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I distinctly recall saying that I’d write more frequently.

Apparently I was mistaken.

Remind me to talk to someone about that.

Sorry, I’ve been a little busy.

First off, the Atlanta area had a snow day.  Now, understand, I grew up in Michigan where they have equipment to handle massive snowfall before you even wake up.  To my knowledge, not a single snow day happened while I was in high school.  Four freaking years of big snow and zero school cancellations.  Here in Atlanta, they call a snow day because it’s PROBABLY going to snow the next day.


The reason I moved south years ago was because I got frozen out of my car one morning.  It’s actually a pretty good, albeit, long story, but suffice to say, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  So, now, I live in the south…and it snows.

It was beautiful though.  It looked like a beer commercial out the back porch.  Great big huge fluffy snow blanketed everything.  My kids had a whale of a day.  They got to sleep in, bought sleds, and played the day away outside.  My son even took a page out of Calvin and Hobbes.  Let me tell you, it’s a little unnerving to pull into the drive way and have a snowman screaming at you.  He ran out of snow and time before he got to do the whole scene he wanted, but it was still pretty hilarious.

I didn’t get to enjoy the snow day with the kids though.  I had to go to training.  Two days of training on how to help care for Anissa.  It’s a big step, but nothing we can’t handle.  I learned how to properly transfer her, and to help her get through the day.  How to help her get dressed in the morning, and how to get her in bed in the evening, and everything in between.


Well, that right side still hasn’t kicked in enough yet.  I feel it at times.  She can activate her shoulder and clamp her arm down in certain situations.  I’ve also seen and felt her activate her hamstring and bend her leg.  Just not enough to be useful, yet.  So, temporarily, she’s considered a hemiplegic.  Understand, when she got to the rehab center, she could only sit up for 7 seconds before falling over.  Now, she can sit up for quite a while, as the muscles around her trunk are waking up.  Her spirits are excellent.  The staff at the rehab center has been absolutely amazing in listening to her and treating her with love and care.

It’s pretty exciting as parts of her body are waking back up.

It’s just very very slow.

That’s ok, because, as one of my buddies in college would always say, “Pete mon, slow and steady wins da race.”

Part of the training included a lunch date.  We got to go over to a restaurant and actually be a couple for a little bit.  This incorporated a lot of the things I learned in training:  how to transfer from her chair to the car, how to make sure she’s got everything she needs, etc.  It was nice, but short…and chaperoned.  The chaperone was there just in case we had issues we couldn’t handle.  Luckily we didn’t.

Lastly, the training included an overnight stay for me.  We got to stay in the equivalent of a little efficiency apartment for a night, sans nursing staff.  That was nice.  It was Valentine’s Day eve….We wound up ordering pizza and had the kids up.  We had way too much fun for being in the hospital.  There was one point that the kids were getting on my nerves, so I barked a little too loudly at them.  Anissa, rightfully so, corrected me on being too harsh, which cracked me up.  I couldn’t stop smiling.  That was just another reminder on why I know we’re going to make this work.  With all she’s gone through, she’s still a better parent than I am.  After a little bit, my mom took the kids home and it was just Anissa and I.

We talked some.

We laughed some.

We cried some.

At one point, we were sitting on the couch, and I put my head in her lap.  She rubbed my head and I closed my eyes.  For about 30 seconds, it was November 16th, before any of this happened.  We were a couple again, and all the pain and frustration of the past 92 some odd days was washed away.

The next morning, I woke up before her and just lay next to her until she woke up.  I could almost feel her giddiness at not being in a hospital bed.  She reached over and held my hand and squeezed it so hard.  It was absolutely awesome.

You may have noticed a slight pattern here, called training.


Well, funny story actually…

After 92 days apart, WE’RE GOING HOME!

February 18th, today, I get the only thing I wanted:  my family back.

It’s an early birthday present to me.

Things won’t be the same as it was before, I know that.  But, at least we’ll be able to face the challenges together, and lean on each other after a rough day.

Speaking of challenges, the next step facility is an outpatient facility, which means that I’ll have to drive her in every day.  My insurance allows for 40 days of outpatient therapy, and this program she starts on Monday is her best shot at getting back more.  The only problem with it is that the co-pay on it is $100 per day.  You guys have been so awesome sending in things (whomever sent in the anonymous jokes: loved them!), I truly hate to ask for the hat to be passed again, but I’m in a bind.  If 400 people could send in $10 each, that would really help us out now.

Ok, that’s my best Sally Struthers impersonation.

Now for the other request.

Anyone remember the internet storm that happened when she first had the strokes?

I’d love to see an even bigger one.

Help me stand on top of the world, beat my chest, and yell in victory!

Like the watch fires in that second Lord of the Rings movie, let it go out that Anissa is going home and I’m getting my family back.  This is probably about mile 5 on that marathon, but it’s a milestone people!  A HUGE milestone!  And we’re just hitting our stride in this.

I’ll post on Anissa’s facebook and twitter when we leave the hospital.  Just please, pass the word from rooftop to rooftop.


295 Comments on “Ahem….”

  1. #1 VDog
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:40 am


    Go, Team Anissa, GO!!!

    I will start spreading the word!

  2. #2 Liz@thisfullhouse
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Congrats and WELCOME HOME — sending some loose change, your way — good luck!

  3. #3 Megan {Velveteen Mind}
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Time to fire up the Blog Nosh Magazine engines. I love me a front page takeover dedicated to someone we love.

  4. #4 Eliz
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    That’s the greatest thing I’ve read in a very long time. Congratulations to your whole family. I can’t imagine how excited your kids are.

    Just give me an address and I’ll be happy to help fill that hat.

  5. #5 Sarah (@fantasticmomma)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:41 am


  6. #6 Beth at Folding Laundry
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    So, so, so happy for all of you! Anissa continues to inspire with her strength and will!

    (and you inspire us, too, with your love for your wife, your family and desire to create a new normal.)

    Wishing so hard I could be near you all to help. Sending love and prayers. (and making a donation in that hat, for sure.)


  7. #7 Assertagirl Amy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    $10 heading your way! Now to get the other 399 people to get on it…

    Love you Anissa! You’re doing so great!

  8. #8 Maria
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    YUSSSSSS!! So excited!!

    Yay Anissa! I’ll start spreading this as well.


  9. #9 C @ Kid Things
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Go Anissa! Welcome home!

  10. #10 mommaruthsays
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    YES, ANISSA!!!!


  11. #11 cindy w
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Awesome news! So excited that Anissa will be home soon! And I’m hitting the PayPal link right now. Big hugs to the Mayhew family! XOXO

  12. #12 Tiffany
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I’d love to help out! Do you have a PayPal set up for donations?

  13. #13 uberVU - social comments
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by AnissaMayhew: New blog post: Ahem…. http://www.hope4peyton.org/2010/ahem/...

  14. #14 Becky @TheRealBecks
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    This is such great news! YOU ALL ROCK! Anissa, YOU GO GIRL!

