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...

Monday, April 4, 2016

Encouragement

After just sharing my vent about a nasty message I had to deal with today, I want to remove personal information while sharing the heart of a very sweet note that landed in my inbox and greatly encouraged my heart today:

Your posting has meant so much to me... The fact that you're writing from a Christian perspective is every thing to me. I found many blogs, but only one that gave me hope. It's particularly difficult when our pastor and church members don't understand why I'm not healed... 

There are some cruel people in this world, ugly at heart. There are also some kind and beautiful soal who take the time to edify and bless those around them.


I thank God on a day I had to deal with something so hurtful, God also already had prepared a reminder of His grace to quiet my heart.
 

5 comments:

  1. Oh, honey, if they only knew your heart. Forgive them for their ignorance.
    (That's my paraphrase of what Jesus said on the cross).

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    1. And block them too. (That's the having good boundaries part also!)

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  2. Oh, honey, if they only knew your heart. Forgive them for their ignorance.
    (That's my paraphrase of what Jesus said on the cross).

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  3. I will forgive them for hurting my girl, Debbie. But I hurt for her. This wonderful person healed my heart as well as hers.

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  4. So glad she came to you, Jenni. God will give you the words of comfort.

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