Hope for Anissa

For the most current updates on Anissa’s progress, please check her first blog, Hope 4 Peyton. Her husband will be updating regularly.


As you may have heard, Anissa, our beloved friend and leader here at Aiming Low, suffered a massive stroke on Tuesday afternoon. She is in the hospital right now, in the ICU.

More than anything, Anissa needs your prayers and positive thoughts but to the many people who have offered help to the Mayhew family, here is some info on what you can do:

Things that would be helpful right now are gift cards (AMEX and Visa are most flexible) or gift cards to restaurants and gift cards to the movies or to Blockbuster (to help keep the kids’ occupied).  If you would like to give a restaurant gift card, the following restaurants are local to them: Chick Fil A, Beef O’Brady’s, Hooter’s, Applebee’s, Moe’s, Ruby Tuesday, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, Panera Bread, Sonny’s, Burger King, Zaxby’s, McDonald’s, Subway.

A P.O. Box has been set up to receive any items you wish to send, the address can be found below. Please don’t send anything to the hospital or the Mayhew home. If you have questions, please email helpforanissa@gmail.com

We ask that you please respect the Mayhew family’s privacy by NOT calling the hospital and we thank you all SO MUCH for your outpouring of love and support for Anissa and her family. With thanks and love, The Aiming Low Team

If you would like to send something to Anissa and her family, we have set up a P.O. Box:

The Mayhew Family
860 Johnson Ferry Road 140-184
Atlanta, GA 30342

Please consider making a donation to the Mayhew Family to help with costs.

(Copy the code below, if you’d like to post this button on your own site)


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Have you written a post about Anissa? Please use Mr. Linky to link your post below! Please leave your messages and comments on the Caring Bridge site. Thank you!



Well. I went home and stayed with the kids. Her sister and friend stayed with her. Apparently she had lots of eye movement this am. Encouraging. More scans this am.



Neurosurgeon just stopped in. We talked about the second bleed. I mentioned in the past 30 minutes her movement had picked up: – she was searching natalie’s hand for a ring we think – she was moving her left leg and arm more deliberately – she was having some facial expressions So, the doctor rubbed her sternum and said her name loud. She tried to open her eyes! Did it again, and the eyes opened wider. She keeps trying to reach the tubes and such. Very encouraging! KEEP PRAYING PLEASE!



Not much change. Second bleed was not good. I brought the kids up. She responded slightly, then a lot of movement 20 minutes after they left. She’s fighting and has reached for me. Hard to say the reason, but she stops when contact is made. Feeding tube is in.


11/18/09 1:37 pm Eastern UPDATE FROM ANISSA’S HUSBAND:

She’s had more bleeding in the left thalamus. She has bled into the spinal fluid. Also has more swelling and has become less responsive.


11/18/09 12 pm Eastern UPDATE FROM ANISSA’S HUSBAND:

What we know is she had a massive stroke. She bled into the brainstem and pons areas of the brain. She is no longer sedated but still unconcious and unresponsive. Vitals are mostly stable except for a lowgrade fever most likely due to the damage to the pons. The pons control the bodies ability to regulate temperature. She is still on a vent and it is unclear if she is capable of breathing on her own. She has had an mri/mra/ct today. An eeg is pending. We’re in a waiting game now for survival first, and ultimately for her to wake up.

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  1. MMC says:

    I just wanted to say I’m very sorry about your friend Anissa. What a terribly awful situation. My prayers are with her and all her friends and family.

  2. Hoping and praying for a full recovery!!


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  3. Aurora says:

    I have never met this wonderful woman but i have read NUMEROUS posts about her today and I am touched by the outpouring of love that the blogging community has for her!! I am keeping her and her family and friends in my thoughts!!!

  4. Dear Anissa,

    Oh my goodness. I hope you feel better soon! FWIW, I had two strokes four years ago at the age of 24. Mine weren’t as terrible as yours, as they were ischemic and I gather from I read on this site that yours were hemorragic (sp), but after the first one, I was completely paralyzed on my right side, I had ‘mild’ aphasia (whatever that means … ‘mild’ is a neurologists’s term, not mine!), and I was *exhausted*. However, four years later, I’m doing pretty well. I’m skiing again — movement on my right side has come back! And I can talk! (I’m not as comfortable as I used to be, but …) Now, if I can get my energy to follow suit, I’ll be peachy again!

    My prayers are with you and your family.

    – Kathy =)

  5. califmom says:

    Still saying prayers and sending my love.

  6. Miche says:

    Our prayers are with you; I am so glad there was so good news updated. Tons of hugs to you all.

  7. Danielle says:

    My heart is with you and your family, wishing only the best for Anissa!

  8. Jaime says:

    The button isn’t working on my page. :/

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  9. Dearest Anissa, I’m thinking of you and sending warm healing hugs and prayers.

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  10. cali says:

    my thoughts are with you

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  11. Nicole says:

    A day late and a dollar short, but I did a post, finally.

    She has been in my thoughts since I found out.

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  12. I am so sad to hear of this trajedy. Our family is praying for Anissa and for the Mayhew family.

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  13. What a beautiful young family! Thoughts are with you all!

  14. Somedayphd says:

    Keep touching….

  15. Tami says:

    Although I didnt know her personally my prayers goes out to her and her family. God Bless her

  16. Lee says:

    Just wanted to let you know that last night on my web show I interviewed The Bloggess. We dedicated each and every awkward delay silence to you. I also talked about your caringbridge site and gave the link. I’m thinking good thoughts for you all the time.

    Lee :)

  17. Raven/Missy says:

    I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers!

  18. Be well, Anissa and family. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  19. When I first read this I put my link up there and Mr. Linky and didn’t write a post…you know being A Vapid Blonde and all, came back to read more comments and realized what a dope I was…

    I don’t know Anissa personally but my thoughts are certainly with her and I wrote a little post too on Friday.

    Get well…SOON!

  20. Late, but we’re hoping praying and adding to the love and support!

  21. Also when I tried to copy the code for the Help Button…it did not work for me. I just wanted to let you know.

  22. Emma says:

    Anissa and the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there was something useful I could do but for now I guess I’ll go with praying extra hard xx

  23. My prayers are with Anissa and her family and our blogging family too. I met Anissa on Twitter and she has had me laughing ever since. She is one in a million.

  24. karen MEG says:

    Sending all my love and hope…


  25. Amo says:

    Anissa, that post was one of the most difficult I think I’ve ever written.

    And that’s saying a lot considering the whole ‘dead mom’ part of my life.

    MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU!!!!! Get back here and make me laugh now, dammit.

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  26. Mary says:

    I just added my blog post to the list. I am also participating in the Shop for Anissa Day with my company, Chirp & Tweet.

  27. I’ll Digg this, thanks!

  28. Chad is the funniest person on the show. This is my favorite show on tv! Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed reading it. I’m adding your rss feed to my Google reader, keep up the good posts!

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