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

Kaycee

I am so sad I took no pictures of Kaycee! (I stole this one off Sherry Kyle's Facebook page.)


From my very first night, when I got lost trying to find my very first meeting for the Next Level pre-conference and ended up two buildings away from where I needed to be that Tuesday evening, headed up a hill in the wrong direction, there was Kaycee.


Kaycee was another conference attendee, but she used to work for the Mount Hermon Christian conference center! 

This meant Kaycee knew all the "back stage secrets" to regularly rescue me the many different times when I managed to get myself lost.


Like the day she took me through a soda shop, down a back hall, up an elevator, through the kitchen, then out into the author bookstore via a back door!


The amazing part was, every single time I got overwhelmed, misdirected or out right lost, I turned around and there was Kaycee! It was nearly uncanny. Like my own personal guardian angel in the flesh! I know God's hand was intentionally upon helping her always be in the right places each time I needed her. (And with nearly 400 conference attendees it was often hard to find specific people you were even intentionally looking for!)


I was initially drawn to her beautiful hair updos (at least by the second time I met her, when it was actually daylight) but it was inner beauty that surpassed even outward appearance that kept me wanting to get to know Kaycee more. What a blessing! We only had two quick chances to actually chat (for things other than navigational help!) all week. I wish we had spent more time visiting.


She was such a blessing. Not a day has passed since conference that I've gone a day without thinking of her and thanking God for Kaycee.


 In many ways Kaycee made the week doable for me. I am so thankful!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenni!

    Thank you for finding my husband on Facebook! When I return to FB in 2017 it will be easier for me to find you—but obviously God wants me to find you at all the perfect times anyway. Isn't God great like that??? May you continue to be blessed by Him as you bless those lives around you. You blessed me!

    Love you sister in Christ, ❤️������

    Kaycee (I know it says "anonymous" but I was having issues with the other logins... sorry!)

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