  15. #15 Missy @ The Marketing Mama
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    What wonderful news!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you!!!!!

  16. #16 Kelly
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I am so happy for you all! Wonderful, wonderful amazing news.
    Off to shout it from the rooftops!

  17. #17 Jo
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Woot! Woot! Woot!

    Oh, and I’m totally SOBBING with happiness right now. Just so you know.

    So very very happy for you all.

  18. #18 Superjules
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    YAY!!! Much love to you and your family!! <3

  19. #19 Issa
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Oh my gosh. YAY!!!!! Go ANISSA!!!!! I am so thrilled to hear this today. So happy for you guys. I can’t help much this month, but I can do $10 for sure. Will go send it now. Peter, tell her we love her okay?

  20. #20 designHer Momma
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    YES! YES! YES! Best news EVER! Love you Anissa…


  21. #21 Jill
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Excellent news!! Yay Anissa!

  22. #22 Brittany
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:45 am


    I am so happy for you all!

  23. #23 Simbelmynë
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Your news just made my day.

    Here I am, in my regular life feeling overwhelmed by the little problems caused by a big snowstorm, and I see you guys, fighting so hard and getting slowly back to your own lives. You’re an inspiration.


  24. #24 Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    so truly awesome!! I am off to spread the word and donate!

  25. #25 b*babbler
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    This is such terrific news. Just tell us where to send the donations!

  26. #26 Amy @ Taste Like Crazy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Awesome opossum!!! Keep fighting, woman. You rock my socks.

  27. #27 SarahInMI
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:47 am


    Go Anissa!

  28. #28 Kim @ Beautiful Wreck
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    This is wonderful news! Definitely will pass the word!!!

  29. #29 Crystal D
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Tears of JOY for you all.
    Where do I send the $10?

  30. #30 jenn
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    ohhh i have tears!!! where do we send some moolah??

  31. #31 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:48 am


    I’m sending in my $10 ASAP.

    So so so excited for Anissa and all of you. I can’t imagine the happiness to get to go HOME after being away for so long.


  32. #32 Ann's Rants
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    This is a remarkable testament to Love and Perseverance and Love and Love!

    Congrats and Welcome HOME.


  33. #33 Melisa with one s
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! Another milestone! Wooty woot! I’m thrilled for you! ;)

  34. #34 Diana
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:48 am


  35. #35 Lori Vann
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Hi guys. Do you have a paypal account to send money to? or do you just want them sent to the house? If you don’t want to give out your info, let me know and you can use my address to get mail at, then I can have one of the kids run it up to your house everyday.

    I am so very excited to see that Anissa is coming home, and hope to someday soon meet my neighbor that I followed for so long. When R was over the house the other day, she skipped down our hallway and with this huge smile on her face said “My mom is coming home in 2 Days – 2, 2, 2, 2 days”. Even my husbands grandmother got a little choked up at the pure excitement and innocence in her voice.

    Call me day or night if you need anything – or need Matt for anything. Not sure what all he’s good at – but I’m sure he can help with yardwork or whatnot should you need him.


  36. #36 Ryan
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Been reading along silently, had to speak up today because I will never ever forget the day my Dad was let out of rehab to go home with my Mom. It was such a great feeling and they have done so well once he was out of the hospital. You all will do great. Such good news.

  37. #37 Charlie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Incredibly great news! Say hi to Anissa from Cecily too (she’s on a plane to Houston as I type this).

  38. #38 Kim
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Congratulations and Welcome Home Anissa!
    Your post gave me the chills reading it. So happy for your family!

  39. #39 TJB
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Amazing blessing. This is so awesome to read. Yay, Anissa!!!

  40. #40 muskrat
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Very glad to hear this…when will we see y’all out at Manuel’s?

  41. #41 Stefanie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I’ve been checking in every day or so and I couldn’t be more excited by the update. Yay! Congrats! If I were a contestant on the Bachelor (which could happen just as soon as they take married forty-three year-olds with three kids and and a little sun damage) I’d say it’s been quite a journey. Anissa, you have a ton more fight in you and the entire world is pulling for you!

    Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

  42. #42 ExtraordinaryMommy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Amazing, magical and fantastic! I cried as I read – Peter you are an incredible man and a truly wonderful husband and father – beyond thrilled for you! GO ANISSA! Much love to all of you!

    Welcome home, friend.

  43. #43 InDueTime
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:52 am


  44. #44 jay
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    YEAYYYYYYYY!!!!! GO ANISSA!!!! So damn pleased with this great news :D

  45. #45 Hockeymandad
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:52 am


    Welcome Home Mayhew’s, all of you.

  46. #46 Melissa Multitasking Mama
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    That is the most awesome news I have heard in a long time! Keep up the excellent work and congratulations on the start of getting your life back!

  47. #47 Laura (thatwebchick)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Woohoo!!! So so happy for y’all!! :D

  48. #48 Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    So THRILLED for y’all!!!! Way to go, Anissa!!!!!

  49. #49 Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    That’s such awesome news! Go Anissa! Go Peter! Go Mayhew family!

  50. #50 Cindy Schultz
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Praise the Lord!!!
    “You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance;
    You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers.
    I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you.
    God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.” Psalm 30:11-12 The Message

  51. #51 Renee
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    What wonderful news! I am so happy to hear that Anissa is on the way home. I’ll be sure to spread the word!

  52. #52 Christina
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I would love to send $10. Can someone reply as to the best way to get the $10 to the Mayhews?

  53. #53 Jen
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations on the homecoming of your strong wife. I am so happy for you and the kids. I sent this post over Twitter and I hope everyone shares your joy. You both have worked so hard and deserve happiness. Here is to continued healing. Bless all of you.

  54. #54 Angella
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Totally got me crying tears of joy over here. Yay Team Mayhew!!

  55. #55 Jen
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Hooray!!! I’m so excited and happy for your family! Anissa…you freaking ROCK!!!

  56. #56 Jodi
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I have never personally met your wife nor have I commented on this blog before today, but I have been following your story and I just wanted to tell you that from the bottom of my heart I am so thrilled and overjoyed at today’s news! I am so happy that Anissa is on her way HOME!

    My prayers and good thoughts still coming your way!

  57. #57 AmazingGreis
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Yaye, so happy for you all. The Mayhew family will be back together at HOME and I couldn’t be any more excited!!!!

  58. #58 Angie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    We had a CRAPLOAD of snow here in Maryland too, and they shut EVERYTHING down IF there is gonna be snow. I’m from Pittsburgh so it’s pretty funny actually!

    I wish I could have seen the Calvin & Hobbes setup! Did you take pics? If so, share them with us! I love that funny!

    Praise God for Anissa coming home! Happy early Birthday, Easter, and EVERYTHING, just for this ONE Thing! :D

  59. #59 Taj
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    …need the Paypal addy….

    …but first I have to stop Snoopy Dancing on top of my bed.
    I’m SO GLAD she’s on her way home and you guys are all going to be together.

