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, April 25, 2016

4 1/2 YEARS?

The first days, weeks, months seem torturous and never ending.

Except I didn't even have the strength to hold a stick, much less hit anybody!
Survivors who were a year or two out were enviable and unrelatable.

I sure couldn't see it then! I'm learning.
Three years didn't even seem fathomable.

Life at 4 years out was unthinkable. (Not only could I not dream of the fact, doctors wouldn't even speak of the possibility.)

So here I am, 54 months into an experience that defies medical explanation.

It has not been an easy road. Especially those first two years!

It got WAY WORSE before it even remotely started getting any better. That 6-8 month mark nearly did our marriage in!

Our credit card number was AGAIN compromised (second time in less than a year) so this is the purse our Wallet Protection insurance bought me this time. Good thing too, since my last "forever" purse is already falling apart! :( I think we finally have all our recurrent payment bills updated to the new card number. What a headache to have the prior card suddenly non-functioning one day as Rick was away on a business trip. I don't need another purse. Praying account numbers stay the same for a good long while now.
As Kathy so beautifully pointed out after reading my 4 year thoughts, none of us knows our true life expectancy, what our futures hold. The blank slate before us is in God's hands.

Tomorrow (April 26) will be the release of an amazing book about a lady who let God take that "blank slate" and do something amazing. She did not let her stroke (worse than mine!) define her. Eight-year stroke survivor (her strove-a-versary was just 4 days ago), Katherine Wolf, along with her patient and loyal husband, Jay, take turns writing chapters in Hope Heals through Zondervan publishing.



She was 26 years-old and her six-month-old baby James slept in the next room. After undergoing an emergency sixteen hour brain surgery, she was not expected to live or recover. By God's miraculous grace and with the help of her husband Jay, Katherine relearned to speak, swallow, walk, and care for her son. An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, [eight] years later [and with a new baby they thought would never be], she and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope with this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.
Be sure to visit the ministry website and also order your copy of the book, by the same title, today! (Kendra, yours is already in the mail. You are gonna find this book both painful, because of all the first-hand memories it stirs, and powerfully healing.) This is a book that, personally touched by stroke or not, you are going to want to read yourself and maybe ever keep a copy or two on hand to give away to others! 

HOPE HEALS is a book about what it means to believe in a loving God who has allowed you to fall into the very deepest trenches of life and expects you to keep going. - Even though Jay and Katherine have material in spades about suffering, their story is the polar opposite of a ‘Misery Memoir'. - Not Your Misery Memoir



  1. That first quote.....YES!

  2. Your story is an amazing testimony Jennifer. Thank you for sharing!