Best-Selling Author Donna Fasano–When Life Deals a Blow to the Heart

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I met secular romance author Donna Fasano in a new group of authors I am working with, Sweet Romance Reads authors (See icon to your left). So though Donna doesn’t write inspirational, her romances are sweet with light sensuality. She shares today When Life Deals a Blow to Your Heart. Here’s Donna:

“A “sister” friend of mine suffered a massive heart attack

just two short weeks ago. I spoke to her one day and she was her normal, vivacious self. The next day, she was near death. As the week wore on, her medical state worsened. She was so close to dying, in fact, that her husband and children made her funeral arrangements. I felt lost and afraid. In an effort to take some control, I did a little research and learned that 1 in 4 women die of heart disease, and that an estimated 38,000 women under age 50 have heart attacks each year in the U.S. But heart trouble can easily be confused with other ailments, like indigestion.


And that’s exactly what happened to my friend.

She thought she was suffering with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). But she was wrong, and we were devastated. But this amazing woman came back. She fought, continues to fight, and she’s still with us. She has a difficult road ahead of her, and her life has changed drastically. But she hasn’t lost her wry perspective or her sense of humor. This strong woman is a fighter. I can only hope I am able to meet life’s blows with the same fierceness, grace, and determination that she has shown. I am honored to know her.

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To purchase, click here. Mountain Laurel

Life also deals a blow to the protagonist of Mountain Laurel.

Laurel Morgan’s sister is traveling down a bad path. Standing by and doing nothing isn’t something Laurel can do, so she acts. Who knew one little kidnapping would lead to a chain of farcical events? Facing difficulty, head-on, is what strong women do, but that doesn’t mean they don’t sometimes find themselves tangled up in crazy messes.

A Heartfelt Request

Oh, and my friend who suffered the heart attack requests that every woman over 50 ask her doctor about taking a stress test. The life you save could be your own.”–Donna

Donna Fasano is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance and women’s fiction. Learn more about her on her blog at, and you can also find her on Facebook at

Donna, thanks for sharing your friend’s experience. I hadn’t thought of having my heart checked but will. This year though in addition to my regular mammogram, I’m facing a colonoscopy. Let me get through that first!

QUESTION: What tests do you dread most? Or is it the dentist?–Lyn


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20 Responses to Best-Selling Author Donna Fasano–When Life Deals a Blow to the Heart

  1. Ruth says:

    Thanks for the reminder. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, please get yourself checked and know the warning signs!

      • Janet Skinner says:

        Donna my youngest sister had her first heart attack at the young age of 42..she 53 now.she now has a stent, even if heart problems run in your family genes, you can improve your own chances by eating right and not smoking or quitting now, people don’t realize smoking makes your blood sticky like sryup, blood doesn’t move very fast in sryup. the platelets pile up and make a blockage, so if you eat unhealthy it will happen.

        • Janet Skinner says:

          I spent the day in the hospital yesterday thinking I was having one. I was lucky .I don’t smoke and I do eat healthy. I have Premature heart beats. they just disrupt the heart rhythms which is common. nothing to worry about so say the doctors.

  2. S.L. Baum says:

    Best wishes for your friend and her family (and for you – her “sister” friend).

    And as always, your novels are the best. I love reading a Donna Fasano book 😀

  3. Dana Taylor says:

    Life is fragile. We have to be aware of the blessings of each day and embrace them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ryan Ringbloom says:

    At age 37 I wound up in the ER this summer believing I was having an intense panic attack. I actually debated whether I should go or not, figuring it would pass. It turned out to be something more. Women should always play it safe when it comes to symptoms they question. The stress of a stress test is nothing compared to the stress of people hovering over you in the ER!
    I can’t wait to check out Mountain Laurel. ?Ryan

  5. I’m glad your friend is hanging in there, Donna. Women do go undiagnosed for heart disease far too often.

    I love the cover of Mountain Laurel!

  6. Donna,
    Thank you for sharing this story. I am glad your friend is recovering. I went through the entire nuclear stress test for my heart last summer. It was scary but the feeling of relief afterward is worth it. Every woman should take this step. It’s easy to put off until… Just do it!

  7. M.P.McDonald says:

    Thank you for the reminder. I hope your friend continues to improve daily.

  8. Donna Fasano says:

    Lyn, thank you for having me on your blog.

    My annual physical is set for April. I intend to ask my doc about a stress test…and I know I’m in for a colonoscopy too. Fun stuff! lol

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