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...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mom's Home!

Yesterday, Mom posted:
I came home today. Four days in the hospital and a week in rehab. I'm very tired, but happy to be home. I graduated fro wheelchair to walker yesterday had a review from doctors and therapists, Passed cognitive and balance test and was sent home this afternoon. I am so thankful we figured out what triggered the seizure activity. and it is controlled! I cracked my skull about two weeks ago, slamming the door on our dodge van before I got myself totally inside. When the immovable force met that door something rocketed around. Any way I see my PCP tomorrow and my neurologist within a couple of weeks. Waiting for them to call me. One of my great pleasures of life is curtailed for awhile, (driving) But my God is sufficient.
Mom, Kathy, Kendra, Susan
I saw here briefly this afternoon. She had been out to the doctor. She looks great, but is weak and tires very easily. After this one brief outing, her color was dark, face pale, eyes puffy and she fell asleep during the brief (10 minutes) car ride from the doctor's office to home, so was headed for a nap! Going to take a while to really get her feet back under her, I'm sure!

I went to Bible study without Mom for the first time. We have another member of our very small group in a rehab hospital over in California right now! I came home and took a nap too. I think I'm still playing catch up from our hectic past couple of weeks too. I've only made it out of bed early enough to help get the kids out the door to school once all week.

I got a bit of vacuuming done this afternoon. I'm still not super steady on my feet and still can't do much more than one room at a time, but I was thinking back just to the first part of this year and how I simply did not have the balance to walk and push a machine like this AT ALL, and how today I can remember those emotions so vividly, yet cannot recreate a clear memory of the physical sensation of that particular limitation. Wow! Just wow!