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, February 12, 2014


WEGO Health (scroll about half way down last Friday's post to read an explanation and watch my video) just sent me the personalized for this banner that they asked me to share with you:

I didn't update this blog yesterday, but I did share a few thoughts (and a question) over on InnerBeautyGirlz. I would love your input about under-eye changes I'm trying to reverse!
For a fun change up in brain training, I'm "competing" (Do you still call it that when you average in the "poor" category and your best efforts only ever earn you up to "average" so you have no chance of qualifying among the best?) in the (free and fun) Winter Brain Games over at BrainHQ and usually really enjoying myself, just am learning to stop as soon as I start feeling frustrated. I figured all my strokie friends would love to know about this limited time free therapy option, but the progam is designed for and open to anyone and helps build and sharpen the brain even for the most intellectual among us. :)
A funny thing, about half of all vocal chiropractors seem to argue that chiropractic strokes cannot happen at all. The other half seem to say ANYTHING can cause this, a pre-existing condition, head back in a beauty shop sink, conducting an orchestra, etc. and thus not their fault. (Which begs the question, if we are so fragile and prone to arterial dissection anyway, why put someone at intentional added risk, via manipulation?) But guess what, not to say the others never happen, but I Googled "beauty shop stroke" today and couldn't find ONE group of these people. If dissection was common from all these other things, wouldn't the people it was happening to be banding together, just like chiropractic survivors who are rather easy to find, when looking? Just saying...
Day 88 of 100
If you haven't had a chance to read it, please take a moment to read the Letter From Your Brain that I posted last week, great for both brain injury survivors and the people who love them!
Please keep praying for both of my recent brain surgery friends. S. caught on a nasty bug that is greatly hindering recovery. Her nurse says that, so far, all her symptoms are "normal" given this sickness so soon after her surgery, but it is still miserable and frustrating. J. had her surgery the same week and seemed to be recovering well, but then got a spinal fluid leak out of the head incision that led to a 911 call as symptoms grew more and more concerning, a life-flight trip out of state, a second surgery, daily antibiotic infusions, and now is reporting yet a new leak from her incision (infection rather than spinal fluid this time, but could still lead to a meningitis relapse).

Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. - Romans 3:27