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...

Reviews

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So here's the deal. I'm not a company, a group, an organization. I'm just one person, a stroke patient in therapy and on the recovery journey, to be specific. Two of my six stroke (at age 39) should have killed me. When I didn't die (as medically anticipated) I was given NO hope outside a non-vegetative, nursing home life.

At not quite 2 years out from the accidental dissection of my artery that caused all the brain damage, I am walking, talking, feeding myself, caring for many of my own needs, taking care of much of the demand of our family of five, and building the resources I wished I had been able to easily find right after my strokes (in hopes of helping to lessen the struggles of others). I use several traditional "adaptive devises" to accomplish these tasks and also love to find everyday objects, used by the mainstream population, that can be used to meet unique post-stroke challenges.

No, I can't work outside of the home. No, I don't drive. No, my left hand isn't too useable (I am typing this all with my right). No, I can't hear very well anymore. No, my walk (with a cane) isn't graceful. But for someone who should be locked away in an institution on life-support (in the optimistic diagnosis), never going to walk again, I don't think that's too bad. Or, put another way, I like to say, "Not bad for somebody who should be dead!"


Because of my own experiences, I am always on the lookout for products that might benefit myself and other stoke survivors and our unique post-stroke needs, either those primarily designed with disability in mind, or general items that may be adapted to be of special value to this community. I am interested in all kinds of things, from supportive shoes to circulatory clothing to exercise equipment created to enhance core and balance strengthening while not aggravating post-stroke pain by putting weight or pressure directly against a muscle (like most resistance machines at the gym) to unique transportation devices that will compensate for mobility and/or balance challenges, like hand driven cycles or adult tricycles. Use your imagination, and if you believe your product may benefit any of the conditions listed in my blog header or other stroke symptoms you know of, maybe introducing yourself to the therapy world will open up a whole new customer base for you!

My reviews are not paid (if I have not tried a product myself, I request a free product sample to test before I endorse it, but it is something I already use and love, often I have no contact with the company before I even shared their product), but are totally because I want to help strokies (stroke survivors) think outside of the box at how "normal people" items could really be adapted to help us! Even with some corporate backing, this remains my driving focus, to share products that can truly help improve our lives, thus I am quite particular about what items I ever promote.


I currently have over 400 Facebook fans for my stroke support page and am writing a book about my strokes, so expect a much larger following from that readership. I do product reviews on products that I believe to be of unique benefit to stroke survivors at StrokeOfGrace.blogspot.com
Feel free to email me at StrokieGal AT gmail DOT com if you would like me to consider reviewing your item, with "REVIEW REQUEST" in the subject line.
If I agree, I will need you to mail me (Reno, Nevada) a complimentary item you would like reviewed, along with any product information, website, logo, or other information you might hope to have included in the review. In keeping with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I want to be clear that the opinions expressed on my blog will be fully my own and any compensation I might receive will be fully disclosed along with my review. I'm just looking for products that meet a specific niche, and when I find ones that work for the unique needs of stroke survivors, I'm thrilled to share what I've discovered with the stroke community!
If you believe it might open a whole new therapy-based customer community for you if I am able to share positive results with my readers, please let me know about what you have to offer! I have an "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" review policy, so if (at my sole discretion) I find the results to be unsatisfactory for the specific needs we are seeking to address, I simply don't post a review at all, rather than bad-mouthing a product / company.

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Less than 20% of items I am asked to review ever make it onto my pages, due to this commitment. Many items I decline before even requesting the review item. If I request your sample, there's about 80% likelihood I'll find a useful way to positively promote you here, while a few thing perk my interest enough to try a product and see if it is helpful as I hoped it might be, yet leave me sadly unable to share with my readers.  Isn't it worth one free product sample in exchange for having a 4 in 5 chance at reaching a whole new targeted audience?

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To have your product or program considered for this website, you may see a sample of my very first online review, to get the "flavor" of what I'm talking about at My WearEver Review or view all my product reviews here.

I'll be waiting for your REVIEW REQUEST request at StrokieGal AT gmail DOT com. I look forward to working with you! :)