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, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

It has been an entire month since I last posted. I don't think that has ever happened before.


The past month has included my mom's birthday, our son's 17th...


of course, Jesus' birthday celebration...


graduation from my intensive, advanced bonus therapy I undertook this fall...


a car accident (no one injured, our older car totaled - so we are only a one car family again, but thankfully still a three-living-children family! - no I was not in the car when this happened)...


...an overnight car trip to celebrate with Rick's side of the family...


4 airplane rides totalling around 11 hours in the air, a full Christmas week in Florida with many "firsts" that my early therapists could never have conceived I would ever even be able to attempt...


a New Year's Eve day "Christmas" with my parents...


and LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of very intense hours determinedly focused on book writing.


I typically strive to blog at least 3 times a week, but may be rather sparse in posting over the next couple months in dedicated effort to finally get this manuscript submitted!


I do hope to get more Florida pictures and stories posted in coming days.



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