    Ok, gotta stop now as the dog is looking at me with concern.

  60. #60 EG
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Wah-Hoo! Wonderful news!

    And the snow thing – I grew up in upstate NY. 5 years, no snowdays. One day they closed because it was -4 and they didn’t have busses for those of us who lived within a mile of the school (and I’m not THAT old, but I be that’s different now!). Then we moved to GA and yes, the whisper of snow was enough to close schools. Now I’m in VA, and we’re buried. I’m glad my kids are still preschoolers because the public schools have been closed a LOT.

  61. #61 Beth at Folding Laundry
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Can you add a link to this post where we can donate directly to you?

  62. #62 Ellen
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    [Crying from happiness.]
    I have been wanting to write this for a long time, now seems good. I know there’s so much going on, but I hope you are able to read this to Anissa. Anissa, we’re fellow cowriters at 5 Minutes for Special Needs. I don’t know if you know that my little boy, Max, had a bilateral stroke at birth. A very massive one; doctors spoke with us about signing a DNR. We were told that Max might never talk, might never walk, that his hearing and vision could be impaired, that he’d have mental retardation. Pretty much every nightmare scenario possible. The doctors, bigshots in their field, were so pessimistic. Then one day, a young neurologist sat down with me and my husband and talked to us about how “plastic” and malleable the brain is, how it had such tremendous power to heal, how there was so much doctors still didn’t know about the brain and its potential to regenerate. He gave us rays of hope, and while I so wanted to ride those rays, ultimately the only proof of the brain’s power to heal would be how Max would fare. Anissa, he is doing so much better than those doomsaying doctors told us he would. SO.MUCH.BETTER. Every single day, this kid amazes me. He has words, he walks, he’s bright, he’s got the most awesome personality, he knows just how to torture his little sister, he is just plain amazing. Anissa, I know you’ve been through this before on a smaller scale, but I wanted to let you know that while there is more to overcome now, even a “big” stroke CAN be overcome. I know, he had his stroke at birth, you’re an adult, but both brains can do equally miraculous things. (I rarely use the word “miracle,” you should know). Therapy, determination and love, lots of love, have helped Max heal. Also, chocolate ice-cream. I know you’ll be getting the therapy you need, I know that you have an unstoppable spirit and I know that you have all the love in the world, at home and in this place. Oh, and also, I have fought our insurance company mightily on payments, and if you ever need any help with doing that battle, I’m your girl.

  63. #63 Lotus / Sarcastic Mom
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    *Huge* happy tears.

    And, OH YEAH, we’ll help and OH YEAH, we’ll spread this.

    So much love to you guys. <2

  64. #64 Mishi
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    I want to bring my $10.00 in person. I’ll be in touch, Pete.


  65. #65 Julie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I lost my sister to a massive stroke six years ago today. I’ve been following Anissa’s story and praying for her recovery, as I know how difficult this has been for all of you, especially her. I cried while reading this post, so happy for you all that your situation turned out so much better than my family’s did. When I read how far she’s come, I think about what should have been with my sister, and then say a prayer that she’s sending your Anissa the strength that she didn’t have.

    Congratulations and best of luck to you all. May your worst days be over and your best days ahead.

  66. #66 Danielle @ Kids Meal Crowd
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    What wonderful news! Enjoy the homecoming.

  67. #67 Abbie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Amazing news. Congratulations. I’m so glad you will be together for the rest of the marathon. Thinking good wishes. Will check back for paypal address–can’t think of a better way to spend $10 today.


  68. #68 Janet
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Way to go, Anissa and Mayhew family! Can only imagine the celebration in your hearts today.

  69. #69 ciara
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    this is freakin’ great news! glad your family will be back together. go anissa! :0)

  70. #70 Lori Vann
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    DONATIONS UPDATE (just got a text from Peter)

    You can send paypal donations to:


    Will update with an address in a few when he lets me know.

  71. #71 Suzy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    woo hoo! what amazing news!

  72. #72 Elizabeth
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Hoorah! I’m so excited for you guys! Go Anissa!

  73. #73 Headless Mom
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Is there a paypal that you can access, Peter? I’m in for helping out!

  74. #74 Eric Lee
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hallelujah!! Praise God!

    So glad to hear this, and I’ll continue to keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers!

    Where do I donate?

  75. #75 Natalie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:13 pm


  76. #76 Tricia
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Wow! Congratulations on this next huge milestone! I know, oh I know, just how good it will be to get your family home and together for the everyday, even though the every day will be hard. I will pray for a financial miracle. That is all I can do, but I have seen it move mountains. May God bless you and yours abundantly above all you could ask or even think!

  77. #77 John Carroll
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Celebrating with you from the road. So happy to read this today. Much love and blessings to y’all!

  78. #78 Janet
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Awesome news!

    Please send me a mailing address.

  79. #79 The (Un)Experienced Mom
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Have never met you and only heard of you a few short months ago, but congrats and so glad to hear this news!


  80. #80 Miss Grace
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Oh this is such good news!

    I can only imagine how nice it will be to have your family all under one roof again.

  81. #81 Jody
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Consider it done…

  82. #82 Midwest Mommy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I am so happy for your family!!!

  83. #83 anymommy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Awesome. XO.

  84. #84 Jennifer
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    What wonderful news! You are the definition of what family is. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day “stuff” of life. Your family is a wonderful reminder of what is really important.

  85. #85 mommabird2345
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    YAY for going home!! That is GREAT news!!! Be strong Anissa!!

  86. #86 Chibi Jeebs
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I’m sobbing, I’m so happy for you guys! This is the best news I’ve heard in a long, long time (and my other half just got a job after a 7-month lay-off, so you weigh it out *wink*). On my way to Paypal now. <3

  87. #87 Trisha Vargas
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:27 pm


    God is good AMEN!!!

    (((HUGS))) from Florida

  88. #88 Molly
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Amazing. Wonderful. Beautiful.

    On my way to Paypal now.

  89. #89 Lynn @ Walking With Scissors
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Awesome!! Awesome news! Right on, Anissa!!

  90. #90 Katie (Overflowing Brain)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Peter, I am absolutely thrilled. What amazing news! I especially love hearing how wonderfully high your wife’s spirits are. It’s like music to my ears.

    The outpatient therapy also sounds wonderful. My only tiny bit of advice is, if you think she can achieve more after the prescribed time is up, find a way to get her more time. I met a total brain injury patient a few months ago who was told that he had achieved his full recovery after 6 months. He kept up for another 6 months and regained the ability to walk, something they told him he never would. The body is amazing, and no one knows your wife better than you.

    Big huge congratulations to the Mayhews. I knew this day would come and what a good day it is.

  91. #91 Kat @Drawing Cowboys
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    oh yay! Im so excited for you all!

  92. #92 amy2boys
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    This is so exciting! I read all your updates and I pray for Anissa and you and the kids. I donated and I will tweet and post about it too!


