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.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Good News, Bad News

We finally were told Mom's MRI results this afternoon:

Fantastic, stunning (fooled multiple doctors including two different neurologists) news: The MRI was CLEAR with NO SIGN of stroke!

Horrid, puzzling, frustrating news: We are left with dire, stroke-like symptoms and no clear answers. And so the medical puzzle-solving begins. I asked mom if she was just trying to show me up, as if having a regular stroke just wasn't good enough for her? She kind of giggled a bit, but also gave me a really confused look. Don't think she either grasped or appreciated my humor.

I had several specific things I wanted to tell you about today, but am so tired I can hardly see straight. Two full days at the hospital with a sleepless night in between have caugh up with me. Headed to bed. Sorry for the too-short update!

Brief Tuesday morning update: The current thoughts are that it was a TAI, some weird seizure disorder (given her age, how they can manifest, and the sporadic nature of symptoms), or even the possibility of a strange migraine manifestation has been suggested. Within a matter of minutes of posting that Mom's MRI was clear and they were saying no stroke, I heard FIVE different stories of similar strokes that were not found until a second MRI several days after the event, so I'm still not ruling out this possibility either!  The simple truth is that we do not know what is going on right now! There are many more questions than answers. I rest in the realization that while we don't, God does! Please join us for praying for wisdom and clarity for our doctors, along with continued healing for mom and peace for all of our family. [Tuesday morning Detailed Update.]

More information Friday Afternoon. Brain injury from hit to the head?


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