Update: The In Darkness Sing blog at JenniferSaake is experiencing prolonged technical issues, so I'm temporarily posting back here on my old Stroke of Grace blog. (You will notice many typos in older posts. I intentionally never corrected them, as they helped document my cognitive abilities at various stages of recovery.)

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. Jennifer 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 wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care. At 5 years, 7 months, God clarified Jennifer's theology on healing and showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jennifer is currently writing more books and stays active on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. 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. (Please see temporary update note above!)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sharing My Struggles

In Why Blog, I've listed several specific reasons I keep this stroke blog, such as:

1. To offer understanding, hope, and resources to other stroke survivors, especially my "little sister" Kendra (who had already been a dear friend for years before the strokes, is 4 years younger than me, and stroked 5 1/2 months after I did).

2. To educate the public on stroke issues and experiences, particularly those unique to younger stroke survivors or pertaining to chiropractic safety and stroke prevention

Chiropractic Adjustments Connected to Strokes: Warnings

3. As a personal journal that documents milestones in my own words since I plan to eventually write a book and the stroke profoundly impacted my short term memory and recall abilities

From my writing Pintrest board

4. Most profoundly, out of desire to fix my eyes on things of eternal import, to remember that this is all temporary.

And, speaking of my writing efforts in general, at Why I Write, I've said:
"I think my desire to "tell all" also reflects 1 Corinthians 13:12, "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." I think my blogging is part of my desire to be "fully know," though only a poor reflection of heaven. I would love get to know you too, so please leave comments telling me about yourself!"

As you can see, my "tell all" season has diminished significantly as I've moved farther from the event. Stroke means a lifetime of relearning and new fears and emotions to process, but much of the early story has already played out. So now I make an effort to continue writing so that there is interesting new content posted here to keep you coming back. It's been a tough summer for other aspects of my health, so most of my limited writing energy is going into my book, however, I am trying to get at least one short, inspirational, fresh post up live (I often schedule them a week or two at a time, to insure this method) up on my author page on Facebook, every single day. I'm also hosting weekly giveaways there throughout the summer. I so hope you will come join me!