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, November 20, 2013

Progress


This video was taken in early March, 2012, so about 4 1/2 months after my initial strokes and about 20 1/2 months ago. I post it today because people who are just now meeting me just simply don't comprehend where we have come from. The two things that strike me in watching this (other than walking) is how much my hair has grown and how very blind I was then and how much my eyesight has improved since that day!

One of my favorite comments, even back last March, came from Melanie Lowery Limoges who wrote, "WOW!!!!! Way to go, Jenni!!! I am so amazed to see this. When I saw the title, I expected a few hesitant steps, but look at you go!! Praising God for your incredible progress..." A few hesitant steps had been about all I had been managing once I even got on my feet at all. This was such amazing progress that soon! (Though it sure was discouragingly slow and didn't feel at all "soon" at the time!)

So I've spent HOURS trying to come up with a way for non-Facebook friends to view this video. So far this is the best I can come up with, and at least it is visible now, but the video doesn't seem to want to play! If you ARE on Facebook, make sure you are logged in and then click on the word "video" below (top navigation bar) to immediately view. If you are NOT on Facebook, please let me know if you figure out a way to see this and what you did. I'm still working on editing to make it easier. If anyone has suggestions, please share!!!



Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16
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    1. So you could actually get it to play for you, Kendra???

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    2. You have only had your brace for a very little while, so count that as your "start" of real walking efforts, my friend!

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