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...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sick Yet Again

Yep. I'm sick. :( Wasn't it kind of my kids to share? No church tomorrow. Nor a birthday party we had really been looking forward to. Unless I improve a lot between now and then, I'll be calling my doctor on Monday morning. Such is life...
Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour tonight!
A book I have really been anticipating, coming in April, is called Love Idol. I just read a really great post (that I will go back and edit into my Lent post) about this book and a Me Fast that I just have to pass along!

Quote: Christianity isn't just about what happens when you die & go to heaven. Jesus changes how you live along the way for God's glory & your good. - Mark Driscoll

So this is a cross-over in audience, would normally be an article I might share only on one of my infertility - or bereavement - related blogs, but That's Just How Grief Is... does such a beautiful, poignant job of capturing the crazy, mixed up questions, thoughts and emotions of the grief journey, that (maybe because it draws so intimately on other prior experiences of my life), I found it very applicable to processing the emotions of stroke that so dramatically turns my prior expectations of life totally on ear! Shelly, remember our recent conversation about how remember how thing "used to be" makes accepting these new limitations so hard, and yet how we are thankful not to have forgotten many treasured people and things? Your comment really stuck with me, "I guess we can't keep one without the other!" That's what this article says to me.
A new (to me) stroke page that Kendra sent me, that I'll be exploring more, in hopes of adding to our resource page, is called Stronger After Stroke, by a guy named Pete. (Well, I though this page was new to me, but I see it already listed in our resources, so I must have already seen it before!) 

Speaking of Kendra, we have both long-lived in that "third row" of this scary rollercoaster. I think we are both closer to the second now. Can't wait to both get to the first row together and see what all-encompassing joy God has in store for us together! (Shelly, Denise, Ruth and so many more, this could be us too! :) )
I'm posting two reminders about "spring forward," because I keep forgetting and would have already forgotten that when I started reading this post, I planned to go reset my clock once I finished reading. So go! Right now! Before anything distracts or sidetracks you! :D
My times are in your hands... - Psalm 31:15a