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 just spoke to Dr. Spetzler and he gave us the good news !!!! It's out and it went extremely well he said. We were all elated and tears of joy came to us as we all hugged .... I gave Dr. Spetzler the biggest hug he has had in a while I'm sure :). They are still finishing up with Elizabeth.... she should be ready to see us in an hour or so.... I will update with more info soon ... feeling such a relief that this portion of this journey has gone well ... thanks to everyone for all their positive thoughts . Im so happy right now!!! talk to you soon, john


  1. So, so happy to hear all went well for Elizabeth!!! :)
    Thanx for your updates, John.
    Thinking of you guys,

  2. That's so great!!! What a relief! You all deserve to be happy and healthy - so happy for you guys :D

  3. So, so happy that all went well!! :)

  4. Great news!!! Now on to a speedy recovery!!! Very happy to hear that it was a success and Elizabeth can go on to live a long and happy life with both you and Jack.


  5. John so glad to hear the good news. Hopefully the worst is behind you all! Our prayers continue to be with you all!
    Hug, Mary (Langer) Hubbell

  6. Sorry a little late on this but GREAT NEWS!!!