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...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Reunion Though We Had Never Met

I've known Judy Gordon Morrow "since way back when you had to write actual letters!" (This was her reply when asked if we had met through Facebook.)


I don't have many pictures to share as most were taken after 10PM and, though my friend looked fabulous, I promised I wouldn't post!

Candid with Judy in the background.
While we both are pregnancy loss authors, connected through mutual ministry friends, and have actually keep in fairly consistent touch over the decades, we had never once laid eyes on each other, hugged each other, until Mount Hermon last month! Oh what a glorious "reunion," a pre-taste of a tiny sliver of Heaven to know more fully someone who has been in my life for half of my life already!


The two pictures I can share have an amazing story attached. On the last full day of conference, though we had crossed paths only a few times all week and no one can easily be found when you are looking through such a big crowd and huge campus, Judy "happened" to walk right by exactly as Debbie and I were preparing to pray with a lovely young woman grieving the upcoming one year anniversary of her miscarriage!


How like God to surround this lady with three pregnancy loss authors to listen to her story and pray with her that day! I came on the scene to hear Deb saying, "Do you think God sees you?" This question was asked before Judy or I had even joined the prayer circle. Our new friend left our prayer time with renewed assurance that she was cared for my a personal and loving Lord.

 

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