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...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

1 2 3 (and 4)

Three quick things today.

Yes, I actually do know how to keep things short occasionally.

http://strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/2016/04/earrings-and-manuscripts.html

1. Remember my fear that I wouldn't like any of the pictures from my Mount Hermon photo shoot? It was raining, I was exhausted, then I lost an earring. I actually have 3 pictures I'm really quite pleased about! Amazing surprise!


Big change since the days my eyes were like this poster I just saw at my mom's eye specialist:


2. Today, I'm celebrating Katherine Wolf in the exciting release of her new book, Hope Heals. Eight years ago, as a young mom with a 6-month-old baby, a stroke nearly took her life. This Huffington Post article explains some things about marriage and writing specifics that relate to my experiences very personally. It is such a blessing to now have a book that "tells my story" (not the chiropractic aspect but the stroke realities themselves) to put into the hands of those who want to understand more of my own journey. But so much more than just another stroke story, this book shines true HOPE into every heart, no matter your situation! If you know pain or disappointment of any kind, this book is written for you! Buy a copy today. You will be ever-so-thankful you made the investment! ‪#‎HopeHealsBook‬


325 years ago tonight, Rick Saake slipped a diamond onto my hand and asked me to share his life. Little did we know what our future would hold. 


By God's grace, we have both now spent more years together than apart. I love you, Sweetheart. It's been a journey! I'm so glad you are the person God picked as my traveling companion.
Happy engage-a-versary. 
I still do!


4. (Yes, I know I said just three!) Be sure to check back Friday evening for a fun butterfly giveaway that will bless me so much in helping me build my platform as we party together!

The End

 

1 comment:

  1. 25 years...and quite the roller coaster! Congrats! You guys had some "G's" to pull....but you did! That is a testimony indeed. Ps....I bet your parents know what "pulling G's" means...

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