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...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Then, Now and Maybe Tomorrow...

After reading this article on How to Imbed a Facebook Video, finding the HTML feature on Blogger and playing with the options on Facebook, I think I have semi-successfully edited an early walking video into my last post. For comparison, here's about where I still am now: around 16-months.

I've experience a fairly profound uptake in kidney stone symptoms since last night. I'm not sure what the evening will hold, possibly a trip to the ER. If I fall quiet for a few days, that's likely why.

I love the contrast of these two passages together, pointed out to me by a Facebook acquaintance this morning!

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Chris...t Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” -  1 Peter 5:8-11.


For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” - 2 Chron. 16:9
 Along the lines of this second verse, "Behold the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear (respect) him, upon them that hope in his mercy" - Ps 33:18

I'm not sure that I fully agree with this statement theologically, but I do love the point of this quote, that God won't force us in any direction, just implore us to use the free will He provides to make choices for him: "The Devil votes against you, God votes for you - you cast the deciding vote!"

Quote: "Dear Lord, help me to not dwell on what went wrong in my past, but to look forward to what You want me to do right in my present and my future. Choose me. Send me. Use me." - Girlfriends In God on

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. - Psalm 33:11

Day 5 of 100

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