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Dying to Be Me – Book Giveaway!

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Dying to Be Me – Book Giveaway!

We are giving away a copy of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani. Check out this excerpt and don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win the book!

The Day I “Died”

Oh my God, I feel incredible! I’m so free and light! How come I’m not feeling any more pain in my body? Where has it all gone? Hey, why does it seem like my surroundings are moving away from me? But I’m not scared! Why am I not scared? Where has my fear gone? Oh wow, I can’t find the fear anymore!

These were some of my thoughts as I was being rushed to the hospital. The world around me started to appear surreal and dreamlike, and I could feel myself slip farther and farther away from consciousness and into a coma. My organs were beginning to shut down as I succumbed to the cancer that had ravaged—no, devoured—my body for the past four years.

It was February 2, 2006, a day that will be etched in my memory forever as the day I “died.”

Although in a coma, I was acutely aware of everything that was happening around me, including the sense of urgency and emotional frenzy of my family as they rushed me to the hospital. When we arrived, the moment the oncologist saw me, her face filled with shock.

“Your wife’s heart may still be beating,” she told my husband, Danny, “but, she’s not really in there. It’s too late to save her.”

Who is the doctor talking about? I wondered. I’ve never felt better in my life! And why do Mum and Danny look so frightened and worried? Mum, please don’t cry. What’s wrong? Are you crying because of me? Don’t cry! I’m fine, really, dear Mama, I am!

I thought I was speaking those words aloud, but nothing came out. I had no voice.

I wanted to hug my mother, comfort her and tell her that I was fine, and I couldn’t comprehend why I was unable to do so. Why was my physical body not cooperating? Why was I just lying there, lifeless and limp, when all I wanted to do was to hug my beloved husband and mother, assuring them that I was fine and no longer in pain?

Look, Danny—I can move around without my wheelchair. This feels so amazing! And I’m not connected to the oxygen tank anymore. Oh wow, my breathing is no longer labored, and my skin lesions are gone! They’re no longer weeping and painful. After four agonizing years, I’m finally healed!

I was in a state of pure joy and jubilation. Finally, I was free from the pain caused by the cancer that had ravaged my body. I wanted them to be happy for me. Why weren’t they happy that my struggle was finally over, that their struggle was over? Why weren’t they sharing my jubilation? Couldn’t they see the joy I was feeling?

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3:30PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

The article and extracts from the book highlighted so many deeply personal emotions and feelings that so many of us battle with. The truth of how damaging not having self-love is is hugely significant and must never be overlooked. Thank you for the reminder of how special each of ours lives are Anita, and that we must live without fear, because it is that very thing that can turn inwards on us and cause what we dread most.

4:24AM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Great to wake up and read something so inspirational! Thank you!

12:46AM PST on Nov 5, 2012

liberating.....interesting!

7:46AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

I hope it is true as I still cry for the loss of family members .....
and now a brother has lymphoma ...still going through treatment and stats look good .

11:53PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

This is one of the many stories that tell us the same thing - could it be that there is something we need to pay attention to? I'd say, YES, definitely! Especially the fact that we need to LOVE ourselves, and be good to ourselves. Reading this today was a very timely 'reminder' for me, and as I do not believe in coincedences......I think it is about time I act accordingly.
Thank you for sharing your inspiring story Anita Moorjani - May you live in love and happiness!
Namaste!

4:48PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Whenever I read about another's experience of the other side, I feel closer to the experience itself. What courage it takes to write about such a personal experience.

2:08PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

This book is too amazing! I bought one, but before i have a chance to read it, i have given it away. I would like to read it so that i can help people with cancer or any kind of illnesses get well. Thank you!

6:58AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Just this little excerpt left me with emotional tears! I will HAVE to read this book! I hope the library gets it! It is awesome!
I have many friends who are cancer victors!

4:42PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

This give me so much hope! I would love to read the rest.

4:33PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Saw Anita on Wayne Dwyer, public television show, and her story is truly amazing, and since then I have wanted to read her book. That is one question many people have as to what happens to us after death, and it's nice to hear a positive side of a near death experiende.

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