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, June 13, 2015

For Kendra

Fun post. Just because Kendra and I both have a think for purses now. I don't think I change them as often as she does, but it sure has been an journey to find what would actually work for me! (A current criteria for my purses is that they must feature butterflies. :) )

The straw is my current inexpensive find that fit thing perfectly and I hope will last all summer. It had to be pretty much exactly 11-12 x 5-8 inches, in order to fit my handicap placard and medical necessities without being too heavy nor bulky for me to carry. If I have a purse, I WILL fill it to max capacity, so they are my size requirements! My mom, daughter and I spent over 4 hours on our feet, out shopping for my "perfect purse" last weekend, never to find what I actually wanted. Ebay to the rescue!

The teal leather is compliment of our credit card insurance because our card number got compromised recently. It is a gently used brand name that would typically retail in excess of $200 new, that I got for around $55 (could spend up to $100 with insurance promise of reimbursement), I am very pleased with my find! It is the EXACT same size as the straw and should be a great long-term replacement when the inexpensive bag wears out. (I had considered purchasing the exact same design brand new, in gold, for $80 instead of this one, but liked the teal better.)

Remember 2 1/2 years ago, when I was still unable to actually carry a purse at all?  Who would have dreamed that I would ever be able to post such fun, personal pictures?! Thank you, Lord!!!

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