Donna Christensen's Story

November 2nd I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy ( a weakened, enlarged heart with a pumping rate of 28%, normal is 60%) 4 years ago. On January 8th, two days after my 38th birthday, I was taken to the Emergency Room with pain in my chest, shortness of breath and numbness running down my face and arm on the left side. I was in Congestive Heart Failure. I was sent home after some tests and put on additional medication. I was referred to the Heart Transplant Center at Newark. In February, I was evaluated and put on the Transplant list. I also have a host of other problems. I was being seen by my cardiologist, every 2 months. The summer seemed downhill because the shortness of breath was so bad, I couldn't walk from one room to another. If I went somewhere, I needed a wheelchair and oxygen. At this time, I was placed higher on the transplant list. It goes from 1-4, 4 means you are in the hospital and only have about 30 days to live. I was a 3. I was now seeing all three doctors every 4-6 weeks. In July, I went to my first Rosary. In August, Ray touched me and prayed over me. Di Di, told me I would see something in 40 days and to let them know. Well in September I started feeling better and little by little I would start walking. By October I didn't need oxygen and my wheelchair. October 23rd, after two weeks of updating my tests, my transplant doctor tells me "there is no signs of any dilated cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure and your heart seems to be pumping at 63%" When I asked if this was possible to happen in such a short time frame, he didn't know. I was pulled off the transplant list, My appointments have decreased to every two months, and my medicines are being kept the same. When I went to my Cardiologist on Thursday, October 25th, He said "Short of a miracle, I don't think it is possible. I will wait for all the test results and then send you to maybe Mount Siani New York" So, as far as I know, it is all because of Ray's Gift from God and their gift to me that I am better

Thanks so much to The Ray Of Hope Foundation.