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November 25, 2020

Hello, everyone!  I have been home for a little over a month now, and we are settling back into somewhat of a normal routine.  I am attending outpatient therapy twice a week, and my in-house therapists (Chloë, Chi, Chroi, and Chorin...😆 ) are working me out daily too.  The strength and coordination on my left side are definitely MUCH better than when I was released.  My therapists are VERY thrilled with my progress so far, and they are optimistic for a full recovery.

Since being discharged, I have struggled with writing this message.  I don't even know where to begin, but I think that this week is the perfect time to send this message.  Having said that, "Thank you" seems so shallow and empty and insufficient in this instance.  The way in which you enveloped my family and me during this time is awe-inspiring and leaves me speechless!  It allowed me to focus on just getting better.  You truly 
exemplified the true meaning of community, and you let us know that we are not alone, especially during this season.  The cards, text messages, calls, visits, food, donations, gifts for the kids, and DEFINITELY the prayers will FOREVER be remembered.  Although we can NEVER repay you for the generosity and love that you have shown us, please know that you all...EVERY one of you -- family near and far (my mother, Willamae Johnson, who came from The Bahamas, my mother-in-law and my father-in-law, Ronnie and Yvonne Hester, who were on the road driving here from Raleigh, NC, almost immediately after my stroke, and all of those who wanted to come, but could not right now), friends and neighbors (my Sugar Hill Council of Dads crew and their families, The Padillas, The Riveras, The Godfreys, and too many more to name), our White Oak PTA and family, our Lanier Education Foundation (LEF) family, our Lanier Athletic Association (LAA) family, our New Mercies Christian Church family, our Sugar Hill Church family (Pastor Chuck and the entire leadership team, The Menesses and the Tuesday morning child care crew), and the doctors, nurses, staff, and therapists of Northside Forsyth Hospital and Northeast Georgia Inpatient Rehab Center -- will ALWAYS be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.  We look forward to opportunities to serve you and others, as you have served us.

Finally, to my beautiful wife and kids, who demonstrated so much courage during an incredibly difficult time.  Thank you for keeping our family going while I was away.  I missed you SO much, and I am SO happy to be home with you now!  I love you!




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October 13, 2020

GREAT NEWS... Chris's discharge date is scheduled for tomorrow the 15th.  His team of doctors, and therapist are comfortable with the progress he has made at the in patient facility, and feel that he is ready for the next step. The plan is to follow up with a neurologist so they can continue to monitor the blood clot, his blood pressure levels, and his kidney functions . He will also work with an occupational, and physical  therapist to continue strengthening his left side mobility at an out-patient facility. 

Thank you for all of your prayers,  support, and love. 

A special thank you to the Padilla family for providing  therapy equipment.  &Thank you to the following families for blessing us with a monetary gift:  Rivera, Godfrey, Graves, Anthone, Donnie Mae, Annie, Myrtle, Dorie and Brenda. Thank you again for your overwhelming generosity!

We are forever grateful! 


October 9, 2020

Thank you all for your prayers and support. Chris continues to show improvement in physical and occupational therapy daily with regaining strength, and mobility on his left side. I have been able to visit with him most days, thank you to the Smith and Moore family for caring for our kids.  He remains positive, and in good spirits. 

As of now, Chris will continue in-person rehabilitation. His team of therapist are planning to meet next week to evaluate his progress, and discuss a discharge date. 

His blood pressure has remained consistent, but they are still trying to find the right combination of medicine that does not have a negative impact on his kidney functions. Also, the blood clot still remains on his left leg, but thank you to God that it has not increased in size, or moved. They will continue the treatment plan of administering blood thinners,  and the use of a compression sleeve. 

Thank you again for your continued prayers!

A special thank you to the Zapata, Desai and Thompson family for blessing us with notes to the kids, and gift cards. Thank you to the Padilla and Menesses family for providing meals, bringing treats for the kids,  and a special care package for Chris.  

We are forever grateful!


October 4, 2020

"Casting all your cares upon him because he careth for you". 