  93. #93 Shannon Nelson
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Peter, this reminds me of words I have scribbled down on paper to remind myself every time things seem to go wrong in my life:

    “Don’t be afraid, just have faith and she will be healed.”

    Seems appropriate for you and Anissa. :)

    I’m happy to hear that she is coming home and you have your family back!

  94. #94 angi
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Amazing…AWESOME. I am crying tears of joy for many future Mayhew family hugs.

  95. #95 ryanandjoesmom
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    What an awesome early birthday present! So glad you will all be home under one roof!!!

  96. #96 Jamie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Praise be to God. She is amazing. You are amazing. Keep being amazing together! Keep strong.

  97. #97 Emilie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    You guys are my heroes. Welcome home, Anissa!

  98. #98 Dawn
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Yippeee! I’m sooo happy to hear the good news!

    I happily donated $10 today and will help again with a better donation after payday.

  99. #99 Renae @ Madame Deals
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I have never met you but I have been following your story since that tragic day. I am so proud of you for being such a strong women! Your story is amazing and such a miracle. Keep on fighting-you can do this!

    Praying that you and your family stay strong and that your financial needs are met.

  100. #100 Debra Muccio
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    So excited for your family!!!

  101. #101 Monica~MommyBrain
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    WOOT!!! I knew this day would come! I’m so excited for all of you! You are such an inspiration!

    I made my donation!!! Will definitely spread the word!!!

  102. #102 Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Yes, yes, YES!!! I am beyond ecstatic for you! Go Anissa, GO!

  103. #103 Meg
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Here’s another one who has never met you … found your blog somewhere and have been tuned in every day to see if there was an update!

    Good luck on your homecoming — I can imagine how your kids are going to smother you with kisses and hugs!

    I hope you will feel like blogging soon.

    Best wishes…my paypal is on its way…

  104. #104 kim/hormonecoloreddays
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Best news of the day!

  105. #105 Andrea @ MommySnacks.net
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Great news and an answer to prayers! Prayers won’t stop – they haven’t stopped – the web is exploding with excitement!

  106. #106 JC Little
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    You’ve got my donation and I will retweet the link. Anissa’s story continues to inspire so many. Besides which, it’s a great read!

  107. #107 Sarah Auerswald
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Such wonderful news!! So exciting for you and your family!! I wish you the best and a speedy recovery!

  108. #108 Jessica
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    It’s a miracle. Welcome Home Anissa! xoxoxoxoxoxo Jessica and Phoebe

  109. #109 SandyPie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I’m sooo excited for you and your family. Your posts always make me tear up a little and readjust my priorities quickly. I think about you all often and am so glad you are seeing progress. Congrats to all of you. And good luck.

  110. #110 Lisa
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    That is such awesome news. So incredible.

    Welcome home, Anissa, welcome home.

  111. #111 tamela
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I’m probably the only human on earth that doesn’t have a paypal account, but I don’t. If you could send me an address to send a check, I will. Congratulations!

  112. #112 Jana (sidetrack'd)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Wonderful news! So happy for all of you!

  113. #113 schmutzie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    YES! I cannot believe it. Go, Anissa!

  114. #114 AmyMcG
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I am another “I’ve never met you, but follow your blog” reader… I am so so so so happy for your family. I have wished for nothing more for your family than this day to come.
    I am not figuring out the pay pal, so if someone could post an address that would be great. I will send $10 as soon as I can.
    All the best to your wonderful family!
    AMY in canada

  115. #115 Amy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    That is awesome news…I just tried to donate through Paypal and it didn’t work :( I’ll try again later

  116. #116 monstergirlee
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    OMG That is so amazing! I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes cheering in my heart as loud as I can. I know her recevery is going to be kicked into higher gear than ever being home with you and her kids. YAY.


  117. #117 Melissa @MBonn
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Thank You, God!!! Augh, I’m so happy I’m crying, this is awesome. More prayers for more miracles!

  118. #118 Sunnie in NC
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Welcome HOME Anissa!! Keep up the fight!!!

  119. #119 Debbie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Lots of Love and ten bucks, headed your way from Oklahoma! :)

  120. #120 Mrs. Schmitty
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Congratulations! I am so happy to hear that Anissa is going home to you and the kids! Right where she belongs! I hope she gets stronger and stronger every second.

  121. #121 leel
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    yay! hope my little bit helps :) go you guys!

  122. #122 kia
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 1:59 pm


    This is what I was hoping to see. :) I am so happy for all of you!!!

  123. #123 Grumble Girl
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    YAY!! Holy, moly… that. is. AWESOME!! I’m so completely thrilled and happy-happy for you all… I’m doing a little jig… yay!! Sending so much love… xoxox

  124. #124 Megan
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Just sent in the $10 and this Twitter nudge for others to do the same: http://twitter.com/megandunham/status/9294557646

    I know. I don’t have thousands of followers, but maybe a couple of them will do it too.

    So glad she’s going to be home with you all now.

  125. #125 Glenda
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Great news! HOME SWEET HOME! Awesome! I’m so happy for all of you!!!

  126. #126 Maggie, dammit
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Shut UP. Shut up! THAT IS FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!

    OMG I’m so so so so so thrilled for you all!

    Happy early birthday!

    (and, yeah–where’s the PayPal? How can I send the money?)

    YAY! xo

    Maggie, dammit Reply:

    Sorry, the graphic wasn’t showing up for me but I can see it in my Reader so I’ll get to PayPal from there. :)

  127. #127 The Diaper Diaries
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Yay God and Yay Anissa. Welcome home!!

  128. #128 joy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    $10 sent via paypal. Good luck.

    I check every day and get goosebumps with all Anissa’s progress.

  129. #129 Karen Hartzell
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Such wonderful news! I am so so happy for you all!

    Keep strong! You are a truly amazing family.

  130. #130 Carla Sarratt
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    THIS? is beyond awesome. This is beautifully and wonderfully amazing!!!

    I only know Anissa because of the stroke but have enjoyed the progress reports and know that better progress is yet to come.

    Anissa is the reason I started using my Google Reader!

  131. #131 Nanette
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Yay Anissa! So happy you all will have your family back together under one roof!!!!

  132. #132 gorillabuns
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    THIS is awesome news!

    i am so happy for you guys!

  133. #133 Amy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I have been here reading, Heather (Maddie’s mommy) sent me over and I have cried and prayed right along with you since. I am a stranger, I don’t normally donate money to a stranger but the power of the holy spirit gave me a push. I am glad you get to be a family again. Praise God.

  134. #134 Nikki
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Crying tears of JOY!!!! Anissa is coming home!!! So happy for your family!!! God is good!!

  135. #135 Becky
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    OMGosh!!! Crying…….I just asked Heather this morning if she had heard from you lately!:) Told her I can’t wait to see pics of when Anissa meets Annabel!:) I will send money asap and I hope and pray lots of others will too!:) Much love, hugs and blessings to you all!:)

  136. #136 Jacquie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Oh, what great news! Congratulations on this enormous milestone, I can’t imagine how great it will feel for Anissa to step into her own home.

