Last month I introduced monthly giveaways as a new feature on my blog, with the caveat that I will commit to these for the rest of 2016 and plan to continue into 2017, if this helps with my traffic AND I can get consistently get sponsors to donate gifts in the $10-25 (minimum, higher value is absolutely welcome!) range. Please send me a note at StrokieGal AT gmail DOT com if you are interested in having your name, link, and product featured here one month, as you sponsor a giveaway.
This month you have two chances to win! My amazing husband, Rick Saake, and my dearest Strokie Pal, Kendra, The Queen of Brussel Sprouts, have each donated a 2017 coloring calendar (pictured throughout this post) to give away this month!
October (and on into November) has often been a significant time in my life!
I met my husband on October 23, 1990, Sweetest Day. (He was born in early November, so his 21st birthday was the first thing we ever celebrated together.)
Hannah's Prayer was birthed in my heart the fall of 1994 (officially blessed into birth by my husband over Thanksgiving weekend that year, and formally incorporated January 1, 1995) so October was big in the gestational period of this ministry's existence.
I started life-changing treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Oct. 2010. Went from 30% function to 70% within a year, then on up to 90% remission by the following February (even after the strokes). This after more than 2 decades of significant, often even desperate (immune system as low as 1% function about 9 years back), illness.
The following year, just past my 1-year-treatment anniversary, and unrelated (believe me, that been medically evaluated every which way in order to be sure!), finally functioning at 70% capacity and getting my life back, I went to the chiropractor for a migraine on the morning of October 25, 2011. I suffered two massive strokes right there on the treatment table, immediately (like 3 seconds, he hadn't even finished his treatments and I was still laying on the table!) following the neck adjustment that dissected my vertebral artery. Over the next month, I would experience four more strokes as that artery tried to heal and continued clotting and throwing those clots until two compassionate care (not FDA approved, but last chance efforts) surgeries on Thanksgiving morning finally allowed the artery a chance to begin healing safely.
In 2013, I finally made public my convictions concerning Christian headcovering, an issue I had been prayerfully researching and considering since before my strokes.
On October 1 of last year (2015), I went wheat-free. It was my 4th attempt (the other 3 each lasted no longer than about 6 weeks), but my first decision with conviction as to the neurological and health benefits. A year later, I am rather radical in my observance of ingredients, but am down 36 pounds from my post-surgical (hysterectomy) appointment AND, except for the rare occasion where I slip up and ingest some hidden source of wheat, I am migraine-free for the first time (I'm 44, and I had my first medically recognized migraine on my 19th birthday, though can point to a few childhood instances that I believe were also migraines)!
So October of 2016, in conjunction with my 5 year re-birthday (stroke-a-versary), seems like the perfect month to go relaunching the pre-stroke business I had just started only months prior to my strokes. I've talked of Lilla Rose, why it's such an important stroke victory for me at I Can Do It and I've made a promise not to drive you crazy with it at Be a Banana. I'm wanting to earn my way to Mt. Hermon Christian Writer's Conference this year, rather than just asking for sponsorships as I did last year.
I'm telling you about it now (my video promise pointed out that I WILL mention what I do, just not out of proportion with the rest of my life events) for two reasons. First, I want to whet your appetite for our November giveaway. Second, I want to invite you to my Grand Re-opening bashes! You may attend a live Facebook Boutique on Friday, October 21, 5PM (Pacific, and a link to a timezone conversion chart will be posted there if you need help figuring out your time slot - fast-paced fun, giveaways, a blast of an experience!), get directions to my house for an in-person experience with all the fun and prizes, with the added twist of hands-on fingering of merchandise, on Saturday afternoon, one week from today, October 22 at 4pm in Reno, Nevada, or you may even purchase through my event link at your convenience, any day through October 25.
Please spread the word about October's coloring calandar giveaway! I also have one of these babies and am almost afraid to start writing 2017 dates in it yet as it is so beautiful! It will be fun to think of each other and pray for one another as we each use our calendars throughout the coming year!