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...

Friday, November 8, 2013

Kidney Update

Yesterday's urologist said he will let me try to pass the kidney stone on my own for up to 6 weeks before he surgically intervenes (because it is one mm smaller than the standard for automatic surgery), as long as I remain without any of the list of complications that will mean to go directly to the emergency room. We aren't even quite at one full week yet.

The doctor and many others have shared the ominous "encouragement" that my "stone is large enough" that I will "definitely know it" when I finally ever pass it. (Today is hubby's birthday so I am PRAYING that nothing emergent happens today, as I was moving to the rehab hospital for his birthday 2 years ago and don't even have memories of last birthday, so would really not like to make more bad memories on this date or cause drama this year!)

Kendra, high protein/low carb is something that often contributes to stones. :( I doubt that, alone, was the culprit in my case, perhaps not even a contributing factor, as the stone is large enough he says I probably have carried it since before the strokes, but hours (day, weeks, months, years now) of primarily sitting in a recliner with my feet up probably threw my kidney at a different angle so much that the stone was now able to work up and out of the lowest lobe of the kidney and start causing issues. But as a precaution in the future, he says the diet isn't a good idea for the kidneys.

Oh and Kathy, the paperwork never made it to DMV so my driver's license, has in fact, now been revoked. :( Thanks for going to great lengths to try to help me resolve the situation. It is what it is.

in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? - Psalm 56:11
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. - Ephesians 6:12


  1. Will be praying that that kidney stones moves before 6 weeks! But NOT tonight! <3

  2. I am sorry that we were not able to make that happen. I would think of "indefinitely" as not now but much more likely when you actually decide you are ready. Happy Birthday to Rick! Kathy