    I love that you compared your wholesome snowy day scene to a beer commerical.

    Good luck with this transition, I hope you’ll continue to post requests for the specific things that you need so that we unknown “friends” can help out from time to time.



  137. #137 Monica
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Yay! I’m so excited that she is coming home! I’m so happy to hear that she is doing better. I bet the kids are so excited and happy! Good luck to you both!

  138. #138 Jeanette
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Woohoo!! I’m in tears actually!! Well done to all of you :)

  139. #139 Andrea's Sweet Life
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    WAHOOO!!!! This is the best news I’ve heard in I don’t know how long. I NEEDED this news, today.

    Go Team Anissa!

    And, I am donating ALL of my dining-out/ordering-in budget for the next 4 weeks to you guys… right this minute. It is the absolute LEAST I can do. Love you guys!

  140. #140 Snotty McSnotterson
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    This is so awesome – I’m really happy you guys are moving forward!

  141. #141 Jenny from Mommin' It Up
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    there is no freaking place like HOME!!! Praying and rejoicing with you! And I threw some into the hat but please keep being open with us about what you all need ’cause we wanna HALP!

  142. #142 monica (peapodsquadmom)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    sent money…more coming your way in the days and weeks ahead. we are SO on board with this…with y’all.

    now i’m off to tell the world that anissa is a rock star!

  143. #143 michelle
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    i’m so very happy for your family! i’ve been following the blog since a tweet about anissa caught my attention back in november … and this news brings tears of happiness to my eyes. welcome home, anissa!

  144. #144 Jenn in Tenn
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Hooray for Anissa!! Hooray for ALL of you. Good luck!!

  145. #145 Bri
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    So deliciously happy for you all. I just sent a little something your way.

  146. #146 A Vapid Blonde
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Tears…heartfelt tears of joy!

  147. #147 Joy, another one :)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    $10 sent!

    This is such wonderful news!! I am so very happy for you all!

  148. #148 Jeff
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations? What great news. You are a strong, inspiring family.

    Best wishes on being home together again.

  149. #149 Stacey
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Wonderful news ! I’ll spread the word and donate!

  150. #150 Beth
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Donation made. Word spreading commencing.

    So glad you’re coming home, Anissa! So glad.

  151. #151 Hodgepodge of things to share… | i am lotus
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    [...] and foremost, there is a wonderful update by Peter Mayhew about Anissa – she is going home!  That totally made me cry big, fat tears [...]

  152. #152 DESERA JOHNSON
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    YES!!!!! so happy for you guys! Anissa you ROCK!!!!! I am amazed at your strength; very impressive! I just know you are going to come back better than ever.
    Love you guys ♥♥♥♥♥

  153. #153 Kate
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    $10 on its way from sunny, balmy and relatively snow-free WI. Take care!

  154. #154 Liz
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Couldn’t be more thrilled to hear you’re home. Recovery will be that much faster, surrounded by loved ones

  155. #155 Maura
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    SO happy to hear this & I’m more than happy to help make it happen! Hugs to you all. Knock ‘em out, Anissa!!!

  156. #156 Jodee
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    AMEN!!! so so so happy that Anissa is getting to come home!!! Praying for a speedy recovery!!!

  157. #157 Mary @ Holy Mackerel
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    The absolute BEST news I’ve gotten in a very long time!! So good to hear! Move over Olympics, Anissa’s at the gates! GO ANISSA GO!!!

  158. #158 Erin Pyle (@erinjeany)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Welcome Home Anissa! I am SSSOOOO happy for you guys! And Peter, you are AMAZING! I am so excited that your family will be back together again! xoxox What a blessing!

  159. #159 Emily
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Welcome home, Anissa!

  160. #160 MommaLionessMichele
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Such great news – Welcome Home!

  161. #161 diane
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I don’t know either of you, but have followed your story and cannot believe the strength within you guys. I happily donated $20. I hope it will help.
    Love from Mississippi

  162. #162 Tania - Chicky Chicky Baby
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Great news! Best I’ve heard in a long time! I’m so happy for you all!!

    Go Anissa! xoxo

  163. #163 Jill Asher
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Oh… this is such great news. Big Hugs to Anissa and your family!

    Could you possibly provide the link of where to help out with your co-pays? We would like to make a contribution…

    Love from Silicon Valley!

  164. #164 Elizabeth
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Excellent news! Wonderful! So excited for your whole family.

  165. #165 Julia Roberts (not that one)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Happily donating $20 in honor all of the friends, family and friends who’ve helped us navigate the hard times with our two sick kids.

  166. #166 Molly
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    okay, so i’ve read so much about this infamous ANISSA – to then watch the amazing video at Blissdom and thought to myself, wow – she must be something special.

    you’re post has me crying – and dear Sally – i’m sending in my $10 – what is the email?!?!

  167. #167 robin
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Go Anissa!! I’m rooting for ya. Best news ever, going home to your family! :) :):)

    Sending some spare change your way.

  168. #168 Lisa
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I’m so happy for your family! I just made a donation and will spread the word!

  169. #169 *firegirl*
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Doing the happy dance for Anissa up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Sent $10 and will pass the good news along.

    Way to go Anissa!!!

  170. #170 QuatroMama
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    We haven’t stopped believing!

  171. #171 Helen
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Just loved to read the twitter news about going home, have thought of you all many times and prayed for healing, I know it is still slow but He will complete to good work in you!
    Love from Brazil

  172. #172 julie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I’m happy to donate if it means less stress for all of you. It’s amazing to see how many people really do care. I am so happy Anissa has come this far. It is absolutely wonderful. Keep us posted, we are all rooting for you guys and wish you nothing but the best. Hope you’re feeling all the goos wishes everyone is sending your way.

  173. #173 Kelly
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    A big fat SQUEE to you all! Best news I’ve heard in a while!

  174. #174 Amy from Resourceful Mommy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Screw $10 – have a day of co-pay on me as well as prayers that the rest will come flooding in to your account.

    Anissa is nothing short of a miracle and I’ll be first in line when you write the book.


  175. #175 Kelly B
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I look forward to your posts and I sit in amazement at the grace your entire family has after all you guys have been through.

    Today is my 31st birthday. It is wonderful that Anissa gets to go home today. I am happy to help fill that hat too. :)

    Good luck and please know that you have touched so many people that have never even met you. :)

  176. #176 Michelle
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Many prayers! God is good! Blessings to your and your family and continued prayers for the journey ahead!

  177. #177 Stephanie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I don’t know your family, but heard about your story via Twitter. I’m happy to help and thank you for sharing your emotional journey.

  178. #178 Venessa
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Amazing, simply amazing!!!!!!!!!! Spreading the message of this miracle.

  179. #179 Jessica
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    She’s coming HOME! So wonderful! Gave me goosebumps!

