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, April 19, 2013

After

Today I'm trying this challenge. "Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt “After” with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing." We shall see what happens. :)

Start time:

After... Life after strokes.

This morning my husband woke up too sick to drive himself to work or our son to school. I called my parents (pre-aranged that they would be our back-up drivers if ever needed) at 6am. They were here by 7 to pick up our son.

They will be back in about half an hour to take me to the dentist, because, stroke or no stroke, life moves on. This afternoon we go back to pick our oldest up from school.

I am so very frustrated by this not being able to drive thing!

Stop Time
 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5: 6-7

5 comments:

  1. I love the short and sweet simplicity that speaks so much volume. God bless you this day and rejoice in the small and simple today. Life doesn't stop going when you do. Rest in the blessings that others are able to give you.

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  2. Love your post! I'm so sorry about your struggles, but you have what it takes to pull through... faith that God has your back. God bless.

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  3. Jenni, it seems you have a real "keep at it!" positive attitude. May God bless your family today. I hope your husband is well soon!

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  4. Bless you dear, praying for you.

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