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

time for good thoughts!

Arrived at the hospital at 7 am. sort of surreal going through these motions... trying to be upbeat and positive :) the pre op went fine. the doctors and nurses here are really nice and professional. the facility here at barrows nuro St. Jo's is really really nice . She went in for surgery at about 9:30.... I can't even describe the feeling when her and I parted. Words can't describe it... I got word from the op nurse that the surgery started at 10 am. there will be no updates from the doctor's until the end of surgery. so now the hard part ... waiting. The surgery should be done at around 2:00. I will update as soon as I know. Thanks to everyone for your positive energy! talk to you soon.... John


  1. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way!! Stay strong John :)

  2. Sending lots of love!

    Aunt Renee

  3. Today is the first day of the rest of your lives.
    Praise god from whom all blessings flow.
    John, we will continue to pray for Elizabeth's recovery.
    Love you, A Cathy & U Joe