  180. #180 Elaine
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Wow! What great news. I’m so happy for all of you. Sent a little donation to help with the therapy. Best wishes to the Mayhew family.

  181. #181 pgoodness
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    YAY!!!!! So excited and happy for all of you!!!!! xoxox

  182. #182 Kadi Prescott
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Woohoo!! Best news I’ve heard in 92 days! We have never had a night when Anissa was not in our prayers at the dinner table. Miracles do happen. xoxo

  183. #183 Kim ~ CraftyMamaof4
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 7:30 pm


  184. #184 Shelley Philibin
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Best news EVER! All the Mayhews under one roof is EXCEPTIONALLY AWESOME. Count me in for frequent donations ;)

  185. #185 Casey
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I’m so glad you guys are going to be under one roof again. Go team Anissa!

  186. #186 Tricia (irishsamom)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    WOW. WOW. That’s about all I can say right now – I am amazed at your news and so proud of Anissa and your entire family. You guys have been so much a part of her success and you have fought a tough battle. I know that you and the children will love having her back again. This can only speed up her recovery even more. SO HAPPY for you all. Anissa, you don’t even know me but I’m cheering you on and hoping and praying for an awesome homecoming – you will be right where you belong.

    Love and hugs,
    Tricia and family xxx

  187. #187 Maria
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    First time leaving a comment-and I am so excited she is coming home. I have sent my $10!

  188. #188 Lisa Rae @ smacksy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Thrilling news!

  189. #189 Melissa - The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    SO, SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I will totally help as soon as we get a paycheck, as we don’t have funds for ANYTHING right now -but hopefully, next week!

    So excited for you guys!


  190. #190 Debbie Hale
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Wow! Awesome!!!! I am so happy for all of you, and I know you are ready to be a family once again.

    Anissa, keep working girl…you can do it!!!

    Sending some $$$ with love!!!

  191. #191 Mindy
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Welcome home!!!!!

  192. #192 jennifer
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    So happy to hear the good news. Thanks for the update!

    I just sent a donation to your paypal account.

  193. #193 Lori (A Cowboy's Wife)
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Thank God. I’m so happy for y’all. Please give her kisses and hugs and boob bumps from me. I donated. MUAH! Y’all take care of each other!

  194. #194 AndieB
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Well on your way to # 400 … So happy for you, Mayhews!

  195. #195 Danielle @danielle92278
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Ask and you shall receive. <3

  196. #196 DefendUSA
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    You know, I read your blog when Peyton was sick, but I never commented.
    Luck would have it that I am learning how to help my husband in a business that he bought in Aug. He is a CPA, with a masters in taxation. And, I did a return for a couple who is astoundingly generous with all they have been afforded and I was in awe of their giving.
    We have lost much in the last three years but it doesn’t even come close to being as tangible as losing Peyton or having a stroke. It’s all relative. In that vein, I am donating a little something because I can and all of my “woes” mean jack shit.
    I can have wine with my husband of 24 years in two weeks…because your impact in life is worth my money…plus we have big boobs in common, and it’s all about the boobs, right? :P
    So, I donated enough for two peeps@ 10 a pop. You go, girl. And to the rest of the Mayhew family…hard work always pays off. Prayers all around.
    Nee in NC.

  197. #197 Anissa’s Going Home! – My Chaotic Bliss
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    [...] Anissa is going home today! After 92 days, Anissa is going home! [...]

  198. #198 Musings of a Housewife
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I am so happy for you guys. I can’t stop smiling right now. Woohooo!!!!!!!!!!!

  199. #199 Linda
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Just sent my $10. Best of luck. Her story is so inspiring (yours too).

  200. #200 Amy M
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Incredible news.


  201. #201 sweetpeah
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    O Happy Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  202. #202 Two Makes Four
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Well son of a biscuit!!! Go home, Anissa!! And I mean that in the best possible way :)

    Hubby got a bonus. I’ll throw a few buck at ya. This really made my day.

  203. #203 Chelsie
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    This pay day was a little tight, but I sent $5 your way. I hope it helps out a little bit.

  204. #204 MomOfaTribe
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve been following your story and I am so happy for your family’s good news! Sending paypal & spreading the word! Sending a ton of positive vibes & lots of happiness to you!

  205. #205 Real Life Sarah
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I knew she could do it!! You have illustrated the epitome of “for better or worse,” and it has been so inspirational to see the strength of your love and commitment to Anissa.

    I think I’m missing the Paypal button, but I’d love to donate. Can you send me the Paypal address?

  206. #206 Dina
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    So excited about the awesome news! Good luck and best wishes. I’m making my donation now.
    God Bless.

  207. #207 Jennifer A
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    whoo hoo! Awesome news.

  208. #208 Al_Pal
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    SO exciting! I’ve had “good vibes of healing” for Annisa [and two other people] as my gmail status message for Awhile now. Thrilled for you guys. I’m sure the paypal is around here somewhere — I’ll find the email addy get get some dollars headed your way.

  209. #209 Kristacular
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Can I even say how freaking excited I am for your future! I have been a lurker for about 9 months of Alissa’s blog and have been sending positive loving vibes your way for so long! SO HAPPY!

  210. #210 Teresa
    on Feb 18th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Just wanted to say that after reading this post my finger, without hesitation, hit that paypal button up there. The Mayhew family doesn’t know me from Adam and I have never had anyone close to me who suffered a stroke, but the love I see in this family and the hope and perseverance and just downright will gave me the momentum to click to donate. My donation is a drop in the bucket but I’m sure it’s a bucket that will fill quickly. That’s what happens when good people have friends.

    You have renewed my faith in not only miracles but also in the goodness of humankind. Keep on kicking Anissa! You are one wonderful human being.

  211. #211 Jessica (@ It's my life...)
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Spread the word, donated $10. It seems like so little. I wish I could do more to help with this next step.

    Welcome home Anissa. We never doubted you’d get there!

  212. #212 Becki
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Hopefully i am one of 400 – just donated under my paypal name. It is AMAZING what your family has and continues to go through and STILL you are faithful. Hope this little helps

  213. #213 Kristin
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Unbelievably WONDERFUL news! Go Anissa Go!

  214. #214 BetteJo
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I stole your badge. I stole a picture. I wrote about Anissa and your family. I don’t know you. I am so ashamed.

    :) I have been very touched by Anissa’s story, and by the whole family. Wanted to help a bit. Hope it’s okay.

  215. #215 Mama Kat
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    I haven’t stopped praying for Anissa and your whole family! I’m so proud of her!

  216. #216 Three Months, Two Days – Aiming Low
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 2:17 am

    [...] can do now—but the road ahead of her is still a long and bumpy one that will require continued outpatient therapy that is only partially covered by [...]

  217. #217 Vanessa
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Yeah for coming home :) Congratulations!!

  218. #218 Nancy
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Yay! going to paypal now!

  219. #219 Thora
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I just sent $10.
    Congratulations on having the family back together!

