I was diagnosed with stage three rectal cancer in May 2012. I began rigorous chemotherapy and radiation treatment for the entire months of June and July 2012. During this period of time, I lost twenty-two pounds which brought my weight down to eighty-eight pounds. After my last round of chemotherapy in July, I was admitted into the hospital for a high fever, dehydration and colitis. I was in the hospital in isolation for a week while continuing my daily radiation treatment. When I was released, I was told I had to return to the hospital in three days for blood to be drawn. While walking out of the hospital after getting my blood drawn, I passed out and landed square on my face and chin. My husband was with me and he started shouting my name and begging for someone to come and help. He told me later that I stopped breathing completely for a few minutes.During this time, I had no idea of what was happening in the real world. All I felt and knew was a great peace, a calm. I did not know where I was, but I had never felt such peace and calm in my life. Nothing hurt, and all I wanted to do was rest and not leave that place because what I was feeling was like no feeling I had ever felt before and I knew Jesus was there with me because I heard myself saying, 'Jesus, I don't want to leave.' Then I heard my husband, faintly, shouting my name to wake up, and I fought it. I tried to stay where I was with Jesus, but his shouting finally got through to me. At that point, I knew that because someone was shouting my name, I had to 'go back.' My husband was crying and telling me that I had stopped breathing and I had just laid there very still. Back in this reality again, I remained in a peaceful, calm state because of where I had just come from, and I was not afraid.
Date NDE Occurred: 'August 6, 2012'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I heard my husband shouting, but only after several moments.
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal It was so clear and like nothing I had ever felt before.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I felt calm and peaceful and knew I was there with Jesus.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and God, but had never experienced such a closeness to them as I felt during that experience.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear very well within the world where I was, but for a momentary time I could not hear my husband shouting. All I heard was myself saying that I didn't want to leave the peace and calm.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place I didn't see a clear place, only knew that I was with Jesus in a peaceful place.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Immense peace and calm.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will Hearing my husband shouting my name and telling me to wake up made me come back.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian Christian - Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian Christian--Baptist
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin I felt as if I was sitting next to Jesus.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? Yes Jesus
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with my husband, but not until a few days after because I didn't want to scare him, and also because I was dealing with so much pain and healing after my cancer treatments that it took a lot out of me even just to think about a lot at one time.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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