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, October 5, 2016

Be a Banana Not THAT GIRL

Today's post is a video.

Definitely not a flawless presentation! When I get "thumbs down" on YouTube, please remind me that it's a rather decent presentation for someone who couldn't even swallow on her own or sit up, a little less than 5 years ago.

I nearly didn't even publish it because anyone who watches without knowing I'm a brain injury survivor, won't understand my bumpy presentation and reliance on the script. But I decided I just wanted to post my thoughts today through my reality of why I actually am, cognitively, today.

If you are wondering why I did not mention the name of my company or product, I intentionally made my presentation generic enough that it can be used by representatives of many different companies. Here's a presentation (notice the significant difference in my ability to present without trying to read from my written script!) I recorded a few days ago, about the business I had signed up for pre-stroke and have just become serious about again, in effort to earn my way to Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference in the spring! (If you have previously read my posts on money and on Lilla Rose, you will especially appreciate this effort.)

That correct product name of what I called "Beautiful Circle" is actually called "Lovely Circle."

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