  220. #220 Kristine
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Happy tears!!!!!!!!!!

    Now, tell us what else we can do!!

  221. #221 Beth
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Of course you have been so wonderful, asking $10 is nothing and your right about so many things..the best is the family being back home…please ask ask ask..that’s what friends are for…

  222. #222 pixielation
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Fantastic news, go team Anissa!

    Really wonderful.

  223. #223 Shannon
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    So excited for you all! Did what I could to help. Can’t wait for her to make it home.

  224. #224 Lisa
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Donated! Let us know if you need more help!

  225. #225 Danielle
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    your family’s story is absolutely inspiring. thank you for sharing it with all of us. i’ll keep the mayhew family in my prayers and heart.

    donated! (let’s OVERWHELM them with support, y’all!)

  226. #226 Beana
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    What wonderful news! I hope you are SO enjoying your time together as a family. Keep on her and know that sometimes recovery can take years..but it does happen. My dad had a massive stroke at 47 and is a hemiplegic…but sounds like Anissa has more movement than he ever did on his paralyzed side. My dad was in a care facility for 5 yrs before recovering enough to come home. I think in her motivation, Anissa is leaps and bounds ahead of that, obviously!! Can’t wait to read another update once you are settled in.

  227. #227 @StacieinAtlanta
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Just sent you a one day co-pay!!

    Please contact me. I live right in Atlanta and can help.


  228. #228 Zakary
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Excellent news.

    So freaking happy for you guys.

  229. #229 Janice
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    De lurking to say Yipee for Anissa – just counted in for $10.77 Canadian :)

  230. #230 Sarah
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    We are still praying for you guys and are so happy to hear Anissa is home. A little more paypal heading your way!
    The Feakes Family

  231. #231 Jennifer
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Horray for your family..I think of you often you have always been an inspiration to me & even more so now…keep it up!!

  232. #232 uthostage
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I haven’t had the priviledge of meeting Anissa yet. Her determination and amazing spirit is inspiring. I sincerely hope that she continues to improve and I’m so glad to hear that she is going home.

  233. #233 Sisterlisa
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Woohoo!!! ok I’m going to look for a donate button.

  234. #234 Sharon Heg
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    WTG Anissa!

    Sorry for the delay…as per the “ahem”, I stopped checking the blog on a daily basis. That’ll show me. Miss a few days and miss one of the most important announcements in the blogosphere! I just sent $25 to make up for it. Next up is a link and a blog entry of my own, most likely this weekend, to help spread the word. I have very few readers but every little bit helps.

    Mayhews, I am SOOO happy for and proud of y’all!

  235. #235 Beverly Atkins
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I sent $20. Thanks so much for letting all of us pitch in. I’m so thankful and glad that Anissa is going home! Thank the good Lord above!

  236. #236 Bec
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful news!
    I hope my little $bit helps.

  237. #237 Maria
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Hi! You are awesome. I don’t know you and Anissa personally but I guess that doesn’t really matter does it? And I’m glad you asked. I know it’s hard but “a closed mouth never gets fed”. I can only send $30 right now but will do my best to send more in time. I will also help spread the word.

  238. #238 Help For Anissa « The Adventures of Littlebit 4.0
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    [...] – Most recent entry, with Paypal link, written by Anissa’s husband: http://www.hope4peyton.org/2010/ahem/ [...]

  239. #239 Sharon Heg
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 7:12 pm
  240. #240 Mary
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Done, and reposted the link to this post on my blog. I’m so excited for you guys that Anissa is coming home.

  241. #241 maryleigh
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Joyful News! Church Bell Pealing noises! I wish I could be there to bring you dinner. I am so happy for you:)

  242. #242 niri
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Anissa, while we are all dealing with our lot of troubles you give us hope.

  243. #243 ConnieFoggles
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Thrilled to hear the good news! Off to write a blog post and spread the news. Hugs to all of you!

  244. #244 Anissa’s Coming Home! | BrainFoggles
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    [...] wonderful news already, Anissa Mayhew is coming home! Her husband, Peter wrote a blog post about getting ready for the big day and I suggest you read it in his [...]

  245. #245 robyn
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Made my donation! I wish it could have been more, but if everyone who reads this is compelled to do the same… :)

  246. #246 AngelaAtHP
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Booyah! Best personal $ spent this year.

    Sending hugs and high-fives.

  247. #247 Lisa
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Donated and added a little extra. Please let us know if you need more, because we are all here for you and can start going through pockets and the couch cushions if needed.

    I just knew this post would talk about Anissa going home, I just knew it *big smile*


  248. #248 Clair Jordan
    on Feb 19th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Congratulations Mayhews,

    Just donated via paypal. I wish I could afford to send more than $10 but I hope it helps.

    Much love,
    :) Clair

  249. #249 Diana, The Doggy Mommy
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Whooo Hooo! Congratulations Mayhew family! I am spreading the word and just finished making my Paypal donation!!!!!

    Thank you God for the miracles… keep em coming!

  250. #250 Alicia @bethsix
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Yippee! Congrats, Mayhews!!

  251. #251 Gayle
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    We don’t know each other, but when your wife had her stroke, a friend posted a link to this blog. I have visited ever since to check in on your beautiful family. I bought my Christmas presents for family from sites that made donations to Anissa. Today I tried to put a little bit of cash in the cyberhat for therapy, and PayPal and I had fits with each other — it was like trying to talk to the DMV. Or like doing donuts, round and round in circles maybe in the DMV parking lot. Is there an address where I could send a check?
    I send you guys a big hug from a complete stranger who thinks you are all pretty amazing.

  252. #252 Heather, Queen of Shake Shake
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I am so happy!

  253. #253 Emily
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    “Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. ”
    ~ Virginia Burden

    A donation for you, but it is as much for me and all of us who have been touched by your grace, perseverance and courage.

  254. #254 Terry
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I do not know Anissa…we have never spoken, tweeted…emailed or anything. What I do know is she deserves the best chance at a full recovery!! My heart goes out to you and your family! I wish you all the best….
    I will spread the word and I’ve given what I can at the moment!!
    Best Wishes!!

  255. #255 Daniela
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I am happy for your family that Anissa is back.

  256. #256 MommyNamedApril
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    welcome home, anissa! i will continue to send money as i can :-) as always. yay!

  257. #257 Amy@UWM
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Woo hoo!!!! Happy Homecoming!!!! Hells ya I’m gunna donate. We gotta get Anissa’s typing back up to par. Twitter definitely hasn’t been the same without her!

  258. #258 Lesa
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    So happy for you guys. $ and even more positive thoughts/prayers coming your way.

