I was diagnosed with seizure disorder when I turned twenty-five. On that day, I had been at the lake with my cousin all day. Admittedly, I had been drinking beer all day, which is not good with the medication I have to take. By the end of the day, I wasn't feeling very well and after a battle of wills my cousin talked me into letting him drive home. While driving on the highway home I started to feel ‘weird’ and started to feel like I was losing consciousness. I remember my breathing starting to slow way down and I told my cousin ‘I think I am dying’ and then I had a seizure. I don't have any memory after that, of the seizure. That's how they work for me.
The next memory I have is I am laying on the side of the highway and my cousin is on top of me beating on my chest. Then, I am conscious of the fact that I stopped breathing. I am not panicking. I am not scared. I don't know how to explain it. It's like I knew I wasn't breathing anymore but I didn't need to. It was peaceful. I was calm. The next thing I knew I was looking down at my body and my cousin is slapping me on the face and beating me on the chest. I was viewing this from about ten feet above the ground. I could also see a police officer standing to the side, not doing anything by the way, and my cousin would yell at him to do something and he would just stand there. I could see everything. At that point reality hit me and the exact thought I had believe it or not was ‘I have to get back down there’ and my next memory is me taking a deep breath and seeing my cousin and paramedics.
I was later told that it took the ambulance over four minutes to arrive and I had stopped breathing for close to four minutes.
Date NDE Occurred: July 2002
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes seizure Life threatening event, but not clinical death
I was with my cousin. I told him that I felt like I was dying. I had a seizure and stopped breathing.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes In my experience I did not recognize myself as having a body. I just seemed to have everything else.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was fully aware. All five sense were active.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The only sounds I heard were of the cars on the highway and other ‘natural’ sounds.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I really don't remember having any emotions. I did have a small amount of shock feeling when I realized what was happening but not fear.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? 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 At one point I literally said to myself ‘I have to get back down there’ and that was it.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No Only in the way that it is hard for me to believe myself that it actually happened but it is very easy to describe the event because it was so clear and natural.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Not being able to talk to anybody about it.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No