capturing the moon and stars can be a full-time job

There was a time when I wanted the moon and stars.

I still want the moon and stars, but maybe they’ve changed a bit.

Maybe the moon just ain’t what it used to be.

And maybe the stars never shined so bright.

Arm Progress 7/10/10 from Anissa Mayhew on Vimeo.

That is literally the FIRST time I have moved my wrist on my own!!  You may not notice, but it’s a BIG deal!!

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80 Responses to capturing the moon and stars can be a full-time job

  1. SandyLikeABeach July 13, 2010 at 8:16 AM #

    Oh so freakin’ awesome:)So happy for you….and we even got a peek at that boobage…ok, so it was only the left one, and not really a full shot but us boob lovers notice such things! Keep going girlfriend!!

  2. Cassie Dismukes July 12, 2010 at 6:52 PM #

    Just another stalker, but yay, I’m so happy for you. You’ll get it all back, I know you will!!!

  3. Nancy [Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas] July 12, 2010 at 3:55 PM #

    Way to go! I’m so proud of you. Keep fighting!!

  4. The Tutugirl July 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM #

    That’s awesome!!

  5. Anna July 12, 2010 at 9:41 AM #

    That is really awesome, I’m so happy for you! …and I cried a little. Honestly.
    You might not have reached the moon and stars yet, but the world is yours allready!

    Anna´s last post…quick- hide behind the picket fence-

  6. Laurie July 12, 2010 at 8:28 AM #

    You are such an inspiration. <3
    So happy for you. I just know it is going to keep getting better.

  7. Jan July 12, 2010 at 4:23 AM #

    Best video I’ve seen in a LONG time! Craps all over the dancing bride and groom on youtube. (okay, I do really secretly like that video but you still are totally more entertaining! ) Keep up the AMAZING work and progress!

    From one of your many adoring fans.

  8. Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] July 11, 2010 at 10:56 PM #


  9. Chris Toth July 11, 2010 at 10:56 PM #

    Hey Anissa,
    I am COMPLETELY out of the loop here. (Miss you guys, btw!). Guessing you had another stroke, so sorry– but I know you are FULL OF AWESOME and will make a kick-ass recovery. Praying for you, friend!

    • Anissa Mayhew July 12, 2010 at 9:52 AM #

      Chris, I don’t even know how how to tell you all that happened. I had 2 strokes in Nov, I was in a come and the hospital for a long time. I didn’t get to come home until late Feb of this year. I’m paralyzed on my right side and wheelchair-bound. If you ever want the whole story you can have Pete’s story at my old blog hope4peyton and mine after i came home here.

      i miss you too. R would love to hear from the girls.

      Love always.

  10. Kathy July 11, 2010 at 10:04 PM #

    Superbe! (That’s French for “superb”, heh). LOVE seeing the progress! (Are you right handed?)

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 10:49 PM #

      I used to be right-handed when it worked. I’ve had to learn to use my left the best I can. Typing with one hand, and writing with my left. uuuggggg.

  11. Kellee July 11, 2010 at 9:41 PM #

    You are so amazing!

    Kellee´s last post…Turning Japanese- I Really Think So

  12. Amanda July 11, 2010 at 9:12 PM #

    The video is awesome! Thank you for sharing.
    I am so proud of you!

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 9:28 PM #

      Thanks, girl!! I miss you bunches!

  13. Lisa July 11, 2010 at 8:42 PM #

    Not notice? How could anyone NOT NOTICE?!? Awesome wrist action girl!

  14. monstergirlee July 11, 2010 at 8:36 PM #

    that made me smile so big, so fucking awesome girl!

    monstergirlee´s last post…Custom Shoe Rack

  15. Marcy Massura July 11, 2010 at 8:24 PM #

    This is DAMN AWESOME. Like Daaaaaaaaamnnnnn awesome.

  16. April July 11, 2010 at 7:54 PM #

    This made my day. I’m so happy for you!

  17. BecZhang July 11, 2010 at 7:38 PM #

    That is freaking awesome! You are kicking some major butt. I think I watched it 20 times. I’m not creepy I promise. Well maybe a little.

    BecZhang´s last post…i got screwed out of fame and ten thousand bucks

  18. Dawn July 11, 2010 at 7:23 PM #

    And maybe the whole damn solar system seems to have fireworks going off tonight. They’re just celebrating with you. Brilliant!!

