ENCOURAGING UPDATE from Joanne’s sister, Kristen (7:00pm): Joanne is resting quietly… she has all her favorite music playing on iTunes… Kirk Franklin anyone?? Cards, pictures, and notes are around her. She is moving her right side again and is snuggled under Grandma’s quilt.
UPDATE (2:05pm): From Toben: Out of surgery. Lots of brain trauma including to her brain stem. Please pray that she wakes up. Typing through tears. God, increase my faith! Believing you for Joanne’s complete healing!
Latest update from Toben (12:45pm): Read his post here. Please keep praying, friends!
UPDATE from Joanne’s sister 11:00am: Friends, just got a call from the hospital…Joanne was not doing well in the night…they did a cat scan and she has considerable swelling on her brain and is going into surgery within the hour to have part of her skull removed to give her brain some room to allow for the swelling. Obviously I am numb. Please pray.
My heart stopped tonight when I found out that my sweet online-turned-real-life friend, Joanne, had suffered a stroke earlier today, and that doctors were working on a blood clot on her brain. I don’t know all the details–just that her 9-year-old daughter, Emma, found her lying on the basement floor, shaking violently beside the running treadmill. (I can hardly stand to think about that.)
Just after midnight, her husband Toben posted an update on her blog. There is a possibility of hemorrhaging and swelling (which are both very bad scenarios), and the next 72 hours are critical.
I got down on my face when I first heard, still in shock, and asked God to please heal my friend. And when I thought of sweet Audrey and Emma and how scared they must be, I just lost it. Oh, God, please heal Joanne. Heal her brain and her speech and restore everything she might have lost. Love on Toben and hold those precious little girls tonight. Give them a peace that far surpasses all human understanding. I can’t even imagine. My heart hurts so bad.
Joanne and I met online almost 4 years ago through a mutual friend, then we stayed in the Heims’ home (they lived in AZ at the time) in July 2009 on the last leg of our Zoo Trip. Our girls had the most wonderful time together.
Joanne has been such an encouragement and blessing to me over these past four years. Just last week she sent me a beautiful giraffe-print over-the-shoulder bag that she made me as a birthday/Christmas gift. She is such a kind, thoughtful, creative and talented person. I sent her Scrabble magnets as a thank-you that spelled L-O-V-E, her word for the year. I wonder if she got them.
This is Joanne and her girlies leading mine in a prayer (w/motions) before dinner.
I don’t have any more words right now, just feeling a huge weight of sadness for my friend and her family. Please join me in praying for Joanne. I know God can heal her. Please heal her, sweet Jesus.
(As we were leaving their house, we realized we hadn’t taken a picture of the two of us, so we took one on Gabe’s phone.)