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, April 25, 2014

2 1/2 Years

2 1/2 years today, since this whole stroke journey started, since I walked into a chiropractic office under my own power and left by gurney/ambulance! I recently saw a friend start her stroke-a-versary post with the statement, "Six years ago today, I should have died. Six years ago today, I lived!" I'm still trying to process, embrace this duel relatity of what "should" have happened (according to doctors) and what DID (by the will of God). It's coming along, but I'm not totally there yet.

This isn't going to be a terribly newsy post today, as I have offered a few fairly detailed posts about physically and emotionally where I am over the last few weeks and don't emotionally have it "in me" to go there again right now. I've been in a lot of pain this week, including new tooth pain on my less-stroked chewing side and the alkies tendon of the left foot I sprained a few weeks back. Last night was a pretty good night (thank you, Lord!) but before that there were lots of nightmares and sleep issues. We are still working with our daughter's school and doctors to handle her unique needs in double casts and a wheel chair. It was with her second break (this past Monday) that I really saw an incredible uptake in pain levels and downturn in sleep quality, so I know stress is playing a roll here. I'm trying to focus my heart today on things true, noble, pure, right, excellent, praiseworthy...

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From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. - Psalm 113:3