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...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Votes and Signatures Needed, Please!

I have been hesitant ask you for action on this video I shared a few days ago, only because I have already been pleading for signatures on a chiropractic accountability petition at https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-bill-proposal-mandatory-reporting-of-chiropractic-stroke-vad-cad and Do NOT want to distract from that effort. 

If you have already signed there, I would be so pleased if you would also go to my chiropractic stroke story at http://patients.aan.com/neurofilmfestival/index.cfm?event=vote%3Avideo.view&film=727 (rather than YouTube) and very quickly register to "vote" (register your email address, choose a password, then click on the green "vote" button under my video or next to the title "40 Months of Stroke Recovery") for my video, entered at the Neuro Film Festival

You may see an extensive list of video and, sadly, you may only vote once. I would be honored if you please look for "40 Months of Stroke Recovery" and select mine! Fan voting is only open through March 10 and at this writing I have 7 votes (thanks Mom and a few faithful friends!) v/s some people close to 200. I realize my story isn't slick and professionally illustrated, but I am pretty thrilled with what I managed to record given that I "should" be dead today!


Fan voting is open for just a few more days. They will select one winner based on best "film" while fan get a say in best "story". I would so appreciate your time, help and support in this 3-minute effort out of your day! Thank you!!! http://patients.aan.com/neurofilmfestival/index.cfm?event=vote%3Avideo.view&film=727
 

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