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...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Striving for Visibility

Last weekend I posted about being discouraged over being misunderstood. Today I rediscovered a video I had posted on my InfertilityMom blog a few years back. It is SO good, I was in tears again watching it today. I knew I had to share it with you. So fitting after last weekend's post!

 
Speaking of my other blogs, part of my quest to get back to a "new normal," is to revitalize my writing skills to meet challenges, other's themes and deadlines, once again. This month, I am trying to participate in a 30 posts in 30 days challenge called the National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM 2012) or #NHBPM. It may not turn out to be great writing, but I think it will be a good challenge to be writing "on assignment" once again. :) I'm trying to exercise that brain, along with my body! If you decide to join me, I would love the encouragement of having you post an occasional comment!

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  1. How about every other day. I just don't think I have that much to say.

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    1. K, you have plenty to say (and I want to read), you just need to take the time to find your voice again! You are welcome to post (or not) as often as you want, but even every other day is more than a lofty goal for not even 7 months out!

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  2. I wanted to say thank you for posting that video. Even through your struggles, you are still ministering to those around you.

    Both you & the Queen are precious women with more to offer others than this world may believe.

    I continue to pray for both of you.

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  3. Hi Jenni,

    Although you don't know me, I used to work with your husband, Rick. I wanted you to know, if you need "Jenni and Rick" time, we have a 14yr old girl and a 10yr old boy that we have on some weekends. Perhaps we can coordinate weekends so that you and Rick can have time together.

    Thank you for your blogs- it's a pleasure to meet you!

    Many blessings,
    Audrey

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