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Thank you, Pam!
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Cindy M.

Please update us -- it's been almost two months. We worry!

Missy

Hey Joanne, where are you? Write for us, please! A few sentences would help. We need your voice. What do you see when you open your eyes in the morning?

traci

Miss you joanne! I'd love to hear your heart girlfriend! ...raw...or revived ;).

Joanne Heim


Thank you!
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Thx!
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Lori

You have not lost your gift of writing, as I read your words and experienced your transparency I was moved and challenged. I am reminded that the things I despair over are so ridiculous and selfish and today you have challenged me through your words to "look for the goodness" of our Lord.
Praying for you Joanne. Use your gift of writing. I wrote very shortly after your stroke that I look forward to the day that I can come hear you speak at a huge womens conference and I am still waiting for that day.

Carole

Thinking of you, sweet girl... May you be filled with peace this Mother's Day.

Proverbs 31
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her

29 Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Deborah

Just wanted you to know I'm praying for you on this Mother's Day--praying that you were able to have some good time with your girls, and praying for you and your aching heart if that wasn't possible. You are not forgotten, even when you are silent.

Katie

Hi! Someone just referred me here from my own blog. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2012 and suffered a massive stroke during surgery. I've recently started blogging about what I remember (or don't remember, as the case may be). I'm not sure if it will be of any comfort or help to you or your readers, but I am happy to have found you. www.missingmonthofmay.com

Joanne Heim


Thank you, carole!

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Thank you!
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Becky

Remaining confident with you, that we will see the goodness of the Lord. Much love and many prayers.

Joanne Heim


Love you, friend!
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Thank you!
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Shannon O

Dear Joanne,
I love reading your blog posts. I developed a vocal disorder 14 years ago that often makes it hard for me to speak. It has taken me quite some time to make peace with my disorder. I too felt like so much was taken away. I love reading your posts and being able to identify with your emotions although I know your stroke has made things so much harder on you. I pray that this will be the year that God restores your job and your relationship with your girls. Your words are amazing. I was wondering if you could write letters to all those you love - letters with all the thoughts that may be difficult for you to express vocally. If your girls (and other family members) love to read, then I know they will love reading your thoughts. It is so hard to have a fully functioning brain, but struggle to outwardly express your thoughts. Tell stories about your childhood. Give advice for the future. Express love through words on paper.

With love,
Shannon

Shannon O

Oops! I meant restore your joy not job.

Joanne Heim


Thank you!
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kimberly

You are missed and loved!!!

Joanne Heim


As are you!
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Robin Good

I pray for your continued healing, not just your body, but your heart, and soul. Forgiveness and love are just about all a person needs, but those are easy words to say, harder to live. Seems we always want to judge everything; I'm good, I'm bad, I'm capable, I'm incompetent, I'm smart, I'm good at X, I'm bad at X. It is hard for us to accept and love and forgive ourselves, to be actually who we are day to day, with all the limitations that might bring. I am grateful and thank Jesus for your blog and the documentation of your journey. You don't know the end of the story. You're just beginning your journey, so I guess that is where faith comes in. You like to read. You are writing your own story, and this chapter is just beginning, and when this one concludes, you can go on to the next. Sometimes it seems so scary and bad and it doesn't make sense. When that happens to me, I try to count my blessings-- for the breath in my lungs, and my heart beating within my chest, and my capacity to love with all its confusion and mystery. What would life be with out it? Struggle takes many forms. From what I read here, you are one heck of a fighter. We all need to rest too. Love will find a way. Let go and let God. (and thank you for this beautiful documentation and your family. You testify to the vast, omnipotent power of God working through us and our relationships of love) --- on a side note. If you look at this stroke as your 'enemy' there is a bit of wisdom that taught me a lot, it goes; 'Thank your enemies for they teach you much about yourself' and if you look at the stroke as a 'teacher' maybe you can find something in that. I just have to say thank you, thank you, thank you ... .all of you. :-)

Joanne Heim


Thank you!
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Chris

Dear Joanne,
You are on my 'ongoing prayers list'!!! As I've told you in the past, I followed you and bought all your books. Let me encourage you to write another. You are an expert on the topic of loss. You can help others and maybe help yourself through writing!! Your books (Living Simply and Misplacing God) sit on my LR table! I have some tucked away for my daughter. You are thought of and prayed for more than you know!

Joanne Heim


Thank you!
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pam

Dearest Joanne,
Please write - you are loved and missed - you are being lifted up daily in prayer - just one word, one sentence, one move forward.
Pam

Joanne Heim


Thank you. Post coming soon.
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amy

Praying for you this morning, beautiful Joanne. I can only imagine how much you miss pre-stroke life. Goodness, I miss your pre-stroke life simply because I enjoyed reading your words here so much. God is good all the time, but oh my can it be hard here. I'm praying for new joys, new perspectives, new peace, new goodness. You are an inspiration just by being authentic you. Just wanted you to know I thought of you and lifted you up on this August morning.

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