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, October 16, 2016

Fire Still Burns

According to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center, The Little Valley fire was holding at 3,400 acres burned and 20 percent containment, as of this morning. After over 20 hours of persistent rain, we are still only at about 20% containment as of 1 this afternoon. 

The wind is down. The road has been re-opened to properties on this north end of the valley, so the area of burn is further and further away from us. The south end of the valley is still closed. Tonight's reports expect full containment by Wednesday night.

The fire no longer seems to be growing much, our home is no longer likely in imminent threat. I plan to unpack our evacuation bags tomorrow morning. However, 22 or 23 homes (I've read both numbers in various reports) were destroyed and close to 100 people with surviving homes are still displaced as the hot spots continue out of control and the 1,000+ person fire crew now copes with flash flooding in some of their fire combat areas, so many folks sill aren't allowed back home yet.

Two family historical ranches were utterly destroyed, the main houses as well as all the outbuildings and vegetation. The home my mother-in-law spent every summer of childhood, as well as the neighboring property where her mother (my husband's grandmother) grew up.

Unless some significant news warrants an update, this will be my last fire-related post.

We are safe.


  1. Yep we unpacked today! We can repack in a hurry if we need to, but looks like the fire is going away from us.

  2. I am so sorry about the family ranch being destroyed.