Today is Divine Mercy Sunday! Even though I have been a Catholic all my life, I just found out about Divine Mercy about 3 1/2 years ago.
Over 3 years ago I had a heart attack. I thought I was having heartburn. However, the heartburn was becoming more frequent and wouldn’t go away unless I went to sleep. Luckily, I decided to go to my doctor and found out it wasn’t heartburn I was experiencing but a heart attack. As soon as he did an EKG he told me you need to go to the emergency room and be admitted to the hospital. He wanted a cardiologist to confirm his findings.
It was a duration of 10 days that I was experiencing this heart attack along I thought I was having severe heartburn. The cardiologist confirmed my doctor’s suspicions. I was having a heart attack and they set me up for an angiogram for the next day. I was admitted on Thursday so the angiogram was set up for Friday. The cardiologist went in to do the angiogram. He was telling me that my one artery was 70% closed and I had an artery that had been 100% closed for a long time. He asked me when I started feeling these pains and I told him about 10 days ago. He said this other artery just became 100% blocked. If I had come in 10 days ago, he could have put a stent in it. He told me I had too much blockage and he couldn’t give me any stents but was referring me to a Heart surgeon. I would need by-pass surgery since there was so much blockage.
I cried all the way back to my room. Both my parents had by-pass surgery and I remembered all their pain. There surgeries were over 40 years ago and I know medicine has come along way in 40 years, but I was still petrified of the surgery. My nurse could tell I was upset and tried to help me. I told her I just needed time. All I wanted at that point is to have time with My God.
That night my cardiologist came back to see me. He told me that he talked to the heart surgeon and was told that any of my other arteries that he could use for by-pass were too small. Surgery was out of the question. My only option left was to put a stent into the 70% blocked artery and try to do what he could with medicine. Obviously living with 2 blocked arteries and only 1 that would be open wasn’t a positive outlook. They also had done a echogram which tells how much of my heart was damaged. It came back at 45%.
It was Friday and they didn’t do angiograms on the weekend; I had to wait until Monday before he could put the stent in my artery. When I was admitted to the hospital, I had requested for a priest or Eucharist Minister to visit me so I could receive Holy Communion.
On Sunday night a Eucharist minister came to visit me and gave me Holy Communion. He gave me a pamphlet called “Divine Mercy” and explained it to me. I told him I did not know anything about Divine Mercy. The chaplet to Divine Mercy is a powerful prayer. In a vision to St Maria Kowalska in 1935, the Lord revealed a powerful prayer that He wanted everyone to say –The chaplet of the Divine Mercy—-and He promised extraordinary graces to those who would recite it. I read through the pamphlet and recited the chaplet of the Divine Mercy that night.
On Monday I was scheduled for my angiogram. My cardiologist started the angiogram, he was putting the stent into my artery. As he was working on my stent, he told me that he was starting to see some blood trying to get through my newly 100% blocked artery. He said: “I am going to see if I can get a stent into this artery” PRAISE GOD AND THANK THE LORD! It was a success. I now have 2 stents inside of me.
I believe I received a miracle. This is why the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is so special to me. I try to say it every day especially at the 3 o’clock hour, the hour Jesus died on the cross. I went through all my Cardiac Rehabilitation but I needed to find a Cardiologist that was closer to me.
I had all my medical records transferred to my new cardiologist. He wanted another EKG, echogram to see how I was doing. He said he didn’t understand why the surgeon said my arteries were too small for by-pass surgery.
My EKG came back good and my echogram shows my heart working at 100% He told me that the angiogram that was done also showed that the artery that was 100% closed a while ago, made its own bypass. So that I have all 3 main arteries open. MY MIRACLE that I am thankful every day to God.
When you get a chance, get the pamphlet for the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy and read it and pray it.