June 12, 2017

June, 2009, I was running outdoor sprints with a weight vest during a training exercise. At the time, I was in good shape and running was a daily activity. This day, I had trouble catching my breath. Later, I had nagging indigestion that wouldn’t go away.

By 11:00 that night, the annoying indigestion had progressed to squeezing chest pain. I called my husband who said, “it’s probably stress” I agreed but decided to drive myself to the hospital to get checked out.

An hour later, the doctor on call came in and said, “Don’t get excited.” “What?” I asked. “You’re having a heart attack.” “No” I said in shock “Yeah” he said. “I almost let you go but there was an irregularity on your EEG I decided to check out with a blood test.”

Many tests later showed I contracted a virus called Myocarditis which caused cardiac arrest.

I later learned that for many, the first symptom is sudden death. A high percentage of virus survivors require a heart transplant. I had a year long recovery that included supervision by a cardiologist, no cardio (a nightmare for a runner) and a variety of tests to monitor my progress.

I made a full recovery with no permanent damage to my heart. All of my doctors declared me a miracle. I’m thankful for God’s protection and even in scary and unpredictable circumstances, He is in control.

God alone directs my life and controls the day of my death. I can trust Him in all things – I can trust Him with my life.

More about LizPetruzzi

I'm a free spirit. I hate rules and legalism. I love art and nature, music, the beach and dogs. I like to garden, take pictures and read. I tend to speak my mind and have a rip-the-band-aid -off approach to life. (Brace yourself, this might hurt.)

    1. Wow! What a miracle you are! And such a wonderful reminder that God knows the number of our days. We can trust Him. Thank you for sharing your story.

      1. Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•I’m hoping this page becomes a place people can receive inspiration and hope. We all need to read stories of God’s faithfulness – life is hard! I truly appreciate you taking the time to stop by!

    1. I knew you were a miracle- even before reading the story! ๐Ÿ’—

      1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• I appreciate you reading and commenting โค๏ธ

    1. Wow! I am so so so glad that you felt something was wrong. And seriously! What a miracle indeed to find out that normally the symptom of your condition could have been SO much worse. Thankful that God held you in his loving arms and that you are ok. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’• You are an amazing example of strength and faith! ๐Ÿ˜˜

      1. Thank you๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•so are YOU an example of strength and faith – girl, you are amazing! God kept me around to be Joe’s mom I think. โค๏ธThank you for reading and commenting

    1. Such a powerful story, Liz! Your intuition to drive yourself to the hospital was a life saver. I thank God for watching over you safely. Blessings!!!

      1. Thank you! Many drs said I should have died – no doubt God saved me. Thanks for reading and commenting! I’m your newest fan for sure! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

    1. You are a living miracle my sweet sister friend! God is in control and he has great plans for you! You bless so many people. God is our protector and He has our life planned until the day we go home! Thank you for sharing your life and doing Godโ€™s will! This is a great reminder that He is the way the truth and the life. John 14:6 ! Love you my sweet sister๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ

      1. Love you back! Thank you for a great comment. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ There’s nothing to add!

    1. Beautiful testimony! Thank you for sharing how God has personally worked in your life! I am so glad God’s plan included you getting the medical help you needed! Blessed to know you!!

      1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for reading and commenting….yes, God is faithful and totally saved me – in more ways than one. Blessed to know you too…thank you again for being here… it means a lot to me.

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