1Peter 5:7

Chris has spent the last five days working extremely hard with an intensive occupational and physical therapy schedule. He continues to show improvement everyday, so thank you for your prayers! His team of therapist are suggesting a minumun of 3 weeks of in-facility rehabilitation and will reevaluate the possibility of discharge after that time. Unfortunately a blood clot was developed in his left leg .  The treatment plan was to administer an oral blood thinner and to apply a compression sleeve to his lower extremities. They will recheck the status of the clot on the 7th. We will keep you posted and we are thanking God for his progress thus far. 

A special thank you to the Smith and Moore family  for caring  for our kids while I visit Chris. To Joe Wells, Rhonda McMahan  and Laura Menesses for bringing treats for our kids, and gift cards. To Melissa Thompson for delivering our favorite meal, To the McClure and Mazola families for blessing us with a monetary gift and a garden mum.  & to my White Oak Elementary "Owl" families for the "multitude" of gift cards: Keen, Cancel, Coates, Ray, Azurmendi, Chiquita, Pickett, Bassel, Hulsey, Hawkins, Wood, Newkirk, Hooks, Beaucout, Shea, Neal, Aratari, Polstra and Atkinson families.

Again we are SO grateful for your prayers, and appreciate your generosity!


October 1, 2020

Isaiah 40:31 - "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint".

As you know, Chris was transferred to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville on Tuesday September 29th. His journey will include 3 to 4 hours daily of intense occupational and physical therapy. His discharge date will depend on the strength and mobility of his left side, but they are recommending a minimum of 2 weeks. We are praying and believe wholeheartedly  that God will give him the strength needed to endure those sessions. This facility allows for the same visitor once daily for one hour. So I was able to visit with him for the first time since the 18th, which was SUCH a blessing for both of us! Again words don't express how thankful and blessed we are for this community of friends and families that are praying with us and supporting us. 

A special thank you to the Ferderer family for blessing us with a utility gift card, the Potter family for providing meals and to Dorianne Smith and Nikole Moore for watching  our kids at the last minute so I could visit Chris. 


September 29, 2020 - Move to Rehabilitation Hospital

"And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; ..." James 5:15.

We Chris' family rejoice and praise God today that the Lord has raised up Chris so that he could be released from the  critical care hospital to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. We know that the journey is far from over, but the same God who has brought him thus far is with him on this path as well.

We are so appreciative for all the prayers and support that you have provided. Nayo and the children continue to express their gratitude for your assistance and we the family in The Bahamas are also grateful.  We ask that you continue to pray for Chris' safety and healing and for strength and peace for Nayo and the entire family.  May God bless you all abundantly!

Love ..... Willamae - Chris' mom


September 27, 2020

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up". Ecclesiastes 4:9

Chris and I are SO thankful for the community of family and friends who have lifted us up during this storm. As of today, Chris has not had any spikes in his blood pressure. Stabilizing his pressure is the criteria for transferring  him to the rehabilitation center. The goal will be to transfer to the center on Monday or Tuesday if his blood pressure continues to be stable. 

We are so grateful for all the prayers and the people who have reached out to support us. A special thank you to the Gaines and Hicks families for bringing us dinner,  and treats for the kids. Thank you to Alex Rivera and MaShun Smith for arranging lawn care.  & also to the Staff & Teachers of Sugar Hill Church Preschool for the devotional book with a "MULTITUDE" of gift cards and a beautiful garden mum. 

Your compassion and generosity has touched my heart deeply! 


September 24, 2020

Thank you all for your prayers. As of today, Chris started occupational and physical therapy and they are working on his left side mobility. Today he was able to stand for the first time and take a few steps with assistance. They are monitoring his blood pressure and kidney functions to make sure they stay within normal limits with no spikes. If his pressure remains stable, he will be able to be discharged from the hospital and transferred to the inpatient rehabilitation facility. 
Again thank you for your thoughts and prayers. A special thanks to the Hurst and Glymph family for the tribute & the Bui and Hicks family for blessing us with groceries. We are TRULY blessed to have a community of people that are reaching out to support our family. We appreciate and love you!