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, 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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