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.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Paying the Price

I talked about swimming yesterday. I am paying the price this morning. My shoulder is tender, but not as bad as I thought it might be (it was pretty painful in the night, but seems to have calmed down a bit now that I am out of bed). My neck, on the left side, is so tight it hurts all the time, especially when I try to turn it. My jaw is pretty flared up to. How does one hurt a jaw/face by swimming? My hand aches from clenching itself so hard all night. I really should have worn my brace that forces it straight, last night!

I started water therapy just before 10 months of recovery, a third of my rehab ago. It's so encouraging to see this kind of fruit out of the slow efforts! Again, this is far from expected medical progress, all grace! (Again, thank you, Misty, for encouraging me not to settle into my limitations. Sorry about the typo with your name yesterday. I do know you are a Misty, not Missy! ;) I must admit that I got a little mad when you told me you couldn't accept the word "can't" from me, but wanting to prove myself to you pushed me into even surprising myself!)

Any way, hurting as I may be, there is little I crave more than getting back in the water as soon as possible. (That's not scheduled for another week, but maybe I can bug folks enough to take me sooner. This is when I really miss the ability to drive!)

1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

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