Starting October 25 of 2011, "InfertilityMom," 39-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder of Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes, all due to vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office. The largest two strokes were brain stem and cerebellum bleeds. Jenni remained hospitalized until nearly Christmas and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care (please read more and watch short video). Jenni is now walking (with a cane or wheeled walker), has recovered much eye-sight, some hearing, partial use of her hands, cares for most of her own personal/toiletry needs, and is currently writing three books, maintains multiple blogs, and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Near the five-year recovery mark, Jenni has renewed her pre-stroke excitement about the unique Lilla Rose hair Flexi eight jewelry she sells and has finally regained enough hand/arm function to regularly use! (The biggest ongoing losses at the 4 1/2-year point of recovery are left-side nerve pain, inability to drive, loss of homeschool teaching capability, significant sound processing issues (often triggering nausea), and some profound physical ability limitations such as a limp, balance challenges, clumsy use of right hand and only large motor function in left hand.) Here is her resume.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equipts you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Jenni is clinging to God's grace through the entire experience. Here is her unfolding story, documented in her own words (typing with only her right hand), as she perceives it happening in real time, messy, honest and to the glory of God...

Monday, June 11, 2012

That's All?

I hear and read lots of people say things like, "Can you believe it is June already? Where did time go?"

Well, yes, I can believe it is June already. Or rather, I can't believe that it is only June. I know where all your time went. It seems to be piled up at my house, heavy on my hands.

This has been a terribly long year already. I type that it has been seven months since the start of the stokes and I have to double check my dates. Really? Only seven? It seems so much longer than that. A different life-time ago, in fact.

I now see my life divided three ways, pre-stroke, post-stroke, and Heaven. I know, in light of Eternity, both the pre-stoke and post-stroke seasons are only the blink of an eye, but right now it seems so terribly long!

My husband is trying to encourage me that Friday is coming and the kids will be home for good then. Friday seems a LONNNGGGGGGG way away. While I am beyond thrilled that they are coming home, I have to get through this week first. That seems more than daunting.

It has been a bad morning. I'm an emotional wreck. Rick is caught in my cross hairs again.

I used to say, "Time moves so differently this side of infertility," because the same amount of time that seemed endless, waiting for kids, seemed to flash by at lightning speed after kids. I hope, come November or December, you can here me asking, "Can you believe it is almost the start of a new year?" We'll see.

Maybe by then, I will at used be used to the fact that it is 2012 now, a date change that seemed to bypass me since it was still 2011 when I went into the hospital and time started to stand so still!
Psalm 9:9
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 37:39
The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

Psalm 59:16

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
 Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah
Proverbs 24:16
for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity. [I love this verse. All will fall at times. Trial isn't a sign of God's lack of favor, It is what happens next, God's power to redeem in brokenness, that makes a difference.]
Proverbs 25:19
Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 7:14
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one  as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.

Ecclesiastes 8:6

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man’s misery weighs heavily upon him.
Ecclesiastes 9:12
Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.
Matthew 26:42
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
  1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Psalm 31:15
My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.

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