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...

Email Buddies

In case of an emergency (emotional, mental, or obviously physical), in the United States please call 911, or in emotional crisis, the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or the suicide hotline phone number at 1-800-SUICIDE or find support numbers in other countries by using the simple search box at BeFrienders.org.
I'm trying something new here. I have no idea how this will work out and would love your feedback in the refining of this page, but let's give it a try and see what happens! Please offer suggestions if you have ideas of how to make this system work more smoothly.

I get lots of penpal requests. Like you, I am just a fellow strokie, working toward recovery, going to endless appointments, trying to regain what I can of the life I once knew! I can't usually even reply to every email I receive in a timely fashion and I can get totally stressed even trying. I am very blessed with one very close stroke pal and a handful of more casual and less frequent email contacts, but honestly, my plate is full to overflowing and I just can't keep up with many more ongoing relationships.

I LOVE getting to know folks and helping or encouraging where I can, so I do not want to discourage your one or two-time contacts to share your story, resources or other thoughts. But I fear disappointing you if you need more than this from me because I just don't have it to give to so many people, over the long term. I'm not complaining in the least, just trying to evaluate the situation realistically and come up with a solution that will bring the most comfort to the most people!

Here's my idea. If you are looking for an email buddy, leave a comment here or email me directly (StrokieGal AT gmail DOT com) with your name, age, sex, religious affiliation, how old you were when or how long ago since you stroked, the email address you would like to use, and any other (no more than a single paragraph) information you would like to include (location/type of stroke, current deficits, country or state if desired, what you are specifically looking for in an email buddy, etc.) and I will be happy to post it on this page for other to contact you directly. Once you have established a good relationship with at least one other person, let me know that you are matched so I can mark your story that way and remove your contact information. 

What do you think? Could we make this thing work? Please visit often to see new listings for new friends to connect with. But please be careful about sharing personal information, like phone numbers or physical addresses online! You only know who people say they are. I have been a victim of internet fraud from people I had really grown to trust, in the past, and it is NO fun! On the flip side, some of my closest friends I have never or only occasionally met in person, so online relationships can become true and deep! I just want to remind everyone for the need for wisdom and caution, especially those of us who may now deal with impaired levels of judgement! Participate in interactions from this page at your own risk. I offer no personal endorsement of anyone posting here in search of an email pal.
In case of an emergency (emotional, mental, or obviously physical), in the United States please call 911, or in emotional crisis, the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK or the suicide hotline phone number at 1-800-SUICIDE or find support numbers in other countries by using the simple search box at BeFrienders.org.
Hello, I would like an email buddy as well. My name is Denise & I'm 52 years old. I'm a Christian & had multiple anoxic strokes in Nov 2008 as the result of a medical mistake when I was in the hospital with pneumonia. I'm now disabled & can no longer work as a paralegal. My email address is sdtallant@gmail.com. Thanks <3
 
I am looking for an email buddy. My name is Denise, I am 49 years old. I am a Baptist. I had several mini strokes in 2011, and then my big stroke on labor day 2011. My email address is shortybear.63@att.net
 
Contact our first friend seeking a buddy directly at rthur.foster88007 AT gmail DOT com (posted 7/2013):
I had 2 strokes. I have sever aphasia an l lost my hearing.
Wish I find a pen pal to email. My writing is very bad.
Thanks
Art Foster  -
rthur.foster88007 AT gmail DOT com
I retired in 2007 at 54 my age.
I first stroke was in Oct. 2009. 100% recovered.
The second was in April 2009. A LARGE stroke. Both sides. The doctors said I was cannot go home forever. On June 2009 I returned home
My reading was not affected. 
My talking is the worst.  
My writing is agrammatic aphasia. I hard to write.
I am disabled, My walking is excellent. Nerves were damaged on my upper left side. I can use the upper left side is weak. 
I live in Las Cruces New Mexico
The lonely in the worst.

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  1. I am looking for an email buddy. My name is Denise, I am 49 years old. I am a Baptist. I had several mini strokes in 2011, and then my big stroke on labor day 2011. My email address is shortybear.63@att.net

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  2. Hello, I would like an email buddy as well. My name is Denise & I'm 52 years old. I'm a Christian & had multiple anoxic strokes in Nov 2008 as the result of a medical mistake when I was in the hospital with pneumonia. I'm now disabled & can no longer work as a paralegal. My email address is sdtallant@gmail.com. Thanks <3

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