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, November 21, 2014

Simple! Right?

I went to the gym this morning. You will find that I use "gym," "pool," water exercise," and "therapy" interchangeably. This is because I do medically ordered therapy at the gym, in the pool, in the form of a water aerobics  class (and sometimes straight swimming). When I was discharged from formal physical therapist monitored therapy sessions, it was on the solum promise that I would continue training in a traditional gym setting 2-3x per week, for the foreseeable future.

I have gone seasons, sometimes months at a time, when I was either ill, recovering from surgery or injury, or could not get rides (often due to my drivers being unavailable for these reasons or out of town), but for the most part I have been true to my oath and have been faithfully attending water exercise classes for over two years now (I haven't been discharged from formal therapy for nearly that long, but when I was, we really stepped up the intensity and consistency of standard gym visits.

Since my mom's incident early last month, I have only made it to the gym one per week, but my friend who has given me these weekly rides just thought up a solution to remedy this and get me there a second time each week after Thanksgiving! :) I also may be trying out the gym where my mom now has her membership (her insurance pays the dues there, but no longer at my gym)

AAARRRGGG, Blogger ate 2/3 of my post. I don't think I'll get a chance to write again for a few days, but I'll post what I have so far, along with key words weight, zumba, discouragement, van cleaning, balance, tires, little things and thankful, so hopefully I can come back and give you part 2 of this post!

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