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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

FastER, Still Not Fast

Yesterday a friend clued me in to the indispensable, free, Ladder to Rooftop academy. It is chalked full of hundreds of best writing tips! I spent hours there, though I certainly might suggest taking in information in bite-sized portions rather than in the total overload approach I took. :)

Quote from http://strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/2016/04/mail-and-banana-slugs.html

One program recommended there by at least two different authors is Canva for low cost (so far, all mine have been 100% free) blog image design. This is a skill I have wanted to learn for years and never quite figured out. I'm using quotes from my own recent blog posts as my test subjects. (I don't want to try Bible verses until I better know what I'm doing!) If anyone wants to request a specific quote, let me know so I can give it a try!

From http://strokeofgrace.blogspot.com/2016/04/earrings-and-manuscripts.html
My first attempt took me about 20 hours to master and I have already learned some things that I would change in that end result.  My second attempt, I'm not sure how I achieved the end result I got so I could do it again if I tried!

Same as 2nd attempt, just different filter coloring used on center picture,
I have managed two more images in just the past 5 hours. It still isn't an efficient use of time to produce my own blog images, but that's already a pretty steep learning curve and fast improvement! I'm not at all fast, but I'm getting faster than when I started!

Along the sane line of thought, faster, here are two conversations I posted on Facebook today:

"I was to be in the 15%. 
When that didn't happen, my family was told I had no options other than the sad 10%.
At 4 1/2 years, I still count as the 40%, 
though I feel like 25% much of the time 
unless I stop to evaluate reality."
This picture, along with my commentary, sparked a conversation that ended with my clarification statement of, "My family and I often forget the realities we live are still not normal. Emotionally we all are fairly used to my "special care" requirements and find ourselves often thinking of my remaining struggles as rather minor (and in contrast to how bad I once was, they sure seem that way!). But reality is my mom still has to drive me everywhere, a friend comes to regularly clean and keeps my house functional, my husband took over many of my responsibilities and pays the bills and still needs to deal with finances, my memory and emotions continue to be a challenge, my kids wouldn't thrive homeschooling under my teaching now, I need a seat and or grab bar to shower, I have to be careful to not swallow with my head back or the liquid runs into my lungs, I still use a cane or walker if I leave the house, I can't hear well or process sound properly, and on and on... So, while I'm no longer SEVERE, I'm not technically MINOR in impairments either. Very thankful to be so much closer to this end of the spectrum now than I was even a year ago and to be adjusting to a new normal so life goes on, but the deficits are still in the MODERATE range!"

I'm also a new member of a health website where everyone is tracking and reporting daily step counts this month. I know I won't come anywhere near winning, but this was my post tonight. "3,023 unaided steps! Doctors said I would never walk again. (Well first they said I would die, then that I would move to a nursing home and be a vegatable.) Four years ago I could not take a single unaided step (stroke survivor, couldn't walk for nearly a year, still use cane or walker most of the time)"

Nope, at most everything, I am NOT fast, but daily I am getting fastER! See my exercise bike videos from this morning (Edited in here tomorrow since it is late and YouTube uploads are taking a while.).

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