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, August 21, 2013

Computer Down

My computer has been struggling for a while and finally decided it was done for good this weekend. I am on my tablet and after much juggling between my email account, cell phone and Google, am able to get into my blog and hopefully post this quick update. Rick bought me a new computer last night and hopes to set it up this weekend. Unless something big happens this week, this will be the only update that I will go to the struggle tto send.

Prayer requests:

My left hip has been really aggry for nearly two weeks now. Stiff and sore and not wanting to work. It does seem to be improving (yesterday was the first moring I didn't wake up due to pain there), but is still not behaving too well.

My left shoulder is extra grumpy today. It hurts to even breathe. Lots of different kinds of movements cause a sharp gasp of pain and I generally have a pretty high pain threshhold. I think I slept on it wrong last night.

I will be leading two, one-hour workshops on Saturday. This is my first public speaking since the strokes. I am nervous and excited.

My friend K is expecting and has a history of miscariages. She is really sick and we are thinkimg this os hormonally good news, but pretty miserable! We are praying for the baby's life, but also for strength for K for this season.

Our son's home room teacher from last year had a brain stem stroke on the second day of this school year. I am trying to find out more details and hope to visit her soon, but the news really shook me up! It wasn't good any time, but for our son's sake, I am so glad this didn't happen last year!

My book, that I have been thinking was "almost" done for months now, I kept finding sections that were not finished. I sat down and checked it, section by section, last week, only to discover I,ve only written about HALF of the book!  I was so sure I was so close to finished. I must have dreamed a lot of sections done that never were! This is as discouraging as if I had written them and lost them in a computer crash or something like that. I would be blessed by your prayer for wisdom, speed, perserverance and grace in getting this book actually finished and published!



Praise:

God is doing big things in our marriage.

The kids and I all seem to be adjusting well to the new schooling lifestyle.

Rick's dad thinks he can help fix our van without much expemse.

I am getting a new computer.


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  1. If she is ever ready...please share my email address with your sons teacher.

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