  259. #259 Sam
    on Feb 20th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I am so glad to hear that she is coming home. That is fantastic news!!! What a fighter ….. and you / your family are such a great support system for her. Thank you for the updates … we understand the spacing. You do have your hands full!!! I admire you for asking for help … that must have taken a great deal of courage!!! I am happy to help and wish that I lived near you so I could help when she comes home …..SAM

  260. #260 Cranky Sarah
    on Feb 21st, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Wow! Anissa and you have been on my mind a lot the last few days – I can’t exactly pin down the reason, but you have. I’m very happy and “praiseful” to hear this news!! Somehow I missed that you guys are in the same city as I am. At any rate, still being fairly new in town when this all happened, do you have a support system there that can organize some sort of fundraiser? Maybe around an activity Anissa likes/liked to do/did/WILL DO again (!)? Maybe even the PTSA at the kids’ school?
    I will do my part in spreading the word!

  261. #261 Jenny
    on Feb 21st, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Congratulations, and best wishes to your family!

  262. #262 Trish
    on Feb 21st, 2010 at 8:33 am

    This is such FANTASTIC news. I’ve been reading your heartbreaking and beautiful updates, Peter, and this one is the best yet, of course. You can include me in your list of 400 donors… it was a pleasure and an honour to send you some help.
    Canberra, Australia

  263. #263 Amy@ClickClackMom
    on Feb 21st, 2010 at 9:48 am

    So happy for you guys!! Looking forward to hearing more good news!!

  264. #264 Sharon Heg
    on Feb 21st, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Don’t see my follow-up message that let y’all I spread the word on my blog…cyber-burp, I guess. So just letting you know that I did. I hope it helps to get a few more donations into the kitty.

    sharonheg. wordpress. com/2010/02/19/help-for-anissa/

    Without the spaces ;-)

  265. #265 melody
    on Feb 21st, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Climbing up on my roof to shout.

    So happy to hear the good news and know that you guys are together again [though you were never truly apart, were you?].

    Anissa, go girl!

  266. #266 Diana
    on Feb 21st, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    ten bucks sent and tweeting away. Good luck anissa!

  267. #267 Diana Geherty
    on Feb 21st, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    glad to hear! glad to help! glad you asked. please let me know where to send the money.

  268. #268 UPDATED:This week felt like 18 months. — TheBloggess.com
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 2:35 am

    [...] us and is recovering from multiple strokes and after many months is finally coming home (yay!) but she’s currently hemiplegic and her copay for outpatient therapy is $100 a day for the next 40 ….  She’s a mom with small children and they need help.  That’s why I’m asking [...]

  269. #269 The House of Flying Monkeys » Mondays…
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 9:02 am

    [...] if you have some free time? Go check out this out and maybe throw ‘em a $10 or a $5 or whatever you have to spare. Because, yeah, [...]

  270. #270 I’ve Asked Before, I Know… at SecondHand Tryptophan
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 10:54 am

    [...] on February 22nd, 2010 So I may have all my own shit happening, but then, who doesn’t? Just read the latest update on Anissa. She still needs help. If you can afford anything, even a dollar, please take a moment to help [...]

  271. #271 Dara
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Each of my twins sent $10 – because neither wanted to be left out in ‘helping a mommy go home to be with her babies’! Pretty cool kids.

    We are so very happy for you to have your family back together. You are an amazing group of people and we love you!

  272. #272 sue
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 11:47 am


  273. #273 blissfully caffeinated
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Amazing!!!! I will help spread the word!

  274. #274 Shana
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Congrats on the progress. My aunt had a stroke a bunch of years ago and they told us she’d never get better. On New Year’s Eve she was at my brother’s wedding, dancing and partying with everyone else. She does walk with a cane when she’s going to be walking far, but otherwise you would never know anything happened. She was determined, just like Anissa. Good luck with the next step.

  275. #275 Chris
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Awesome timing for the donation – the 19th was my birthday, and I got some cash – so you get some cash coming your way!!

  276. #276 Dawn Tucker
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Just awesome news! So glad that you guys are all back together where you belong. Who’s more excited – the kids or Mum and Dad?!
    Anissa, you must have started therapy today. I just know you’re gonna kick ass. You’re gonna be awesome. I donated half a day’s co-pay a bit earlier. I was really pleased to help out and will be happy to do it again later. Just wish the exchange rate was what it used to be to get a few more dollars for my pounds! Oh well, can’t win everything!!
    Sending love as always. Did I mention how happy I am for all of you?!!

  277. #277 Nile
    on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    That is great news.

    As for blogging, do it when you can. You have a lot of things, but it seems extremely encouraging that Anissa is starting to do better. It is tough and can be frustrating, but never give up. Prayers to you and your family.

    By the way, I work as a virtual assistant of The Healthy Moms ( http://www.thehealthymoms.net ), the site is fairly new and I thought I would drop by some mom related sites to spread the word.

  278. #278 Pat Mayhew
    on Feb 23rd, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Happy Birthday Pete!
    So glad Anissa is home with you now. Sending some love and hugs via Paypal with wishes for an outstanding day today!
    Dad & Pat

  279. #279 mel
    on Feb 23rd, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Welcome Home Anissa. So happy for all of you. Love and hugs to the kids.

  280. #280 Elisa
    on Feb 23rd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    That’s FANTASTIC! SO happy Anissa is coming home with you guys!! yay! I am so, so happy.

  281. #281 statia
    on Feb 24th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I only know of Anissa through other bloggers. I hope for the best. You’re over the big hurdle now. Best of luck.

  282. #282 Karin aka Perpstu
    on Feb 25th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I am crying tears of happiness! Congratulations, this is such a HUGE step!!!

  283. #283 Holly at Tropic of Mom
    on Feb 25th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Awesome! This is the news we’ve all been waiting to hear. I hope the homecoming goes great.

  284. #284 Amber
    on Feb 25th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    $10 shooting through the intertubes to you :-)

  285. #285 Lindsay
    on Feb 25th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    This is FABULOUS news!!! SOOOOOOOO good to hear this…..woooot ~ wooooot!!!! :)

    Continuing to send MANY hugs & prayers!!!

  286. #286 JulieBouf
    on Feb 25th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!! Woohoo! You both amaze me.

  287. #287 mackey
    on Feb 26th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I am happy to do my part. God bless you & yours & GO ANISSA!!!!

  288. #288 Susan (5 Minutes for Mom)
    on Feb 26th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    What an unbelievable series of miracles that has led Anissa home. Praise God!!!!

  289. #289 RockyMtnMom
    on Feb 28th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Way to go Mayhews! So happy for you and praying for Anissa’s recovery through OP rehab!

  290. #290 Lamb
    on Feb 28th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I’m so happy to read this! I found your blog through The Spohrs Are Multiplying and it seems like you’ve had much more than your fair share of ucky times. I look forward to reading about all the happy times I know are inevitably coming your way! :)

  291. #291 Bejewell
    on Mar 2nd, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I’m so sorry it took me so long, but I just put my donation in the coffer. Sure hope it helps you all keep Anissa getting the care she needs.

  292. #292 cristin
    on Mar 3rd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    $10 of course.

  293. #293 jo
    on Mar 7th, 2010 at 9:11 pm


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    on May 28th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

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