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, August 3, 2013

Emptied To Become Full

I nearly made it up to "Sitting Rock" today. It's a steep climb (maybe 180 feet, 50 foot elevation increase, the experts in our family tell me) over rough ground, slippery pine needles, sink holes, rock and sticks.  The terrain got too difficult for me to figure out, even with two two hiking poles I had been digging into the soil with each step with, about twenty feet from the big rock, but I managed the rest up until that point. I was huffing and puffing and sweating like crazy and working as hard as any therapy I've tried, and totally dependent on those sticks (though I often just drug the left one because of my arm, but gripped and digging in with the right like an utter life line- I absolutely could NOT have managed without them!). Still, staying on my feet, both up and down again, without even my husband's arm, is something I couldn't even have dreamed of at the start of this summer! Maybe by next summer I'll make it all the way!

Quote: "A tried Christian grows rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying, and he becomes full by being emptied." -C. H. Spurgeon (via my friend Lisa Copen of Rest Ministries)