Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months 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. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. 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 equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Early Neurology Appointment

My regular Neurology appointment was moved up from next week to today, due to a scheduling need on their end. We talked about several issues and I go back in three months, but he would prescribe another couple medications for me over the phone if I need them and it is sooner than my next appointment (that is much-coveted and impossible to get in earlier).

We found out this weekend that my immediate short term memory is still pretty much fried. I tried to play a few card games and have no ability to even remember the most recent card played, much less any card from a few plays ago.

I still haven't heard anything about qualifying, or not, for the research study, so I will go to my next appointment is still set for tomorrow and I am still to come, as of today. I should know within a week or two of that if we will be moving forward or not.

I should find out more about my ear this Friday.

After months and months (5? closer to 6?) of waiting, my insurance has FINALLY approved me to see my counselor next week. I think she would have been of more help when I was trying to process the more immediate shock of this journey, but I pray she is helpful in learning to live with the continual crisis of this too.

Life keeps marching forward. I'm still waiting for some normality to formulate out of my schedule and life in general.


I was thinking this week that I am so thankful for both sets of our parents, Rick, and our friends, especially Kathy. Without them, we would not have survived this past year. Our life has changed dramatically, but so have theirs, especially my mom, who are here almost every day, drives me to countless appointments, folds my laundry, and helps me keep moving the kids forward in school.
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:20-21

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