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...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

100 Day Challenge

Day One of Re-Learning to Jump -
Thanks for the idea website, Mom.
I was inspired to try the 100 Day Project after watching Cynthia's story. her direct 100 day collection of videos here. Please let me know if you decide to join us (stroke therapy, play the piano, train for a race, or some other dream)! 
 Not a ton going on right now. Mostly just sitting around waiting for my kidney to do its thing...
In case I didn't tell you yet, my foot surgery (was scheduled for the 25th) is postponed indefinitely because I'm bleeding enough from my urinary tract to mess up pre-surgical blood work. So shoe options are even more limited right now and I'm not making it to the gym, but my kidney has decided to be a diva and tell my foot that it is more important right now.
In case you are interested, I recently shared my personal thoughts on head covering over on my InfertilityMom blog. I doubt many will agree, but a few might just want to read my views and reasoning even if you don't share these ideas.
Sometimes I just wish I could cope with memories this way! Gotta love PBA (I've gone from sobbing over EVERYTHING (NOT good either!) to now not being able to cry at all!) mixed with PTSD. When the memories come I think it would feel a bit better to have a few tears sneak out of my eyes now and then, if I could do so with reasonable levels of control like before the strokes. Two years is a LONG time to not be able to express normal emotions.

Quote - "All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before." - C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle - Beautiful description.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Eph 2:10 NLT 
I love this verse. Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, Bethany Hamilton, Kendra, me, you, we've all been touched by the evil of this fallen world, yet even though destruction isn't God's signature, still I am PLANNED by Him (this isn't a "second best" or just taking lemons and making lemonade out of the situation), as I am, and could not accomplish the good He has designed me to fulfill without these exact circumstances! Not God causing pain, but purposing it since before He even knit me together in my mother's womb! (To find out more about people and stories that inspire me, like those named above, please visit my Pinterest board, Inspiring Folks, and check out the stories in the last section of our (yours and mine) stroke resource page as these are even more stories (not the same as the pin board) to amaze you!)

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