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Old 02-25-2011, 05:47 PM   #61
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Congrats! We have a close friend who battled breast cancer last year...so far so good. I like to hear stories like yours! Glad to hear that 11 years later all is well!

Thank you. I hope the best outcome for your friend.
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Great stories everyone!

It's fun for me to see the very long term follow up of some common neonatal problems: Alan's exchange transfusions (obviously not for Rh alloimmunization, but perhaps another antibody?) and Walt's surgery for esophageal atresia (probably associated with tracheoesophageal fistula)....glad you're both doing well!
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I was stupid but lucky in my youth - hitchhiking, fast living and out for adventure. I survived a number of close calls to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer Oct. 4, 1999. Lymph nodes involved, 4 types of chemo, lost my hair, grew it back and then repeat with more chemo. I won't go into the details but Thankful to say more than 11 years later, no sign of cancer. For awhile there - really thought I was gonna die.

Congratulations on eleven years Cancer free !
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Fourteen years ago, on New Year's Eve, I skidded on ice coming home from work while stupidly driving a small sports car unsuitable for the weather. I headed straight into the path of a tractor trailer truck but then (blessedly) skidded off the road again into a thicket of bushes. The car prepared for the impact by disconnecting the gas line so I know I landed with a pretty good jolt. I am grateful that no one (including myself) was injured. I was very shook up for a long time. I now drive a huge beast of an SUV in the winter.
Also, when I was a toddler, I was almost kidnapped, according to what my parents told me. I was too young to remember it, but my parents took me to a flower show and there was a power outage where everything went dark. My mother reached down to take my hand when this happened and felt me being pulled away from her rather violently but she hung on. The lights suddenly came on and a very hard looking woman was yanking on my other arm. My mother shouted at her and she dropped my arm and ran off. I shudder to think what that was all about, but I was always very careful to keep a close eye on my own small child when I became a parent.
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It is a very personal experience, and I hesitate to share fully what I experienced - because it is so close to my soul. But, I think it may help some of you who have doubts about a spiritual reality. I had a full-on near death experience. I was with a being of light, and at one with this light; I "knew" that:

1. There is no such thing as death
2. There is no such thing as an accident
3. Everything is perfect, because everything is working according to the laws of the creator - even when things appear to be tragic.

I felt myself being sucked back into my body, and came-to in the recovery room, and knew that what I experienced was no dream. It has remained the most profound experience of this lifetime. I grieved for some time, because it was so beautiful "over there," and so difficult "here."

I think about that experience almost daily, and live accordingly.
antmary,

Thanks for sharing your experience.

My father had a very similar experience after he was gravely injured during WWII. He always told us that it was so 'glorious' over there that he was totally at peace with dying. He lived many more years and died at age 89. When he passed, as I knew he was going to this 'glorious' place, I was sad that he was gone but not wracked-up about it.


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Old 02-25-2011, 07:51 PM   #66
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Philippines - 1970 Landslide on base wiped out our courier station killing two shipmates and sending five of us to the hospital. I had a fractured skull and a dislocated shoulder with a huge rotator cuff tear.

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antmary,

Thanks for sharing your experience.

My father had a very similar experience after he was gravely injured during WWII. He always told us that it was so 'glorious' over there that he was totally at peace with dying. He lived many more years and died at age 89. When he passed, as I knew he was going to this 'glorious' place, I was sad that he was gone but not wracked-up about it.


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I am happy for you that your father imparted such comfort. If there is one over-riding message that was given to me it is this: the world - the other side that I visited - is made out of love. And, I experienced this love as an actual substance, the essence of life itself.
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when a student pilot shut down both engines 800 ft. above the ground (plane only had two engines!)
arriving at Iwo Jima and not being able to land because of bad weather
Landing with an engine problem on a single engine aircraft
doing aileron rolls in+ a VW buss do to black ice
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SA-2 missile
37 mm
23 mm
50 cal
bird strike at 500 kts and 1,000 ft
when a student pilot shut down both engines 800 ft. above the ground (plane only had two engines!)
arriving at Iwo Jima and not being able to land because of bad weather
Landing with an engine problem on a single engine aircraft
doing aileron rolls in+ a VW buss do to black ice
Oh, and that is my but look big thing.
I've had related experiences but it's that last one where I think I came the closest to buying it...
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Perhaps the one time I went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico (or was it the Pacific?) and a large wave fell on top of me, forcing me down to the bottom of the beach floor at the time and then pulling me back out to sea, scraping me along the way - I remember things really slowed down and I wondered if I would ever pop up....weird - you really do see your life pass by you - all of your sensory inputs go on full open, possibly causing that slowing down feeling....
I thought I was adventurous, but compared to some of you all.....
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He had started talking about his older brother's '55 Crown Vic that would put the T-Bird to sleep (yea, two young teens throwing trash talk at each other).
I made it across the tracks with about two seconds to spare, when the train whizzed by in my rear-view mirror.
So... did you try it again with the '55 Crown Vic, or did he decide to concede your point?
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In 1977 I had an ectopic pregnancy. By the time I got to the hospital my blood pressure was 80/40. They rushed me to surgery, and I almost died; I had lost much blood.

It is a very personal experience, and I hesitate to share fully what I experienced - because it is so close to my soul. But, I think it may help some of you who have doubts about a spiritual reality. I had a full-on near death experience. I was with a being of light, and at one with this light; I "knew" that:

1. There is no such thing as death
2. There is no such thing as an accident
3. Everything is perfect, because everything is working according to the laws of the creator - even when things appear to be tragic.

I felt myself being sucked back into my body, and came-to in the recovery room, and knew that what I experienced was no dream. It has remained the most profound experience of this lifetime. I grieved for some time, because it was so beautiful "over there," and so difficult "here."

I think about that experience almost daily, and live accordingly.
This is so beautiful antmary. I have to believe it is true. Did not have your experience but definitely had some things happen the last 2 days of my moms life that make me believe "there is another side". I too was struck with how profound it was.
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Had a pickup truck come over the top of a hill in my lane on a two lane highway. Happily I'd driven this road a hundred times and knew I could take the shallow roadside ditch at 65 mph without hitting anything.

Everything else - tearing the end of my nose off at age 8, getting hit in the face with a piece of rebar, telling my future wifes dad she was pregnant - only hurt.

And the only motorcycles were lazily around the pasture, else my dad would have killed me.
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About 2 seconds and 30 yards but then I changed my mind.

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So... did you try it again with the '55 Crown Vic, or did he decide to concede your point?
Let's just say he left a "racing stripe" on the passenger seat and nothing more was discussed ...
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Canoeing on the Whitewater river with big group. One party lost the canoe in a log jam. Me and a bud waded out to see if we could recover the canoe. He went down. When I pulled him to his feet I went down. I was swept into the log jam. I was pinned down. I could see the light/sky under about 4 feet of water. There was our canoe, bent in half and another canoe down there with me. I managed to pull myself up on the log and was hugging it, current against my back. I shimmed up far enough to get my head out of the water and just hung on. I waited a couple of minutes for my strength to return. The next decision was if I let go over the top of the log, would the back wash current hold me in place. Like at the bottom of a dam. I finally got enough nerve to rotate over the top of the log, let go and swam for it straight down stream.

We came back with a chain saw and cut the log(from down stream). The other canoe was in perfect condition. Our group had to pay for the bent canoe. The rental place would not take the other undamaged canoe because it had a license on it. They did contact the owner and he said thanks.

And then there was that time at band camp............
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