In September 2019, a bishop at the Knock Shrine officially declared that 30 years earlier a seriously ill woman was 'healed' during her pilgrimage to Knock. This was a landmark moment: the first time the Catholic Church has acknowledged the curing of a pilgrim at this shrine. That woman was Marion Carroll and her healing is internationally recognised as something that 'defies medical explanation'.
On her day of amazing grace in 1989, Marion, from Athlone, Co Westmeath, was in her late 30s and facing a bleak future. A wheelchair user, she was incontinent, blind in one eye, partially sighted in the other - and mother to two young children. She describes herself as an 'invalid' with 'wasted' muscles and 'severely affected' speech caused by a long-standing, debilitating illness diagnosed as MS.
But after attending the Anointing of the Sick and receiving a blessing, Marion was able to step, pain-free, from her stretcher and walk again - a life-changing, 'beautiful, magnificent feeling' which conventional medical wisdom is unable to account for.
When Marion set off on her journey as a pilgrim, she was praying not for recovery, but that God would look after her husband and children when she died. Now she has five grandchildren of her own. Her first instincts after she found herself able to walk, talk
and see perfectly at Knock was to 'laugh it off', so incredible was the transformation. And in the years that followed, she waited until September 2019 for the Catholic Church to officially recognise her cure.
Here for the first time, with humour and grace, Marion tells the incredible, moving story of her life and that of her family before and after her miracle cure.