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, November 8, 2013

Kidney Update

Yesterday's urologist said he will let me try to pass the kidney stone on my own for up to 6 weeks before he surgically intervenes (because it is one mm smaller than the standard for automatic surgery), as long as I remain without any of the list of complications that will mean to go directly to the emergency room. We aren't even quite at one full week yet.

The doctor and many others have shared the ominous "encouragement" that my "stone is large enough" that I will "definitely know it" when I finally ever pass it. (Today is hubby's birthday so I am PRAYING that nothing emergent happens today, as I was moving to the rehab hospital for his birthday 2 years ago and don't even have memories of last birthday, so would really not like to make more bad memories on this date or cause drama this year!)

Kendra, high protein/low carb is something that often contributes to stones. :( I doubt that, alone, was the culprit in my case, perhaps not even a contributing factor, as the stone is large enough he says I probably have carried it since before the strokes, but hours (day, weeks, months, years now) of primarily sitting in a recliner with my feet up probably threw my kidney at a different angle so much that the stone was now able to work up and out of the lowest lobe of the kidney and start causing issues. But as a precaution in the future, he says the diet isn't a good idea for the kidneys.

Oh and Kathy, the paperwork never made it to DMV so my driver's license, has in fact, now been revoked. :( Thanks for going to great lengths to try to help me resolve the situation. It is what it is.

in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? - Psalm 56:11
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. - Ephesians 6:12


  1. Ugh...I guess you have had a day!

  2. Will be praying that that kidney stones moves before 6 weeks! But NOT tonight! <3

  3. I am sorry that we were not able to make that happen. I would think of "indefinitely" as not now but much more likely when you actually decide you are ready. Happy Birthday to Rick! Kathy