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, January 29, 2014

Getting Glamed

I'm feeling much better today. Still low on energy, and a touch of a sore throat hanging around, but my tummy is MUCH happier! I took a shower, did my makeup to hide my worst zits, applied the Jamberry Nail Wraps I ordered from Kendra's party, sorted and started laundry (if I'm past the sore throat by morning, one of my big goals for tomorrow will be folding, Kathy), figured out tonight's and tomorrow night's dinner (hadn't made them, but both pretty easy and last minute kind of things, the planning is the biggest challenge for me), and practiced both jumping and the flute! I haven't gotten the dishwasher unloaded from yesterday yet, but kids will be home from school to give me back up, any minute now. (The door opened just after I typed that!)

I would think it would likely take less than twenty minutes for people who have two fully working hands. :)

My mom has found a few grey hairs at the back of my head when she brushes my hair. Monday I found the first one near my face. It was silvery and shiny , down the whole length of that hair, so I think it literally changed over night in order for me never to notice before!

jump Day 74 of 100
flute, day 9 0f 100
2 Corinthians 4:16

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.


  1. Oh...the hair. Mine started turning when I was 17! I'm quite streaked now. Interresting fact: after my strokes, I had no grey hair for 6 months!

  2. Nails look great and wow that you did them yourself.

    A teacher friend of mine told me that a little boy in her school said to his teacher "your sparkly bits are back in your hair!" I have sparkly bits too!