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 1, 2013

Stroke Warning Signs

May is stroke awareness month.       Picture from Pintrest.

If you even think someone might be having a stroke, remember the acronym FAST (face, arms, speech, time) and quickly call 911. If they remain conscious (many do, I didn't with most of mine) they will likely try to object. Denial is typical of stroke! But remember, time lost (every second counts) in obtaining treatment amounts to further brain cell loss and severity of stroke. So please, act FAST in getting help! It would be far better if you call for help and all turns out to be OK after all, then if you don't seek to get help when your friend actually needs it. Even possible stroke symptoms are always considered a medical emergency.

Picture from Pintrest and http://lancastria.net/blog/stroke-information.html
Another potential stroke gage I  have recently read, is to ask your friend to stick out their tongue. If it pulls to one side or the other and they can't hold it out straight, this is another area of stroke concern.

From Pintrest
From an emailed I recently received:
"Act FAST for stroke this May. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S., but less than one third of people in the U.S. can recognize more than one stroke warning sign. Do you know the signs?
“Experience” the signs of a stroke this May by signing up for the National Stroke Awareness Month texting campaign. Randomly over the span of one day, you will receive pieces of a life-saving puzzle that will help you learn some of the warning signs of a stroke.
Sign up now"Be our partner—help us reach our goal of raising awareness about stroke among as many people as possible. When you sign up, invite your friends to participate in the texting campaign too!"
Know someone who is already coping with the after-effects of a stroke? Don't forget to check these stroke resources that might prove helpful to you both.


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    1. I am so blessed to be surrounded by dear friend like you Denise. Three replies here so far, and all from sweet women who have also walked the stroke road. {hug}

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    1. Ruth, I don't make a very good pen pal so I write here so I can keep everyone updated at once. But I would love to "meet" you. I'll try to email yet this evening (I guess that would be tomorrow for you). I am so very sorry to hear you also have endured a stroke.
      P.S. I guess I should link it here, but my email address is jsaake AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Can I just say...i sure do wish someone had acted fast!