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 21, 2014

Simple! Right?

I went to the gym this morning. You will find that I use "gym," "pool," water exercise," and "therapy" interchangeably. This is because I do medically ordered therapy at the gym, in the pool, in the form of a water aerobics  class (and sometimes straight swimming). When I was discharged from formal physical therapist monitored therapy sessions, it was on the solum promise that I would continue training in a traditional gym setting 2-3x per week, for the foreseeable future.

I have gone seasons, sometimes months at a time, when I was either ill, recovering from surgery or injury, or could not get rides (often due to my drivers being unavailable for these reasons or out of town), but for the most part I have been true to my oath and have been faithfully attending water exercise classes for over two years now (I haven't been discharged from formal therapy for nearly that long, but when I was, we really stepped up the intensity and consistency of standard gym visits.

Since my mom's incident early last month, I have only made it to the gym one per week, but my friend who has given me these weekly rides just thought up a solution to remedy this and get me there a second time each week after Thanksgiving! :) I also may be trying out the gym where my mom now has her membership (her insurance pays the dues there, but no longer at my gym)

AAARRRGGG, Blogger ate 2/3 of my post. I don't think I'll get a chance to write again for a few days, but I'll post what I have so far, along with key words weight, zumba, discouragement, van cleaning, balance, tires, little things and thankful, so hopefully I can come back and give you part 2 of this post!

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