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...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How We Celabrated

Today (five years since my first two strokes, my "re-birthday") didn't turn out quire as I had expected.

Mom has a bad cold, so we cut out most of our plans for the day, We did not revisit my rehabilitation doctor/hospital. We did not go to lunch.

We are taking a rain check on those. I was disappointed, not in Mom, but in the mean germs that spoiled our plans.

I made gluten-free brownies for myself this afternoon. I told my husband, "I figure if my body won't let me cry, I can at least eat chocolate!" ;)

Except I love lemons too! I eat them straight!

Tonight, my kids all elected to take time away from typical homework  and go out to dinner with the whole family, even knowing it would drive the older two into very late nights of study once we got home.
Thank you, Rick, for taking us all out, even order birthday surprise desert (more gluten-free chocolate) and having the kids sing to me.

It made me heart so happy to be sitting together as a whole family!

On the way out, I knew the music the restaurant blasted outside would be loud, so I held my breath before going out the door, the same way I do if there is upcoming cigarette smoke.

Holding my breath didn't help at all with deafening sound!

It did give us a good laugh though! I love my family!

Changing gears, here's yesterday's AlterG video I promised Tee to try to get. My top speed yesterday was 7.5 miles per hour! I was at 50% gravity and only managed 7.5 for 30 seconds (20 of any quality),

[Attempted video did not post.

Earlier link to Living Scary Brave.


  1. I hate those mean germs, and am looking forward to lunch with you at Great Full Gardens. I still can't taste much, but feel better.