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...

Friday, December 14, 2012

1 Year Home

I came home from the hospital a year ago today (I think, it might have been the 15th, but I really think it was the 14th). Looking back at all the changes and improvement this year, it is truly amazing. Thinking of where I was pre-stroke, where I would like to be again, I still have so very far to go! Kendra, praying for you as you mark 8 months tomorrow!

We are all sick again here. :( I'm so not a happy camper right now! Rick's bad enough he's stayed home from work, two days in a row. This almost never happens! I think the youngest two seem on the mend. The rest of us are pretty bad and I can really feel the bigger picture impact as I stumble around the house with poorer than normal balance or coordination. I'm praying everyone feels good for the kid's Christmas play at church (I had to watch from the hospital, via video last year, so I really want us all to be there in person this year!) and to enjoy time with out-of-town family for Christmas Eve and Christmas day!

Funny of the day (from Facebook). Made me laugh so hard because it totally captures what I feel!
I never quite understood verses like, 1 Peter 4:8, "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." I really appreciate the insight offered by this article, so I share it with you, but post it more so I can find again in the future.
If you are interested, Hannah's Hope is currently on reduced price on the NavPress website. I don't know for how long, but right now it is $8.99 rather than the $14.99 list price!

P.S. I have posted a few resources for coping with news of today's school shooting on my Harvesting Hope from Heartache blog. 
But God chose [The Amplified Bible says, "selected" (deliberately chose)] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:28-31

1 comment:

  1. Wow. A year! That is so long. I hope I am where you are at after a year. You have come so far! Congrats.