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 11, 2016


I know I can't use my left hand for much, but I forget that it does not look normal. I am so used to just doing everything with my right hand now, I forget that the left is even there, doing its own weird things.

When I saw this picture, I was stunned because I have no recollection of my hand being drawn up under my chin while I took ocean pictures!

My hands used to be close to the same size. My rings would fit on either hand. Now my right takes on so much more work that it has gotten larger, more muscular, and my ring won't fit.

While my left hand has atrophied enough that my ring set flops to the side, not enough flesh to keep it in place. I dare not wear it in water therapy any more, for fear I will loose it.

I have been coloring with my left (more stroked, non-dominant even before the strokes) hand regularly for the past few months.  Today I decide to try a preschool writing practice page just to see what I could do.

Here's a video of a fine motor skills game I played with my 10-year-old last week. I did it left-handed so play time doubled as therapy. :)

1 comment:

  1. Thinking about our hands.... Who woulda thought...