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, December 6, 2013


I woke up to a phone call from the urologist office and had less than an hour to get dressed (easier said than done with a traditional, non leg-bag catheter!), arrange a ride, then be at the office across town.  Thanks for making this possible, Mom and Dad, and for being such great sports about the fact that I've had to wake you up early every single day this week!

They addressed new issues that had arisen early this morning, made me generally MUCH more comfortable, and now expect I will do much better between now and my next appointment on Monday morning. I'm thankful for the physical freedom to be up and out of bed a bit between now and Monday. Maybe I can sit on the living room floor to get some of my Christmas clutter cleared now??? Still not planning to leave the house this weekend.

One newer prayer concern is that I now have a UTI, in addition to the kidney stone. This totally surprised the ER doc yesterday morning as, thanks again to the strokes, I had no classic warning signs and still had great kidney function when I went to the ER two weeks prior. I'm back on antibiotics, but the last time I was catheterized (in the hospital, for the strokes) I developed a UTI and the infection went antibiotic resistant and took over 6 months to clear. I know I'm "borrowing trouble" already voicing this concern, but I really would rather not go down that path again!

I feel like all my post these days sound whiney. I really don't usually feel that way. In fact, the ER nurse just commented on my amazing attitude yesterday morning. It's just hard to be transparent about all the medical facts (my commitment with this blog) without making it sound like a pity party. I'm sorry.

1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


  1. Jenni, you are not whiny.... you are honest. And sometimes, the truth stinks. <3 Heart Hugs, Shelly

  2. Oh friend...I imagine getting ready was/is quite a challenge. I have enough trouble without worrying about a catheter. There is no "hurry up and go" in me. If I try it makes it worse. So sorry!