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...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Good News, Bad News

We finally were told Mom's MRI results this afternoon:

Fantastic, stunning (fooled multiple doctors including two different neurologists) news: The MRI was CLEAR with NO SIGN of stroke!

Horrid, puzzling, frustrating news: We are left with dire, stroke-like symptoms and no clear answers. And so the medical puzzle-solving begins. I asked mom if she was just trying to show me up, as if having a regular stroke just wasn't good enough for her? She kind of giggled a bit, but also gave me a really confused look. Don't think she either grasped or appreciated my humor.

I had several specific things I wanted to tell you about today, but am so tired I can hardly see straight. Two full days at the hospital with a sleepless night in between have caugh up with me. Headed to bed. Sorry for the too-short update!

Brief Tuesday morning update: The current thoughts are that it was a TAI, some weird seizure disorder (given her age, how they can manifest, and the sporadic nature of symptoms), or even the possibility of a strange migraine manifestation has been suggested. Within a matter of minutes of posting that Mom's MRI was clear and they were saying no stroke, I heard FIVE different stories of similar strokes that were not found until a second MRI several days after the event, so I'm still not ruling out this possibility either!  The simple truth is that we do not know what is going on right now! There are many more questions than answers. I rest in the realization that while we don't, God does! Please join us for praying for wisdom and clarity for our doctors, along with continued healing for mom and peace for all of our family. [Tuesday morning Detailed Update.]

More information Friday Afternoon. Brain injury from hit to the head?


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