First I have to explain I'm a type 1 diabetic. I was going to go out to dinner with my parents and took an insulin injection to counteract the food I was going to eat. My father got off work late so we didn't go to dinner as soon as I thought we would. I was at my parents sitting on the couch when they said I begin acting funny almost drunk which is an indication of diabetic hypoglycemia. I remember standing up telling my parents I wasn't feeling well and then collapsing to the floor. When I first fell to the floor, I was still conscious. I remember lying there looking at the carpet but my eyes weren't blinking. I remember an echo type noise, my parents shaking me, and my dad calling and talking to a 911 operator.
I remember I began to have seizures then I was gone. Everything was very dark but in the center, there was a very bright light. In the center of the light, my niece was dancing around very happily. It was a good feeling and my niece looked very pleased and happy. She looked like she was far away and I remember I felt like I was smiling at how well she was dancing. She was also singing. I felt very emotional and begin to cry. Next thing I remember, I was waking up to a room full of emergency medical technicians and firefighters. They had an IV in me and were giving me sugar water. Later on, I talked to my parents and they said my eyes never closed and I had tears streaming down my face. The experience felt very real and as if I was passing away or being prepared to leave my body.
Date NDE Occurred: May 2007
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Illness I'm a type 1 diabetic. I went unconscious due to hypoglycemia attack. 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
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How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I guess I would have to say during the whole thing until I woke up.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
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? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My niece was dancing in a light and she wasn't very clear.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My niece was singing but it wasn't as clear as if she was standing right next to me singing now.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I saw my niece, who is still alive, dancing and singing in the light. We did not communicate at all.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The light was very bright and there was complete darkness around it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt extremely emotional. I actually begin to cry. It was almost like I was sad because I was leaving my niece but I still felt good about it.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The event was meaningful because it made me feel at peace with death and dying and my disease.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with my family the next day. They didn't seem to understand but I haven't ever been one to tell tales so they believed me.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had heard of people experiencing it but I didn't believe it until I went through it.
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