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 12, 2016

Meeting Carol

Going into the author bookstore at Mount Hermon Christian Writer's conference, I picked up a copy of When I Lay My Isaac Down. "Oooh, it looks like Carol Kent is here this week, Debbie!"

"Um, Jenni, you do know she is our keynote speaker for the conference, right?"

It had been such a miracle, rush whirlwind of all God did in a matter of days to have me there, that nope, I hadn't realized!

Lord, the surprises keep coming! This amazing blessing of a trip just keeps getting better and better.

That brilliant flash up there was my view of Carol during main sessions. I told her she "glows"! ;)
I sat outside because I cannot tolerate the neurological stimulation of all the loudness of worship music.
That night she spoke to our large group. The next morning, Carol was in my main workshop, not as the teacher, as a fellow-student! A group lined up after class to talk with the instructor while others of us lined up to talk with Carol.

Cool and composed, my turn came with me stating the obvious, "You're Carol Kent!" 

Brilliant. I know!

I continued on with, "I should be soaking up spiritual wisdom here. But I just have to tell you, I love your jacket. It matches my shoes!"

Deb and I laughed until we nearly cried and were gasping for breath over my stroke of genius in that conversation. :D

The shoes!!!
You know what I love about writing?

Edits. 

Do overs!

At least it was a writing conference rather than a seminar on profound oration skills!

After Carol spoke that evening. She was still wearing the Jacket that matches my shoes! :D
Carol was gracious and her husband, Gene, jumped right in to change the subject, asking me the story behind my pink walker. 

I introduced Bubbles (walker) and explained that I'm a six time stroke survivor after arterial rupture during a chiropractic adjustment. Gene visibly sagged, groaned, did a facepalm to the forehead and rolled his eyes a little. I didn't catch Carol's reaction because I was so busy watching Gene process my news.

That night, Carol called me her "new friend" and told me, "You have a story, Girl!"
 

2 comments:

  1. We know you have a story! Praying for you as you write today.

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  2. Just reading that had me cracking up again! You are an amazingly fun person to be around. I'm so glad I got to experience your brilliant moments with you (and you got to experience some of mine)! The laughter was so healing.

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