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

Writing, Typos and a Notebook

I talked yesterday about how I am generally satisfied with my overall recovery at this point. Today I want to focus on one specific area.

Found on Facebook - Love this!
I am so thankful that my love for, my ability, to write, has not died. I guess if it had died, I would not miss it, just as I am somewhat relieved that the responsibility of schooling at least two of our three children is off my shoulders this year, when home schooling was so much a part of my passion, my very identity, before the strokes. As for writing, since I didn't loose the desire for bleeding ink (I have to work harder to do it, but if anything it is more a necessity for my heart than ever), I am thankful that God continues to provide some skill.

I have re-read some of my earliest writing (a few months after the strokes, when I could see well enough to start trying to use a computer again) and I can see that I knew what I was talking about, but it often poured at as gibberish even I can't fully decipher today. Now I think my writing is generally pretty logical (At least to me, but then so was the other, at least at the time. I wonder what I'll think when I look back at it in a year or two?)

I still made a LOT of typos but I catch many of them before I hit "post" on my blog. Others I often do spot later, but unlike edits to my other blogs, I've made a policy for myself that whatever I don't catch before I publish to Stroke Of Grace, I leave alone once it goes live, sort of as a measuring stick to gage my own progress over time. If I can catch a typo before I post, I correct it. If I post before I notice it now stays.

My latest tool in my survival kit is a 70-sheet, spiral, wide-rule notebook. This has become my back up brain in recent weeks. I make lists, cross them off, and actually am managing to get some things accomplished because I remember that way! It all started with trying to organize my homeschool sale (overwhelming and highly taxing!) and attempt to keep that relatively straight in my mind. From there, the notebook has become an invaluable tool for to-do lists, book notes, phone calls, information gathered and so much more! I have known for a while now that if is important, I've GOT to write it down, but I usually wrote on notes and little scraps of paper that I might or might not find again later. With the notebook, my biggest challenges are attempting to decipher my own, still atrocious, hand writing, and remembering to actually refer back to what I've written there. My odds are significantly improved simply by keeping everything in one place. :)


  1. Funny...I find I can't write anymore. The words just don't come.

  2. I love to write too. I enjoy your writing.