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I miss you all so much! Wish I could be there. Sending a virtual hug to and prayers to heaven.


I've been following this blog since before the stroke.. you all have continued to be in my prayers. Praying for healing... always room for more healing :)


Thank you for the update and the specifics on the accupuncture. I am more informed now as I held previous views on it like you did.

I also hope that the cardiologist has wisdom and discernment and can point ya'll in the right direction for some answers.


Not trying to get "all in the business", but just wanted to throw in a suggestion. I have heard that some birth control medicines will put you at risk for blood clot and stroke. I actually know someone that had a mild stroke due to birth control. If Joanne was on any type of birth control medication at the time of the stroke it may be something to ask the doctors about.


Thanks for the update. My son broke his arm and he got a water proof cast put on so he could shower and swim. Not sure if that is available with Joanne's be worth asking about. We will be praying.



Praying for comfort and patience as you g through all this. My daughter broker her heel in a car accident and could not put weight on it for 8 weeks. She had a scooter that she rested her knee on and pushed it with her other foot. Maybe it's something Joanne can use?


Thanks for all the details about your busy weeks and prayer requests. I'm studying to be a massage therapist which is an incredibly challenging course. Your appreciation for Brooke will give me encouragement as I once again hit the books because I, too, want to provide "incredibly therapeutic" touch.

In Hebrew, my name means "brook." :)

Thank you for standing in the faith together with your wonderful family and many other Team Joanne members. It's a privilege to follow from afar.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25


Thank you for continuing to share your story. Countless people continue to pray for your family. Hang in there! Cling to the saying, and title of an old hymn, "One day at a time". Truly, just one. day. at. a. time.

Hebrews 10:23, "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful."

Hebrews 13:6 "So we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Substitute what can "acupuncture" do to me? : ) Or what can "discouragement" do to me? Nothing/noone can take away your heavenly crown, your prize!


They make a "cast cover" that you can put on and take off over the cast.You can find them at most drug stores. My husband was in a cast for numerous weeks and this allowed him to shower. We did the trash bag and duct tape until we found this life saver. Good Luck.


I have been following your blog since Joanne stroke and have been praying for your family. I am so glad to read the updates and her progress. I work on a rehab unit and it is so encouraging to see her continue to make gains. Just a tip..try Glad Press and Seal on the cast. It works better than the Trash bag! :)

Carrie Hester

Thank you for this update. It puts it all into perspective for me. My "weariness" is absolutely NOTHING compared to Joanne's daily walk. I am sooo thankful she continues to believe in God's plan!


There was so much in this post so first, hopefully a little smile at least- when you mentioned being happy about the toe wiggle, it made me think of "Princess Bride"- sorry about the "almost dead" reference to that particular part but he did overcome it. And I am hoping that some of the suggestions put forth here by others about the cast/showering situation will work out- a good shower is such a blessing!

Enjoy being present with Joanne and her with you and can't wait to see the post about being present! Joanne- you're a tough woman following a GREAT GOD- looking forward to seeing you walk after the surgery!


Toben - my husband recently had foot/Achilles tendon surgery and was in a cast for 8 weight bearing and unable to get it wet. We got a bench for the shower (which you might already have) and the real lifesaver was Saran Wrap. The doctor told us to Saran Wrap the cast. Then I pulled a trash bag over it, duct taped the top and there was NO way it was going to get wet. With just the trash bag or a cast cover (which we tried) it was getting wet. The Saran Wrap totally kept the water off. It allowed him to sit on the bench in the shower. That was huge. Sending many prayers to you and Joanne, always.

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