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, March 19, 2014

Biding Time

My latest kick has been doing some "what if dreaming" and some literal planning coordinating outfits for our family (pictures? special event?). I'm putting really nice outfits together for the 5 of us, for under $100. It has been a fun challenge! (Have I mentioned I love to shop, especially bargain shop?) My color pallet has been mostly blues with some greens. And lots of butterflies, of course!

I'm working on more writing but my antibiotics (at least that's what I hope / think) continue to make me more and more dizzy each day, so I'm not doing much else at the moment. (Jumping and flute attempts, with all the air support needed, hallway crawling, pool exercise, pretty much any things that require balance, are not really even a possibility at the moment!) Tonight is my final dose of these meds, so I figure it will take a little time for symptoms to clear, but hopefully by Friday or the weekend the drug effects will diminish!

I just did a fun little IQ&A over at my InfertilityMom blog. :)

Last night was a rough night for the family, homework wise. Rick was at a meeting and I'm at about 2nd grade level, academically, so there at least half a dozen different times when I had a child in tears. We ended sending everyone to bed around 10 PM, two still without having finished today's assignments. For the most part, this charter school thing has really been the best option for our family this year, but days like these I feel my losses and deficits so very profoundly!

Quote: “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” Charles Spurgeon
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  1. How do you post those pictures with your post? Every time I try to post a picture with my post, I can't

    1. Maybe it just has to do with the "reply" function here??? In blogger, when I'm writing a blog, it offers me the option to just "add picture," then I click that picture from my hard drive to insert. I don't see that comments offer the same option???

    2. I just re-read your question. Sorry, I thought you were trying to add comments to your reply!
      Do I remember correctly that your blog is hosted by Blogger, Denise? If so, I'll walk you through the (fairly simple) process I use, via email. If your blog is hosted elsewhere, I have no idea! Let me know, please! :)

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