[Susan Tassone’s story appears on many websites. She has authored a number of books, including Praying with the Saints for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The following is an extract of her testimony in her own words with just slight editing by me]:
On August 11, 1983, the feast of my patron, St. Susanna, I was hit head on and injured by a cab, which left my leg damaged. My doctor told me that my leg was permanently damaged, and that I would have constant bouts of painful swelling and tenderness of the leg for the rest of my life.
The date was even more significant. Fifty years earlier, on that very same day, my great aunt, known as “Little Mary,” who was ten years old at the time, was also injured in a car accident. She died. I survived. A priest told me that my life was spared and that I had a mission. He said that sometimes a sacrifice is made in the family for a greater cause. It shook me up.
I have had a special bond with the Blessed Mother since I was a child. My mother was very active in the parish, and we were very young when she planted the seed for the love of Our lady in our hearts. (I remember, for example, we had the Pilgrim Virgin statue in our home).
In 1993, with the permission of my doctor, I decided to go on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, to pay a visit, experience closeness with Our Lady, and to return home. Our Blessed Mother had other plans. During an apparition on Good Friday night, 1993, I saw an image of Our Lady within a cobalt blue colour. I knew it was Her. They say the white flashes are angels that appear before Her. My knees shook. I knelt to steady them. I was in amazement and awe.
My rosary links turned to gold and my leg, my permanently damaged leg, was healed on Mt Krizevac (Cross Mountain). My doctor said it was a miracle and I was blessed. However, he waited three years before he would document the healing. He wanted to be sure it was real. Three years later, I flew back to Medjugorje to deliver the letter. It is one of the documented medical cases of registered healings in Medjugorje. Fr Slavko Barbaric interviewed me for “Mir Magazine,” the local magazine of Medjugorje.