I don't know her. I've never heard of her or any of her websites; such as this one or this one.
But apparently Anissa Mayhew is an inspiration and blog-goddess to many, many bloggers out there. All day long, I have seen blogs written about her - the few people I follow on Twitter where all over the place about her.
She has, according to all reports, fought many battles in her life. But has done it with grace and a smile.
According to what I have read; she has suffered a massive stroke and, although things are looking better, still has a tough road ahead of her.
Like I said, I don't know her and had never heard of her before today; but of course my heart went out to her and her family immediately.
The utterly amazing (and heart-warming) thing is that so many people out there are praying for her, writing blogs about her, tweeting about her; even those who don't know her (such as me) - trying to spread the word, the prayers, the good thoughts/vibes, etc.
I've heard stories about how ugly the blogosphere can be; personally, I haven't experienced it (except for the whole splog thing). But the fact that people can make such an impact on others via the internet; well....it leaves me absolutely speechless (a first, I know).
It makes me think about all the friends I've made via the Internet. How I care for them; think about them almost daily and hope that whatever issues they are having get resolved. It made me think that these faceless (and in some cases nameless) people are my friends. Yes, I haven't met you; or talked to you face-to-face - but through the internet I've gotten to know you. Because, sometimes through writing we show our truest selves.
So, basically - I just wanted to let you all know that each of you has made a HUGE impact on my life; because I truly believe that you should tell people how you feel about them in the event of a catastrophic event. So I want you to know; in the event that one day you log on and you can't find me - you guys are awesome and I count each and every one of you as personal friends.
If you want to read more about Anissa Mayhew you can click here, here, here, or here.