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MamaPop Loves Anissa (Update 5)

Anissa Hey kids, can we break away from the conversation about John Gosselin's manboobs to talk about another set of boobs for a minute? I'm talking about Anissa Mayhew's boobs. Actually, I'm talking about the magnificent woman attached to those magnificent boobs. 

In truth, I love that woman, though the time I have spent in the same room with her amounts to less than 24 hours, and even less of that was with a sober mind. But anyone who has ever met Anissa knows that is enough time to fall in love with her. And right now she needs our prayers, positive thoughts, and love.

For those of you who don't know who I'm talking about, Anissa is one of our sisters in irreverence and snark. Anissa is the overlord of parenting blog Aiming Low and purveyor of her own personal blog, Free Anissa. She is also one of the nicest, funniest and most genuine people whose boobs I've ever had the privilege to fondle, and yesterday she suffered a stroke. Of this writing the only information we have about her status is that she is in intensive care.

*EDIT* According to Anissa's husband Peter, here is the latest news:

12:00 p.m. What we know is she had a massive stroke.

She bled into the brainstem and pons areas of the brain. She is no longer sedated but still unconcious and unresponsive. Vitals are mostly stable except for a lowgrade fever most likely due to the damage to the pons. The pons control the bodies ability to regulate temperature. She is still on a vent and it is unclear if she is capable of breathing on her own. She has had an mri/mra/ct today. An eeg is pending. We’re in a waiting game now for survival first, and ultimately for her to wake up.

1:37 p.m. There has been more bleeding into her left Thalamus, Bleeding into her spinal fluid and more swelling. Please keep praying.

4:47 p.m. Not much change. Second bleed was not good. I brought the kids up. She responded slightly, then a lot of movement 20 minutes after they left. She's fighting and has reached for me. Hard to say the reason, but she stops when contact is made. Feeding tube is in. 

5:32 p.m. Neurosurgeon just stopped in. We talked about the second bleed. I mentioned in the past 30 minutes her movement had picked up: - she was searching natalie's hand for a ring we think - she was moving her left leg and arm more deliberately - she was having some facial expressions So, the doctor rubbed her sternum and said her name loud. She tried to open her eyes! Did it again, and the eyes opened wider. She keeps trying to reach the tubes and such. Very encouraging! KEEP PRAYING PLEASE! 

On behalf of all the writers at MamaPop, all of whom share my love for Anissa, I would like to extend our collective support and ask that you keep Anissa and her family in your thoughts and wish her a full and speedy recovery. Aiming Low has a post up with details on how you may help Anissa and her family if you feel so inclined to do more than pray.  

UPDATE: Cards and packages may be sent to the following address: 860 Johnson Ferry Road 140-184, Atlanta, GA 30342

And for those of you who do know Anissa, either online or IRL, please try to think about how much she'd be kicking our asses right now for being somber and wringing our hands with worry or—god forbid—crying over her. With that in mind, please feel free to leave comments here about her amazing boobs (they really are quite spectacular), the disgusting science projects in her fridge, and her obsession with Ralph Macchio. She'll need the extra laughs when she gets home, and we'd be remiss if we let her down.


We love you Anissa, and send all our snark, sunshine and sparcklecorn kisses your way.

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Thank you for the link to donate.I dont know her but she has brought a smile to my face many a time with her snarkyness.I so hope all goes well and her rack is amazing lol!!! Prayers and hugs to her and her family

Angela at mommy bytes

She is the sparkliest and kicks butt in the boobs department for sure. You can see them in action in our Asian Invasion photo which is in my latest post...

Praying hard.

Fairly Odd Mother

Just saw her at Boston's Aiming Low party---she is hilarious, but even more than that, she is such a sweet, kind, friendly person. I know she'll kick my ass for shedding a tear, but I'm doing it anyway.


xoxoxo Anissa!



Anissa, now you HAVE to get better just so you can come kick my ass for that. I demand it.

(I freaking love that picture so much.)


God... this is all going to be okay. It has to be


ralph macchio tweeted (god i hate that word) about her last night. she's gonna go monkeyfighting crazy with joy!


oh my goodness, how terrible. All my good thoughts.

Sandi Kirk

Ok... Anissico Mahuba. I can not believe you would steal the thunder of my brain hanging out by topping me with a stroke? Stop it. You have achieved flipping tweets from our man Ralph, and everyone is all a "twitter" you broke blog severs. I am waiting for Oprah to fly down there. Woman one thing 4 sure, you can do it right ! PS Anissa you have been my friend for so long, I can't help but know that you know I love you babe.


Damn, Anissa, I'm pretty sure that you are the ONLY person who could get this agnostic to pray. That was your plan all along, wasn't it?

You got your way, now wake up and show us that rack!


I don't know her and I've never read her blog, but I've been sending all of my happiest and most healing thoughts her way. I wish Anissa a strong and speedy recovery.

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