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Holly Smith

You really do beat all... Yes, even Chuck Norris. Love you and your perseverance. You inspire me to not give up, my dear friend. Love you so!



Genie Cowden

YAY you!!!!!!!

lana dunkerley

Such a happy day!!!! You are on your way !!!!


That is super BIG


Yay! Praise the Lord! Your post brought a smile to my face. A couples verses were brought to my mind after reading your update...
"If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes." Mark 9:23
"We are pressed on every side by trouble; but we are not crushed or broken. We are perplexed, but don't give up and quit." 2 Corinthians 4:8
Keep persevering Joanne! :)


Awesome! Congrats! Don't give up! Keep on, keeping on!

ginger a Towns

Never give up Joann. God has big plans for you!

Pam Houston

Such an awesome and joyful praise the LORD. ..but in no way negating your effort and determination!


It IS a miracle! Praise God! I'm so happy for you!


So happy for you!!!! Keep moving forward. Love and prayers

annemarie anderson

love u love u

Kim Feth


Keep pushing the rehab goals!!


I'm praising Jesus with you. That's really wonderful news!

Dawn Welch

Yay, you! So happy!!!


Wonderful news! So happy for you. Thanks for sharing your great news with us. Keep on keeping on; you're doing great!

Karen Booker Schelhaas

This made my day. Truly. Celebrating with you!!!

Dean Skaret

You are an encouragement to me!!!


We're so proud of you!!

"I am so glad that you are able to go everywhere without your cane and I love you and miss you." ~Pumpkin

"I'm very glad. I love you and miss you!" ~Dumpling

"I love you and miss you and I wish I could see you and I love you so much and you're so pretty." ~Cupcake

"Well done. I'm so glad!" ~Sweetheart


That is huge! So happy for you Joanne!


"Never give up! Never surrender!" You made me think of my favorite movie - Galaxy Quest. That is amazing and wonderful news and I'm rejoicing with you.

Elaine Viergever

Joanne! This is amazing! You go, girl! We have prayed for miracles, and this is another one! All the hard work is paying off. May God strengthen you in every way! Blessings and hugs! 🎉🎈💐


So wonderful! Congrats Joanne, I am so happy for you!


So awesome, Joanne!


congrats-I know it must have taken some dedication, effort and hard work to get there-Keep going!

Jennifer X

Oh how wonderful! Good job, Joanne! Keep it up :)


Smiling BIG!! So wonderful. Continued blessings to you.

Bobbie Lutz

Congratulations, Joanne! You continually amaze me with your determination and very hard work to kick this thing in the backside and live the life God has planned for you! Thank you for your inspiration to all of us.


Awesome! You Go Girl! Keep up the hard and rewarding work of moving your life forward. Inspirational, you are.

Jan Partin

Very HAPPY FOR YOU - and you sure have made stupendous strides and kept to the grindstone. God has truly brought you to this, so for sure I know in spirit you're holding His hand & He is holding yours. You're an inspiration, Joanne. Be very proud of your accomplishments. I love hearing your updates. We continue to be HERE for you; so don't forget that. Hugs and Love, Jan

Margie Smallman

I got tears in my eyes for you!! God knows you need these milestones to keep you going and to remind you of His faithfulness to us even in the devastating moments of our time on earth!
Soooooo happy for you, sister!!



Thanks south for sharing; that is incredible news! I'm praying for more miracles of restoration in your life. Love & hugs.

Charlotte Moore

PRAISE the LORD for such wonderful news. HE is a MIRACLE worker.


So glad to hear this! I have been praying for you for just this kind of encouraging progress! Will continue to pray!

Karen Hicks

When I read this I almost screamed! I've followed you since the stroke and God has often laid you on my heart as I've been running on my treadmill. Your story is so inspiring and I, like so many others, have been cheering you on and celebrating each and every milestone. Your parents seem amazing and I pray for them too. I even pray for your husband and kids although I just don't understand them. BUT GOD! You have clung to Him and brought Him so much glory by your attitude and determination to not give up hope. It would be such an honor to meet you but most likely it will be in heaven, maybe running together on the streets of gold!

Kela Nellums

When I saw your FB status update about being cane free, I was rejoicing with you, sister!! Continuing still! Love you!

Brandi Luiz

Whoop whoop!

Helen Washington

This is the best news.
I am so proud of your perseverance and not giving up (redundant, I know but it bears repeating).
I am so excited for this new aspect in mobility and life and feeling mounting purpose in your everyday life.
I love you girl!

Way to go!

Hugs and high fives!

Ruthy :)

WOW! Spell it backwards WOW!

When we look at your Journey Hon how AWESPME is our Wonderful God.

Blessings and Love




Oh, the places you'll go.....believe and keep working forward. Congrats!!


So thrilled for you, Joanne! What a huge accomplishment. I am so proud of you and so happy for you. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Kathy Collard Miller

So proud of you
Keep up the great work!


Joanne, I have followed your blog before your stroke. You don't know me at all but I just wanted to let you know how much I admire and all you have been through. Keep going strong and keep blogging for us!!!


Praise the LORD!!! I am so happy for you and still praying for you!!


thank you for sharing it's wonderful wonderful wonderful news!! so happy for you!!


I'm so happy for you! Praising God for this wonderful victory in your life:) You are on my heart daily and I will continue to pray for you!


I've been following your blog since your stroke and you truly are a remarkable person. To have gone through what you have gone through, in every way that your life has changed, and how much your heart must break, you can still find humour and light in the things that would wear most people down, is just so heart warming. I know all the things that you hold dear, physically and emotionally, will return to you and you will be even stronger, if that's even possible xx

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