Welcome to our blog! I originally started this blog in November 2010 just prior to having a major brain surgery to remove a large bleeding cavernous angioma from a deep part of my brain. You can best understand the gravity of our experience by reading the first several entries.(Nov 2010-Dec 2010) I wrote the first one and my sweet, adoring husband, John, wrote the next several (while I was too sick to do much of anything) that documented surgery, immediate recovery, and our reaction to the surgery complication (stroke)that was revealed 2 days after surgery. This recovery process has been difficult but we are making it. We appreciate all the kind words of encouragement we have received and we would like to thank everyone that has participated in helping us along this difficult journey. Also, if you have any questions about my personal experience, please leave them as a comment or contact me directly at thankfulforeveryday@yahoo.com and I will respond although I am not a doctor and this is not a replacement for medical care or advise. Please ask a real professional, or probably several. :) I hope to be able to help at least one person along the challenging road of brain surgery and recovery.

Friday, December 10, 2010


We got to see Elizabeth in the icu recovery room around 3:00. she was still very groggy from the anesthesia but aware of everything and able to talk a little… which is all good signs so far. She also had her sense of humor about her which was great to hear. She asked about Jack right away and said she loves him so much. Jack and his Mimi Michelle did great at the hotel while the surgery was happening... you’re the best Michelle.  My sister Rebecca and her husband Tom, who live here in Phoenix, arrived at the hospital this afternoon to see Elizabeth and help relieve Elizabeth's mom Michelle of her Mimi duties :) Thanks Rebecca and Tom! you were a huge help today. Elizabeth's Dad, step mom Marti, and brother Christopher are all here as well and are great support for Elizabeth and I!!!  Elizabeth was happy to see us but was very tired as could be imagined. We left her at around 3:45 to let her sleep. The nurse at this shift was really nice and was very caring. One of the doctors came in and said everything seems on course at this point. The next 24 to 48 hours will tell more. Hopefully we will continue good news from the surgery to this recovery time. It is still a crucial time to see that things will be ok with any deficits that could arise, but we are all hopeful we will continue on the right track!

Thanks everyone for everything!!! I'll update soon... John


  1. Sounds like every thing is right on par... great to hear Elizabeth and you have some much support during this dificult time. Wishing you three all the best.


  2. I am so glad to hear the great news! Your family will continue to be in my prayers.


  3. Thanks John, for your updates, they mean a lot for so many. Grandma T is elated! We know the climb back to good health for Elizabeth will present it's share of difficulties......she couldn't have a more loving spirt caring for her.
    Thanks John! Our love to the three of you.
    A Cathy & U Joe

  4. Thank God John,
    Please Kiss her and tell her how much I love her and can't wait to see her angel face.


  5. Such wonderful news, John!
    May Elizabeth continue to do great and rest, rest, rest!!! :)

  6. Every time I read your updates it makes me cry. It was only a month ago we were there at the Barrows and I am just so beyond happy that everything went well and will continue to pray for her recovery. Thank you for keeping us (AA friends) updated too. Lots of love for Elizabeth, you and her family.