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.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Simply Doing

If you had asked my 6 months ago, shortly after I came home from the hospital, if I would have still have been so challenged by everyday tasks (translation, simply unable to do most tasks and happy to "help" much as a child would, when other adults are willing to let me step in and make the project they could have easily cared for, take much longer with a much messier outcome) I would have thought you were crazy. Surely I could preform a simple task, like follow 3 simple steps on the back of a cake mix, by now! And if will power alone were enough, I would have ditched the walker long ago. But this is not the case!

My mom just came over to bake cupcakes for my son's birthday party tonight, because I simply could not. I'll have to recruit our middle child to frost them once they have cooled (our oldest is sick) because I cannot figure out a workable option to do that myself either. This is when the strokes really make me upset, when they stand between me and doig the simple things I want to, should be able to do, used to be able to do, for my kids.

We have figured out a battle plan with the blood thinners and my ear surgery is scheduled for later July. My parents are back home and my mom is practically living here, helping us get caught back on household thing that have fallen behind. I need to go now and help our 6-year-old finish getting ready for his 3 guests to arrive. :) My husband is a saint to oversee these birthday parties!
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” - Psalm 138:8

1 comment:

  1. I feel your pain! Sorry for the frustration of feeling so helpless. It's a good thing your kids know you love them A LOT and they love you so much too. I see it every time I'm over there.