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 12, 2013


Here are my reflections on Christmas (from my InfertilityMom blog), exactly one year ago. Not much has changed other than to cringe over some typos and to feel these same emotions on a much more profound and deep level.

Tuesday, my goal was just a shower and go to counseling...but we did pick up a quick lunch on the way and did stop by one store for a very brief stop on the way home, and I sat on the floor and directed the placement of a few more Christmas items so the living room isn't such a trip hazard now! My body let me know that was much too ambitious for a first day semi out of bed. So Wednesday was a fully down in bed day again.
My mom and I had been planning to do some shopping and errands today and/or next week. Even though I'm only on half of my blood thinner dose, I'm still bleeding a lot, like about the amount that sent me to the Emergency Room before Thanksgiving. I guess running around much isn't a good idea until this settles. :( I really wanted/expected to be pretty much back to normal by now. Quite simply, this stinks! I'm so glad not to be in the amount of pain the stone itself caused, but I really want to be done with all of this!!!
I'm now fighting against loss of bladder control. I really hope this is an effect of the stent and all the weirdness of sensation post stroke. I guess I will find out after next Thursday when the stent comes out! Until then, I guess I either invest in Depends or stay close to home for another week! 
While I don't have spinal cord injury (and don't pretend to know all these challenges faced there!), I got a good giggle out of some of these Top 10 Things Not To Say To Someone In A Wheelchair. I especially loved #4, the broken leg one, and chuckled at #10 about insurance (sounded like a Gicko commercial. :) Sometimes you just gotta' laugh!

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts that your thoughts.”

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