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, October 24, 2014

Explaining

It's not my "birthday" here in the Pacific timezone for 4 more hours yet, but since I am already receiving a few sweet wishes, I thought I should go ahead and explain. Tomorrow is actually my "re-birthday," the day I "should" have died three years ago. The day God demonstrated He had better plans. The day my life started over from square one and I began the journey of re-learning to breath on my own, swallow, eat, see, hear, think logically, potty train, speak understandably, eventually walk, crawl, jump, run...
New butterfly cane I bought myself for my party. Sorry the picture is so dark!
I don't post my real birth date online for security reasons, but this irritated a few friends that I wouldn't list anything in the Facebook field, and so I recently decided that my re-birthday was more significant to me anyway, so it was a better date to publicly list.

To my sweet friends who are sending special wishes right now, my heartfelt thanks in both celebrating me through this significant milestone in my life and in letting me tuck your birthday thoughts away in my heart for that actual day. 

From my hubby. <3




 

2 comments:

  1. I get to share my "Rebirth day" with tax day....yours is much more fun to celebrate

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  2. So glad you are part of the world, love you.

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