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, December 19, 2013

Rejected Script

Friend are telling me that if my life were a movie script or book draft, it would be rejected for being too unbelievably sensational. Can I just decide I don't believe all this drama and don't want to live it anymore, please??? Two friends have suggested, within the past 12 hours, that now would be a good time for the Rapture and I think they may be on to something there!

Yesterday was Mom's birthday. She spent the afternoon with me and was doing great as we prepared for a small, family party that evening. About 4:30 she sat upright with a sharp stab of pain in her back. Within moments she was throwing up. :( 8mm kidney stone causing trouble (my recent one was 5mm) and two more 3mm ones hanging out in each kidney, just waiting their turns to cause pain. She is currently home, on pain medication and anti-nausea, fairly comfortable, and awaiting a call from her doctor to figure out schedules and surgery.

In the meantime my post-op and stent removal was canceled this morning (due to my doctor's murder on Tuesday) and, after many hours of many phone calls, I'm having another x-ray this afternoon and seeing a substitute doctor tomorrow. They aren't please with how my own recovery seems to be failing to progress. Hopefully tomorrow will bring answers and help. Kathy, thank you for all your flexibility and transportation as I remain without a driver's license and my parents are rather incapacitated!

I don't really know what else to say. This week has been a wild one, yet seems to be pretty par for our lives.

In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. - Psalm 94:19

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