Update: Stroke of Grace has become In Darkness Sing and has moved to JenniferSaake.com.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months 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. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com.

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 equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MRI News

I just got off the phone with a friend I haven't talked to in years. What a blessing to hear her voice!

Yesterday's MRI showed my brain looked "good," so whatever the details, this is encouraging news. Unfortunately, the MRI did not pick up a good picture of the artery where I had surgeries last Thanksgiving. The doctor says this is not uncommon, but they try to start with the least invasive test first. Since it didn't work, I am waiting for scheduling to call me to set me up for another day back in the hospital so they can inject dye through my leg and take better pictures of that artery.

My writing has been going well but God must have better plans. Yesterday I lost everything I have written since April 18, materials for both books. Yes, my wonderful hubby has tried to reclaim in for me but my drive is reformatted and wiped clean. Rick gave me a new drive and I am working on rewriting. Surprisingly, this did not cause me to emotionally melt down.  God is good, all the time.

P. (occupational therapists) is back in town from her conference. I think it went well this morning. She is excited that I might be getting a tube in my ear, not only for hearing restoration but because it might address some of my balance issues as well.

Dinner is in the crock pot. My mom did about half of the meal prep, but I did all the planning and shopped with Rick last weekend. This is progress, that I could do some preparation without it taking us hours to complete. I  think I actually even followed this receipe correctly, so I'll let you know how the end product turns out.

I haven't heard anything new on Kendra since Monday, so I have no news to share there.

Physical therapy tomorrow. Possibly a roast (I'll ask Kathy to brown it in the morning) in the crock pot. Kids home for the weekend, starting tomorrow afternoon, another weekend upon us.

Does anyone have great crock pot links to share? This is the only way I can figure out to make my kitchen work for a while.


  1. Well I am happy that things looked good. Continuing to pray for your healing. Let me know if there is anything I can do other than pray from my end send you some soap or whatever :)

  2. A favorite link of mine is http://fix-itandforget-it.com/blog/ It's based on the fix it and forget it cookbooks.