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...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Face of 44

Gift from friend via Facebook. 

I really don't like my looks since the strokes. I am almost down to my ideal weight again (finally!) and my face is amazingly rather symmetrical, but the huge bags under my eyes, weather from age, stress, pain, lack of muscle tone, or some combination, still make me want to cry just by glancing in a mirror.

But despite all that, I want to celebrate today! Every single birthday card I opened this morning was butterfly themed, one way or another, either the card itself or what was in it. My hubby and 16-year-old are due home today. My 10-year-old came in for an early morning snuggle. My 13-year-old is out in the kitchen making some breakfast surprise.

Edited to show WHAT she made me,
Sorry I ate part of the first gluten-free banana pancake invention before I realized she had spelled out my name!
My mom and I shared hours of giggles in the kitchen yesterday afternoon as we fixed my favorite meal together, our first attempt in a gluten-free version. Rather than beautiful meat rolls we were going for, we had meat blobs, but it sure was fun and they tasted ever bit as good as the original. She also made chocolate-cherry, gluten-free cake, for dinner last night,

My book couldn't be moving slower if it were a snail, but I did make another really neat connection for one section yesterday!  I'm headed to brain-injury survivors night at the ball park tonight, and I found a new butterfly skirt for $12 on eBay that I'm wearing for the first time today.

I breathe, I swallow, I walk, I talk - I am blessed! Enjoy these birthday selfies. :)

A friend "gave" me this cake (actually made for her niece) via photograph today.
She doesn't like it, so I won't share her name, but I adore it. So cute!


  1. I'm so thankful for you being you and still being alive on your birthday this year!