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...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fire Update So Far

We are still safe (fire evacuation news posted earlier today). Has been a stressful morning, knowing at any minute we could be ordered away, but also knowing the air is very unhealthy out there, so staying tucked inside is the better plan if we don't absolutely NEED to leave!

Going through the house and thinking of bare necessities like medications and medical assistance devices, animals and their care items, a change of clothing for each person, family heirlooms, and the single "comfort item" that would make each family member feel the most cherished during a time of loss. It's been stressful knowing we may easily be sitting around our kitchen table for dinner tonight, or possibly might not have a house to come home to this evening!

Were it not for the element of urgency (and I get, 3 hours to prepare is actually a HUGE luxury that most aren't afforded when it comes to a fire), that process of identifying one car load worth of "important" is a refreshing exercise! "Wood, hay, stubble..." keeps playing over and over in my mind. We have so much excess. We are beyond spoiled.

Our poor birds are smelling the smoke in the air and utterly in a panic!

According to a local news channel, a state of emergency has just been declared for Washoe county, Nevada (my county).BREAKING NEWS: Washoe state of emergency called in wake of Little Valley Fire

1 comment:

  1. Praising God we are still safe in our homes. On alert through tomorrow at least.