  19. Shannon July 11, 2010 at 5:11 PM #

    That is awesome! Yay! I am so happy and keep on praying.

  20. Kristin July 11, 2010 at 4:22 PM #

    I did notice and that is a HUGE freakin’ deal! Way to go Anissa!

    BTW, not trying to be all stalkerish but I had a BlogHer dream last night (think I must be getting desperate to get away) and I dreamed about you.

    Kristin´s last post…Solid Potato Salad

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 9:26 PM #

      I had a dream about Kimmy Kimmel the other night. I think it was total stalker fodder.

  21. melanie July 11, 2010 at 2:10 PM #

    Amazing. That’s so so awesome!

  22. Susie July 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM #

    Well, I have tears in my eyes! Who said miracles don’t happen? That was
    unbelievable movement!

    And I know how hard you are working, Anissa. My mom had a stroke and went to physical therapy twice a week.

    YOU are unstoppable! Go! Go! Go! We’re all here rooting you on–even if we’re 3000 miles away–like me!

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 9:24 PM #

      I do work hard and I thank you for understanding that. Thousands of miles aren’t anything important!

  23. Cort July 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM #

    YEAH!!! You rock! Thanks for bringing sunshine to an otherwise drap Sunday!

    Cort´s last post…Wrapped with love

    • Cort July 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM #

      Drab! Drab – not drap…

  24. Teresa July 11, 2010 at 1:23 PM #

    Anissa, you are truly an amazing person. Your willpower is so strong and yes, sappy but true, inspirational. You keep on thinking….cuz if you can make that wrist move by just thinking it, then I know you’ve got this crap on the run woman.

    You can’t hear me I know but I’m shouting out loud right now saying, You go girl!!

    Teresa´s last post…Facebook – Friend or Foe

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 9:22 PM #

      Well, i do have to think REALLY HARD. Thank you, though, your words mean so much.

  25. Michelle @ Mommy Loves Stilettos July 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM #

    That is amazing!!!!! :)

    Michelle @ Mommy Loves Stilettos´s last post…Happy Sunday -

  26. Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba) July 11, 2010 at 12:45 PM #


  27. Elle July 11, 2010 at 12:38 PM #

    Yay for you Anissa! And no I’m not crying, it’s just really dusty in here.

  28. anymommy July 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM #

    So happy for you, Anissa, for every tiny little movement that will equal full, happy recovery. And awed and inspired from afar.

  29. Nicole at Mommy Moxie July 11, 2010 at 12:32 PM #

    DAMN! Every time I see a new video I get goosebumps over your progress. You’ll be smacking people upside the head with that hand in no time!!

    Seriously though, congrats. Hopefully you know how much we’re all pulling for you and how excited we are to get to share your triumphs.

  30. Heather July 11, 2010 at 12:28 PM #

    WOOOOOOTY WOOT! I am doing the happy dance for ya! :) That is DEFINITELY noticeable! AWESOME!

    Heather´s last post…wordless wednesday- with- well- words

  31. Adrienne July 11, 2010 at 12:22 PM #

    Maybe it’s just my computer, but everytime that wrist went up I heard a distinctive “Ayyyyyyyyyyy” (said in my best Fonzie voice.

    Adrienne´s last post…My Ville

  32. Mandi Bone July 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM #

    Woot!! I am so happy for you.

  33. cindy w July 11, 2010 at 10:48 AM #

    That’s awesome! With that kind of wrist movement, you’re going to be back to giving hand jobs in no time.

    (What? Somebody had to say it!)

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:33 AM #

      Like my husband hasn’t mentioned it already! LOL!!!

      • The Pony Lady July 12, 2010 at 3:42 PM #

        *I* was thinking that!
        I was gonna type it, too.
        Until Cindy took all the wind from beneath my wings. Bitch. (and I mean that in a I totally dig your thought processes kinda way.)

  34. Desera July 11, 2010 at 10:46 AM #

    YES! You are amazing and that….was TOTALLY noticeable!

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM #

      I’m SO glad you could see it!!!

  35. Melinda July 11, 2010 at 10:05 AM #

    That is awesome!!!!!!!

    It is great to see all of your progress. You are a superstar, working so hard.

  36. neeroc July 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM #

    That’s fan-freakin-tastic! Way to go!

