a year ago today…

A year ago today I went shopping.

A year ago today I ate lunch.

A year ago today I felt my legs way.

A year ago today I watched the sky go by out the window of an ambulence.

A year ago today I wondered if I’d ever see my children again.

A year ago today I heard my husband’s voice for what could have been the last time.

A year ago today I closed my eyes not knowing that a year later I would open them at home.

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57 Responses to a year ago today…

  1. Kim ~ CraftyMamaof4 December 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM #

    a year ago that day I sat in shock as I prayed like I have never prayed before in my life. The world would not be the same without you.

    Kim ~ CraftyMamaof4´s last post…Beyond the Attractions- A Guide to Walt Disney World With Preschoolers

  2. Mishi November 21, 2010 at 11:11 AM #

    Miraculous to say the least! Continued blessings, Anissa!

  3. Anita November 21, 2010 at 9:11 AM #

    A year filled with hard work and many accomplishments! Looking forward to your continued recovery.

  4. Debra @ A Frugal Friend November 18, 2010 at 8:32 PM #

    I remember those posts from everyone a year ago so well. I’m a total stranger, yet I prayed for you constantly. I prayed for you like I had prayed for my mom 4 years earlier, the week after Thanksgiving. I prayed for the miracle that my family didn’t get…..I didn’t want your husband, your wonderful children to go through what my family has been through. I cried so hard when that miracle came…..and I’m so happy for all of you. Hugs!

    Debra @ A Frugal Friend´s last post…Weekend Coupon Update for Sunday- November 21st

  5. Beth @ I Should Be Folding Laundry November 18, 2010 at 4:36 PM #

    I sat at my computer and thought about you and your family and I cried so.hard.
    I am so thankful for you and your life, your progress, your strength. I am so thankful to you and Peter for sharing with us.

    Beth @ I Should Be Folding Laundry´s last post…You Capture – What inspires you

  6. Jeanette Verster November 18, 2010 at 7:13 AM #

    Wow a whole year!! You’ve done amazing stuff in the last year! Kudos to you!

    Jeanette Verster´s last post…The Power Balance launch at Melrose Arch

  7. Headless Mom November 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM #

    I bet it feels like a flash and an eternity all rolled into one. So glad to be here on this side reading your words. Here’s to the next year where you’ll kick ass, my friend!

    Headless Mom´s last post…Those Crazy Kids

  8. Poppy November 17, 2010 at 10:17 PM #

    I don’t know what words aren’t awkward to convey my sentiment, so I’ll go with my usual Poppy awkwardness: Congratulations on your year of progress, and I’m glad you’re still around even though we don’t really know each other.

  9. Melisa November 17, 2010 at 9:55 PM #

    What a year!

    We’re all so glad you kept up the fight; so glad you’re HERE!

    Melisa´s last post…The Holidays Could Come Even Earlier For You!

  10. Lotus / Sarcastic Mom November 17, 2010 at 8:53 PM #

    I remember you tweeted about how the world needed more soup in bread bowls.

    And later all I could think about was how that may have been your last meal, and I just couldn’t believe that would be true. Anissa had to make it. Had to.

    I’m so glad you’re still here, Anissa.


    Lotus / Sarcastic Mom´s last post…The fun continues… It’s a Blogher 10 Photo Montage Video! Part 2

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM #

      I’m glad to be here!!

      But if I do have to go a bread bowl will make me happy. Sho nuff!

  11. Angella November 17, 2010 at 8:52 PM #

    I remember that day! I was so in shock and so scared that we lost you.

    Happy one year, amazing lady. :) xoxo

    Angella´s last post…Sunrise

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 12:04 PM #


  12. Bec November 17, 2010 at 8:24 PM #

    Oh wow!!!

  13. Dawn Tucker November 17, 2010 at 7:30 PM #

    A year ago today I started praying hard for you. Along with thousands all over the world it seems.

    Nearly a year ago today Peter started opening his heart on hope4peyton. And the world got to know more about your amazing husband. I’ve skimmed back through some of that stuff and, boy, does that man LOVE you! Lucky girl. He ended his first post with something like “I’m not as strong as she is”. Well, he proved that one wrong didn’t he! You’ve both been incredibly strong this past year.

    A year ago today you BOTH started being inspirational. There you are, I’ve said it. And you can’t kick me – I’m too far away. That and the fact that you’d probably fall over if you tried!!!

    Don’t you just love the power of prayer!


  14. Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba) November 17, 2010 at 6:55 PM #

    I’ve been thinking about you — and this day — for weeks. I’m glad you’re here. :)

  15. Diane Brogan November 17, 2010 at 5:54 PM #

    I didn’t know you until the #140 Conference in Detroit. Now I look for you every day. I am so glad you didn’t become an angel. We need you here on earth. Thank you for all you do.

  16. Jessica November 17, 2010 at 5:52 PM #

    What a year.

    I too won’t use the “i” word because I think you’ve simply been doing what you had to do and I’ve never seen anyone work like you and your family have to get back to some flavor of normal. But what I want to say is that you and Peter have helped me immensely. It was a year of grief for me as I watched my mom stall out in her recovery from her stroke and Peter’s accounts of your first days of survival made me so grateful that my mom survived. And then, Anissa, your voice. Your words. That you are standing now and traveling and joking and writing… it has given me comfort that I can’t even measure.

    What an anniversary. Thank you.

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 12:03 PM #

      Thank YOU. Your comment made me cry. It meant so much to me to have your support. I send out my heart for what you have given. For every “me” there’s a “you”

  17. Barnmaven November 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM #

    Its been a hell of a journey. So many people holding their breath for news, for Peter’s next post, for your first tweet, then first post…then conferences…

    Hell of a year.

