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, July 6, 2013

Joy Is...

From Facebook.

Today's post is simply a collection of assorted thoughts, not necessarily even all stroke-related, just what's on my mind.
Pintrest :)

Speaking of what's on my mind, I have to share this hilarious video with you, called "It's Not About the Nail." Rick and I have laughed so hard over this:

I'm looking for reasons to be joyful. As Kendra put it the other day, "I've been just surviving for so long, that now I finally feel like I'm starting to experience living again." Once survival gets more manageable there is more time to think and actually start to process all the changes. It can be rather overwhelming, so I need to intentionally look for laughter and joy.

Along with joy, you know that I have been on a long quest to live out my purpose. I believe a big part of that is helping other through this journey, if nothing else just to tell my story so that others know they are not alone. To that end, I have worked hard to add several new (at least newer to me) resources on my stroke support page over the last couple of days. If you haven't visited for a while, please go explore again! 
While you are exploring blogs, I also just listed a ton of homeschool curriculum on my InfertilityMom blog tonight. Even if you aren't in the market for school material, can you think of anyone who might be interested and you could pass the link along to, please!

P.S. Kendra we have wild fire "clouds" here too, but not on the same scale you have there..

Quotes: "Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right, and the determined choice to praise God in all things." and "God longs for us to gaze at him in trust with a steady, fixed look and only glance briefly at our problems." Both are from the book Choose Joy by Kay Warren.


He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.- Job 8:21
Another funny from Facebook.