Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Because no one else understands my obsession with Ralph Macchio like she does

My heart hurts today.

I'm going to just cut to the chase - My friend Anissa Mayhew had a stroke yesterday and today she is in the ICU. I am completely devastated by this news. Anissa is a new friend, I only just met her in July at the BlogHer conference, but I feel like I've known her forever. If you know her you probably feel the same, she just has that way about her - instantly likable. As news spread of her condition over Twitter and the internet the outpouring of love from the people who know her, both online and off, was amazing and inspiring. She is truly a loved person.

Anissa is a mother of three, a wife, a fellow blogger, founder of the fabulous community blog Aiming Low, Ralph Macchio's other biggest fan, and the most wonderful person you'd ever hope to meet. Like most, I'm worried for both Anissa and her family. If you feel like I do there are things you can do to help.

First, pray for her. Or if you have a hard time with praying, keep her in your thoughts. I believe in the power of positive thinking in times like these so send her some good juju.

Second, go here. A PO Box has been set up to receive any items you may went to send to the Mayhew family. Gift cards are important right now to help defer the cost of keeping her children occupied and fed. Anyone who has had a loved one in the hospital for an extended stay knows how difficult and disruptive it is for the family, especially small children, and home cooked meals are hard to come by when you're eating on the run. Please consider giving something, even if it's just something that will make her laugh. She loves to laugh.

Anissa is the most magnificent person with a smile that could light up whole cities. Last night was a dark one. I missed seeing her in my Twitter stream desperately.

I love you, Anissa! If anyone is going to make it through this, you are. Ralph Macchio is counting on you!!


Alex Elliot said...

Oh Mrs. Chicky, that is just awful. How truly terrible. I will keep Anissa and you in my thoughts.

Kiran Kairab Ferrandino said...

I will keep Anissa in my thoughts and prayers. I am sure she will be on her way to a speedy recovery with supporters like you.

Jen L. said...

Praying hard. She and I are blog/twitter friends and I, too, miss seeing her in my twitter stream.

On a totally unrealated note, the shoes on your masthead are awesome.

Lili said...

Anissa Mayhew may you heal completely and totally,mind,body,and spirit-NOW.

I am sorry Chicky for the pain you're feeling.


Tuesday Girl said...

It is terrible and she is such a nice, warm, sweet person.

We are praying!