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Dawn Welcj

Joanne, YOU ARE AMAZING! Everyone could take a lesson from your determination. I am so glad you are blogging regularly again. I enjoy seeing your Facebook updates but appreciate hearing your your heart and deeper thoughts in your blogging.

Holly Smith

I love this so much, my friend! You are a beautiful picture of the overcoming power of God -- that dunamis kind of strength that accomplishes and never quits. I love you so! And I will be praying for you tomorrow with a smile on my face!


Wow Joanne you are awesome , I have been following you since your stroke and you have inspired me in many ways . You are an encouragement to many . You go girl I am proud of you , I enejoy reading your blog I may not always comment but I do read.
I remember the first day we prayed for you we were all on conference call and I was not sure how to do that but I figured it out after the second time .
Thank you and it’s an honor and privilege to know you .

Brandi Luiz

Enjoying your adventures! So glad you are typing again and sharing with us! I am sure you are blessing the patients as much as it blesses you!


How do you do your bra with one hand ?? Of all you massive and greatly impressive accomplishments, post stroke, this is the one that’s wowed me. I love that you are going back, with Maddie to give hope. Be brave and be strong.....I say that to my daughter each day when I drop her at school, I think you are a great example of that

Patti M

You will be a great blessing to those still in the trenches ❤️

Terry (mzzterry)

Yea God! Yea Joanne!!
I believe we are given these opportunities to grow so we might touch others and glorify God! MS was my tool, stroke recovery is yours! The more we grow and can reach others, the mor He gives us opportunities! ❤️❤️❤️

Lisa walker

Wow! So proud of you for all that you have overcome and your willingness to share and help others. I hope you and Maddie have a wonderful experience today as you help others with their stroke journeys. I'm borrowing your "try something new" plan. What a great way to jump- start our lives when they have been interrupted.... and what a wonderful way to let God direct us in the plans He has for our time on this side of Heaven. Sending you love and gratitude for being so authentic. ❤️ Lisa Walker


What a blessing you (& Maddie) will be to those people - and a light for Jesus! So proud of all you've accomplished and continue to do! ...and the bra? How in the world?! "Fun facts from Jo". :)

Kary Ross

I too agree with Beth that you are God's answer to all those folks you're sharing Maddie with and getting to share yourself with them as well. Keep sharing Jesus! You encourage men!! I should be doing that as well and getting myself out and doing the same!! God is going before you planning each step and handshake and hug!! <3

Duet 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

Kary Ross

Oh, I just re-read my comments above! That next to last paragraph should read

"You encourage me!" not men! lol

Bless you and your day!

Charlotte Moore

Good for you! You will be a BLESSING to those people you and Maddie visit. GOD BLESS yours you will be BLESSING others.


Joanne, You can't imagine how excited I get when I see that you've posted on your blog! I love reading what you are up to. Putting on a bra one handed takes some serious talent, I'm sure! I'm so proud of you for all you have done and will keep on doing. Enjoy your time at the stroke center!


You are simply amazing. What you have accomplished is so wonderful. I love seeing you posts. I pray for you every night.



It is so inspiring that you are able to share your gifts! What a resilient and loving spirit! :)


You are truly amazing! Some of the things you listed are things I would be too scared to do on my own and I am 56 and have not had a stroke! Keep on challenging yourself!!! You are in inspiration to me and so many others!!

Chris G

You are truly an inspiration. Your transparency is such a blessing. Thank you for sharing your journey and thank you for continuing to blog even though it is not easy. Can't wait to hear what's next!

Amelia Onsrud

Way to go sweet friend!!! So proud of you! What an inspiration and blessing you are! Hope you and Maddie enjoy this new adventure! Keep us posted! Prayers always! :)


Simply amazing! I need to take the challenge of trying new things myself. Thanks for the encouragement to do it! I hope you and Maddie have a fantastic time at the Center!💜

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