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, June 7, 2016

Butterfly Facts

We joined some homeschool friends on a field trip today. I think my 10-year-old had a good time. My 13-year-old was less than enthused, but tried to humor me. Afterall, we spent an hour focused on butterflies; a craft, science via wings under microscopes, a craft, and a story. (She left me color her craft but I ran out of time there so need to finish it here at home.)

I learned three, new-to-me (or perhaps new-again, post stroke?) butterfly facts:

1. The plural of antenna is antennae. 

2. The terms chrysalis and cocoon are not interchangeable. The moth makes a cocoon, while the butterfly makes a chrysalis.

3. Butterflies have knobs at the ends of their antennae while moths do not.

I wore 23 butterflies on my person: 1 large one across a new shirt, 2 butterfly hair clips, a pair of earrings, 2 on the face of my watch, 12 on my shoes (3 double layers down each foot), and 4 more on my rings.

 I had more butterflies on my purse, cane, and walker. I felt appropriately dressed for the occasion!


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