a severe stroke.  [...]

  377. #377 gwen
    on Dec 3rd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    i’m so sorry to hear about your wife. i’m sad to say that i truely know what youre going through. my husband suffered a stoke almost 3 years ago. there isnt alot of info out there and it can be scary not getting any answers, because dr’s truely do not know. PLEASE if you need anyone to talk to please email me.
    i will pray for you and your family!

  378. #378 Christa
    on Dec 5th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Thinking about you. Praying for you.

  379. #379 Laura
    on Dec 7th, 2009 at 3:20 am

    I can’t help but comment. My mother in law was diagnosed this summer with a ruptured brain abscess. At first it was diagnosed as a massive stroke. In the end Brain abscess’s kill 80% upon rupture. She was at death’s door, we said goodbye. We prayed hard for God’s will and ours to keep her alive. She improved. It wasn’t easy as she had a relapse where infection took over. Had several brain surgeries (serious). I began to wonder if we would loose her again, and if we didn’t who would she be when we got her back. She was confused when she woke. Didn’t know us, or her name, or where she was. Many prayed some more. 2 months in the neuro ICU. No hope. No happiness. Just heart wrenching all nighters by her side. Prayers work. She made it home. She is decorating our tree. She is slowly becoming herself. Four months in the hospital. I know this is not what happened to your wife but it can happen for her too. Keep praying, keep hoping. The brain has an amazing ability to recover. I am witness of this. I also recommend the book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. It is full of insight and hope. God bless you and I’ll pray. I know the pain and the heart ache you are experiencing. It’s crushing at times.

  380. #380 Blog • Bid • Hope | Mayhem and Moxie
    on Dec 7th, 2009 at 4:46 am

    [...] three, who collapsed after suffering a massive stroke.  Her family and friends are devastated.  One minute, her husband is talking to her about which hotel they could stay in over the Thanksgiving holiday, [...]

  381. #381 Puna
    on Dec 7th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    This is heart breaking. I am crying. Praying for her and for you and for your boys.

  382. #382 Hope4Peyton : LifeSignatures
    on Dec 7th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    [...] morning, I discovered this blog, Hope4Peyton. The author, Anissa Mayhew, suffered a stroke and collapsed over the Thanksgiving holidays. Posts are now being written by her husband as he [...]

  383. #383 Nancy
    on Dec 8th, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Praying hard for your wife and family. Praying for her recovery and strength to you and your children.

  384. #384 Jenny
    on Dec 8th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I’m sorry. I hope your wife gets well soon.

  385. #385 a thorn among roses
    on Dec 8th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    bloggy friend…we are praying! praying for anissa’s strength and yours as you keep things moving on the homefront.

  386. #386 Today is Shop for Anissa Day. | Modern Jewelry by Blend Creations The Blend Creations blog.
    on Dec 10th, 2009 at 11:14 am

    [...] is “Shop for Anissa” day.  Anissa Mayhew, is a mother to three and blogger who recently suffered a severe stroke.  She’s an avid blogger and originally started as an outlet in dealing with her youngest [...]

  387. #387 Peter
    on Dec 30th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Prayers help. I’ve known the experience. Happy to help give all prayers and help I can. (I heard about this via @Pistachio).

  388. #388 Top Stories of the Parenting Blogosphere in 2009
    on Dec 31st, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    [...] In mid-November, Anissa Mayhew suffered a stroke.  The amount of support that poured out for her was (and remains) incredible.  130 bloggers [...]

  389. #389 Pop Discourse » Blog Archive » Love Not Guilt
    on Jan 14th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

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  390. #390 » Blissdom ‘10: Dances with Moms | babybloomr
    on Feb 9th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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  391. #391 Beth Decker
    on Mar 17th, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I do not know you, you do not know me. I do not know your wife. But, it does not matter. I am going to speak to you from the other side of the stroke. December 26, 2004, I had my stroke. Unexpected, as I drove into my yard, coming home from work. There were signs the day before, but I did not pay attention to them. The stroke was painless – first my body was working, the next second, the left side was not. I talked to my husband, he brought me to the hospital while I protested. I did not realize that what I thought I said, was nothing like what he heard. I was 55. Test after test. Blood clot on right side. Never did find out from where. The hardest part was rehab. I have managed to regain 97% over the 5 years. I will tell you, without a doubt – there is someone in there that cannot figure out how to get out. I heard, I thought I answered (I didn’t), I thought I squeezed the left hand – I didn’t. I had a hard time figuring out why the doctors didn’t know I had done it, or said it. It is a surreal experience. But, when you can talk to a stroke victim, they hear, they want to know exactly what is happening because its a mass of confusion to the victim. Talk, talk, talk.
    I still forget names and words once in awhile, and I transpose numbers, when I least expect it. I have a small stutter. Sometimes I have to use my hand to get my left leg up over a fence, or getting into a vehicle from the passenger side. But, I’m glad to be alive, I’m glad to be mobile, and I thank God for all those people who prayed for me and all those people who talked to me when I could not answer back.

    And, I will pray for your family.

    Beth

    mayhewp Reply:

    Thank you for your kind words Beth. Would love to get some more insight from you

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