Starting October 25 of 2011, "InfertilityMom," 39-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder of Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes, all due to vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office. The largest two strokes were brain stem and cerebellum bleeds. Jenni remained hospitalized until nearly Christmas 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 (please read more and watch short video). Jenni is now walking (with a cane or wheeled walker), has recovered much eye-sight, some hearing, partial use of her hands, cares for most of her own personal/toiletry needs, and is currently writing three books, maintains multiple blogs, and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Near the five-year recovery mark, Jenni has renewed her pre-stroke excitement about the unique Lilla Rose hair Flexi eight jewelry she sells and has finally regained enough hand/arm function to regularly use! (The biggest ongoing losses at the 4 1/2-year point of recovery are left-side nerve pain, inability to drive, loss of homeschool teaching capability, significant sound processing issues (often triggering nausea), and some profound physical ability limitations such as a limp, balance challenges, clumsy use of right hand and only large motor function in left hand.) Here is her resume.

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 equipts you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Jenni is clinging to God's grace through the entire experience. Here is her unfolding story, documented in her own words (typing with only her right hand), as she perceives it happening in real time, messy, honest and to the glory of God...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Introducing Monthly Giveaways!

I'm going to sponsor monthly give-aways on my StrokeOfGrace blog through the end of the year and see how it goes in driving traffic to my posts. 

I plan to give away one item each month. (At this time, prizes may only be shipped to United States, including APO/FPO/DPO, mailing address.)

If this helps with my traffic AND I can get consistently get sponsors to donate gifts in the $10-25 (minimum, higher value is absolutely welcome!) range, I hope to make monthly giveaways a long-term feature of this blog. 

"Hope" bracelet - sponsored by

AND one Jamberry manicure (latex-free nail wraps, nail file, orange stick, buffer, and application instructions) - sponsored by

September, 2016 giveaway, sponsored by ChefMomB, Bethany Schoeff!
Bethany is an allergy-friendly chef, mother of three, actor/singer, independent consultant for Jamberry and Perfectly Posh.

Enter Here Now! (If you are already subscribed where Rafflecopter asks you to subscribe, just visit, then leave your username so that we can confirm you are actually a follower/subscriber at the end of the month!) With the free level of Rafflecopter, this contest is only open for one week, though I would have liked to offer it longer, so please get there quickly!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Future giveaways  (subject to change, but I think this is what it will look like) planned so far:

October, 2016 - A coloring calandar for 2017 dates - sponsored by my sweet husband, Rick Saake

November - Lilla Rose hair jewelry

December - An unopened pair of buttery-soft LulaRoe One Size (OS, fits up through size 10/12) leggings (in pink, of course!) - by me

If anyone wants to sponsor a give-away, please let me know. The item needs to be new (gift cards or certificates work fine), family-friendly, and have wide appeal! (My audience is primarily female, but I think my uncle will look cute in those pink leggings! ;) ) Please contact me right away with your idea!


  1. Thanks for doing this. I love jewelry.

  2. Thanks for doing this. I love jewelry.

  3. So excited about your giveaways!!!!! I absolutely LOVE reading anything you write!!!!!!!!!!

    Beth Nichols-Ellis


  4. Congratulations to Katherine Gamble Rhodes, selected by for winning of my September giveaway. Thank you again to ChefMomB, Bethany Schoeff, for sponsoring this month's prize! (Bethany is an allergy-friendly chef, mother of three, actor/singer, independent consultant for Jamberry and Perfectly Posh. )

  5. Congratulations!!!!!