    Barnmaven´s last post…I weep for the girls

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM #

      It has been a year Thank you for being here.

  18. designHer Momma November 17, 2010 at 4:16 PM #

    A –
    you are SUCH a huge inspiration! I can’t wait to see what the next year holds for you…

    designHer Momma´s last post…The Weekend Gimme – FOSTER WELD

  19. Monica~MommyBrain November 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM #

    A year ago, I cried, refreshing my twitter page over and over.
    A year ago, people all over, many who didn’t even know you, came together praying and hoping that you’d come back to us.
    A year ago, a miracle happened….

    You kick ass girl. You are an inspiration to many… just as your kids are your inspiration to keep fighting. Look at where you are now… and just imagine where you’ll be in one more year! (((Hugs)))

  20. Nancy [Fear and Parenting in Las Vegas] November 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM #

    A year ago you went from awesome and amazing to a living miracle.

    Just ask Ralph Macchio.

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM #

      I heart you for re embruing Ralph

  21. Kristin November 17, 2010 at 3:29 PM #

    Oh wow…a year…you’ve come a long way baby! And, I’m so damned glad you are here a year later.

    Kristin´s last post…A terrible- horrible- no good – very bad day

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  22. Lynn @ Walking With Scissors November 17, 2010 at 2:52 PM #

    You are a triumph, Anissa. I am truly inspired by your spirit.

    Lynn @ Walking With Scissors´s last post…Absence…

  23. Julie Presley November 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM #

    Wow. I can’t believe it’s been a year. Congratulations on your amazing progress!

  24. domestic extraordinaire November 17, 2010 at 2:41 PM #

    A year ago today I had to explain to people I knew why I was so upset when my friend from the internet was not doing well. They didn’t understand it and I remember being so angry. I am so thankful that you are here today, home, doing so well and that I can call you friend.

    domestic extraordinaire´s last post…I think they are up to something

    • Peter Mayhew November 17, 2010 at 3:05 PM #

      And now we’re not just friends from the internet!

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:54 AM #

      You are never ” just” anything

  25. Angela at mommy bytes November 17, 2010 at 2:03 PM #

    Anissa, we love you!! You are an inspiration to us all.

    Angela at mommy bytes´s last post…Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:51 AM #

      Is it wrong that I started to reply then saw your last blog post? I loved Harry Potter! Lol.

  26. Melinda November 17, 2010 at 1:52 PM #

    I am so glad you are here a year later *hugs*

  27. VDog November 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM #

    So much love for you, baby. XOXO

  28. Angi November 17, 2010 at 1:32 PM #

    I remember it vividly. I remember worrying for your family and for you. I remember that I’d only had a handful of interactions with you on Twitter, but I cried…hard. You’ve had an amazing journey, but it’s only just begun. I’m so very happy for you and your family. I hope there’s at least one Mayhew family hug today to celebrate just being you.

  29. Kristi November 17, 2010 at 1:10 PM #

    What a year it’s been. Blessings to you.

  30. DrLori71 November 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM #

    We’re so glad you’re here. You’re awesome! (And you’re the i-word even though you hate hearing that) :-)

    DrLori71´s last post…Candy 101- Unwrap Before Eating

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:49 AM #


  31. Chicky Chicky Baby November 17, 2010 at 12:42 PM #

    And today you are here. Because you kick serious ass!


    Chicky Chicky Baby´s last post…Ask me anything

  32. mommabird2345 November 17, 2010 at 12:25 PM #

    You are awesome! Keep kicking butt.

  33. Akilah Sakai November 17, 2010 at 12:24 PM #

    And you’re still kicking serious butt today. No one need tell you how inspiring your path and fight has been. Rock on, Anissa.

  34. Danielle Smith November 17, 2010 at 12:19 PM #

    A year ago today I stood in front of my computer, unable to catch my breath, begging twitter and facebook to give me more updates on you.

    A year ago today I cried as I prayed for you, for Peter, for those sweet babies of yours and that you would get through this.

    Today I’m grateful.


    Danielle Smith´s last post…Creating an Alliance… Building a Tribe

  35. Debby November 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM #

    I’ll never forget that day and the days that followed. Waking every morning to find an update…you inspire me every day, Anissa. And to think we’ve never even met.

  36. Amanda November 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM #

    I cannot believe that it’s been a year. It seems both so long ago and just yesterday. Your progress is amazing and I cannot wait to see what the next year brings.

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM #

      Hard to believe a year has gone by! I’m eager to see what happens too.

  37. Mary @ Holy Mackerel November 17, 2010 at 12:14 PM #

    One year is sometimes a lifetime.
    So glad you’re here, and getting better every day!!

  38. Miss Grace November 17, 2010 at 12:13 PM #

    I’m so glad, a year later, here you are.

    Miss Grace´s last post…Without Comment AKA THE BEST VIDEOS IN THE HISTORY OF MAN

  39. Dawn November 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM #

    A year ago today the world stopped all for you. We love you.

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:44 AM #

      I love you too!

  40. Jayne November 17, 2010 at 12:10 PM #

    Wow, I’m so overwhelmed to think that it was only a year ago. I know it probably doesn’t seem like ‘only’ a year to you, but when I think of how much you’ve achieved in that amount of time, it blows my mind.

    Just think what the next 365 days will bring!

  41. schmutzie November 17, 2010 at 12:07 PM #

    And we’re so glad that you’re here. The distance you’ve covered over this last year is immense.

    schmutzie´s last post…Sitting And Remembering And Waiting For The Heat To Kick In From The Boiler Below

    • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:41 AM #

      It’s good to be here. I’m thankful every day to had friends like you.

      • Anissa Mayhew November 19, 2010 at 11:42 AM #


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