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, May 21, 2015

Sacred Vows


The past 3 1/2 years have been TOUGH at our house, plain and simple! Rick and I are headed to a marriage retreat specifically for couples who have been impacted by a life-altering health complication in the immediate family (either child or one of the spouses - we qualify on both counts!) through Joni and Friends​. I'm nervous and ever-so-excited.


Our marriage nearly crumbled 3 years ago, and God has revived it and held us together, but there is still much room for continued growth and healing. If God puts our family in your prayers this weekend, please pray for His strength and grace as we intentionally focus on allowing Him to work in us.


The theme of the weekend is, "With Man It Is Impossible. With God ALL Things Are Possible."


 

3 comments:

  1. Oh Dear Friend....prayers for a wonder filled retreat.

    This stroke business...one thing I have learned....yes, it has changed me in a noticibly physical way. I may not be able to attend to my hubby the way I did...but it has allowed (or forced) me to step back so that he can grow spiritually and we have grown so much emotionally. In one way, the trial by fire really is refining us. I've decided to actually enjoy the process and look with excitement to what it will create. God gave us uniquely awesome men. Let us both use our new lives to create beautiful marriages. Maybe one day some younger couple will look at us and want what we have....hard earned, but beautiful.

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    1. Bless you. So beautifully worded.

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  2. How did it go big sis? Love from your little aussie sis xx

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