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...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Good Fruit

Whew! Today is my only full day home with no appointments and nowhere to be all month (other than a couple unscheduled Saturdays). The wind is rattling and has me a bit on edge (the high winds and drop in temperature absolutely do not feel like the first day of spring) so that the day feels unusually long, but it has been great to be with my kids all day. It seems they will all be going to the charter school next year, so I especially treasure days like this now! Here are some recent thoughts about the whole stroke scenario and their education.



If you could please pray for my daughter's best friend's mom, K, she is in the hospital with viral meningitis. Tomorrow is B's (daughter's best friend) 10th birthday. It is a scary and upsetting time for all involved. Thank you for your prayers!

Yesterday I started the morning with another ocular migraine before I could even get dressed or make it out of the bedroom. All day I just felt several steps (months) back-stepped in recovery, having significantly harder issues swallowing food, choking on rice, being off balance, staggering and having little stamina. It was dramatic enough that I even questioned if I had possibly had yet another stroke, though there would be nothing to attribute it to if I had. But today everything seems back to my normal again (Kendra, except for acne, which has suddenly come on with an unexpected vengeance again this week), so I guess it was just an off day yesterday and nothing more. Who knows?

I am on a special diet this week (for blood testing early next week) that is low sodium, no processed or canned foods of any kind, and no dairy. It is making for some interesting eating and meal planning. Fortunately it isn't officially low carb too, but it is kind of turning out that way by default. If I don;t loose any weight this week (that isn't the point of the diet restrictions, just would be the expected result), I think I am going to cry!

Happy first day of spring! :)

Colossians 1:9-11 "So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy"

1 comment:

  1. Goodness. Send me an email if you want any meal ideas. I'd be happy to help.

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