  37. Julie Presley July 11, 2010 at 9:15 AM #

    Totally noticeable! That’s so awesome!!!! Oh and you have gorgeous nails! :)

  38. Molly July 11, 2010 at 8:50 AM #

    WOOHOO! Go Anissa go baby

  39. Erin July 11, 2010 at 7:54 AM #

    YAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow! That’s so awesome! I love being able to watch all of these victories! Go you!!! :)

    Erin´s last post…The Sunll Come OutTomorrow

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:31 AM #

      I really love being able to share them….to tell/show you my most exciting moments!

  40. MFA Mama July 11, 2010 at 7:30 AM #

    Okay, you said I may not notice so I started the video squinting at your wrist to see the muscles maybe just tense a little but THAT IS TOTALLY FUCKING NOTICEABLE, YOU SHOWOFF – AWESOME!!!

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:34 AM #


  41. Alicia July 11, 2010 at 6:35 AM #

    All I have to say right now is hell-freakin-yea!!! Kick that sorry ass stroke in the rear and take some names! Keep kickin butt and takin names sweetie!

    Alicia´s last post…What are you thankful for

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM #

      Consider names taken!

  42. Valerie July 11, 2010 at 2:24 AM #

    That is excellent!! So happy for you! It is a huge deal!! Thank you for sharing with us!!

  43. *firegirl* July 11, 2010 at 1:28 AM #

    Way to Go!!!!

    that’s the best thing I’ve seen all day!!

  44. robin July 11, 2010 at 12:58 AM #

    duuuuuuuuude is right. IM.PRESS.IVE.

  45. jane July 10, 2010 at 11:51 PM #

    yea! go! you rock! so happy for you! :)

  46. Janine (@twincident) July 10, 2010 at 11:41 PM #

    Dooood – amazing. I have to ask you – what does it FEEL like? Is it like heavy? Or like, you are telling your wrist to move but it’s just not cooperating? Does it hurt? I’m watching and I’m amazed but I’d curious to know how it feels on the inside.
    If you can find a way to describe it.

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:29 AM #

      I don’t actually “feel” anything yet. Can you believe that? It’s starting to move, and I can do little things by thinking about them, but I don’t FEEL them at all.

  47. Mir_B July 10, 2010 at 11:41 PM #

    Oh that’s beautiful. Looks like the moon and stars to me…

  48. Tzi July 10, 2010 at 11:27 PM #

    This is so great!

  49. mrs.notouching July 10, 2010 at 11:15 PM #

    THAT is a HUGE deal. You will be back dancing on tables in no time. Love.

    mrs.notouching´s last post…Oh The Things I Do For My Kids…

  50. nicole July 10, 2010 at 11:14 PM #

    WONDERFUL!!!! Wonderful! WONDERFUL!!!!!

  51. jessica July 10, 2010 at 11:14 PM #

    did my comment go through? Well even if it dead, it bears repeating

    You make me believe in miracles

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:26 AM #

      you make me believe in funneh comments, J!

  52. Jessica July 10, 2010 at 11:13 PM #

    you make me believe in miracles

  53. Lisa~pbajmom July 10, 2010 at 11:12 PM #

    I’m so happy for you Anissa!!! Whoo hoo!!!!

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM #

      Oh, I’m so happy too, thank you!

  54. Meagan Francis July 10, 2010 at 11:12 PM #

    oh my gosh, congrats–that is fantastic! go you!

  55. Wanda July 10, 2010 at 11:11 PM #

    Yay Anissa! That is awesome!

    Wanda´s last post…Were Weighing In Week 6

  56. Amy July 10, 2010 at 11:10 PM #

    I don’t know you… but I would say that is a VERY big deal! Yayyy for your amazing progress!!

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:23 AM #

      Who even cares whether you “know” me or not….let’s celebrate!!

  57. Melisa with one S July 10, 2010 at 11:08 PM #

    I NOTICED all right: way to go!!!

    You’re amazing. I’m so glad you’re sharing your progress, and that you keep moving onward and upward!

    Melisa with one S´s last post…Long Is Relative

  58. Pgoodness July 10, 2010 at 11:07 PM #

    You rock, girl!!!!!!! Wooohooo!

  59. Rachel ~ Southern Fairytale July 10, 2010 at 11:07 PM #

    HOT DAMN!!!!

    I am tearing up over here!!!

    • Anissa Mayhew July 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM #

      Let’s not even talk about how many kleenex we’ve gone through.

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