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...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Please Help

Mom's kidney surgery went smoothly (thank you for praying) and her recovery seems to be starting out pretty well, rougher than last time (several years ago) but a bit easier thane mine (last month). She is on light activity instructions for a couple weeks, then heads out of state for a pre-planned trip for a few weeks, so we won't be making it back to the gym at least until mid February. We first took a break in late October or early November when I was going to be having foot surgery it late November, then I ended up having kidney stone surgery instead (about a 6 week process to even get to the surgery), then as I was finally coming off my restrictions, Mom started her kidney stone adventure! What a crazy few months. Waiting to see what the foot (that is doing pretty well at the moment) decides to do once I get back to the gym!
I need your help, endorsing my nomination!

I am humbled and honored (OK, and giddy too) to share that I have been nominated for the Rookie of the Year as a Wego Health Activist. This nomination is an amazing honor, a pretty big deal in the health world, actually, so your endorsement of the nomination (think "website vote") would really mean a lot to me as these endorsements will weigh heavily into final award selection. To lend your support, just click the link, use your down arrow (not sure why they don't have a scroll bar!), click on the purple box on the right hand side, under my picture. Thank you so much! (And please, feel free to share this request with your friends. )

Day 55 of 100
Quote: We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. - Chuck Swindoll
Quote: God isn't expecting us to produce greatness, but He is expecting us to expect Him to do something great through us. - @LouieGiglio (I'm not sure who that is, but like the words.)
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor... - 1 Samuel 2:8a


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