8 thoughts on “Have You Ever Been Afraid For Your Life?”

  1. More than 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had to have it surgically removed, and there was a non-zero chance that I would not survive the operation.

    Being administered anesthesia before being wheeled in to the operating room was an all-new experience of fear. I was calm, but deeply, deeply afraid.

  2. The one time I should have been afraid for my life, things happened too quickly (I presume), and I was too young to understand the concept.

    When I was a child, I went to visit my friend — who was not home. His home was on the second story of a duplex. There was an outdoor staircase. I presume I made it up near the top; but no one can say for certain. I was discovered many hours later by my younger sister, who saw me rolling on the ground making gibberish-like sounds.

    I don’t remember the fall.

    I was hospitalized for 8 days due to a serious concussion. During that same amount of time I had a form of aphasia — I could not speak intelligible words. I also lost a lot of physical coordination abilities. Luckily, the aphasia ended on the day of my hospital discharge. I spent many years rebuilding my coordination. To this day I suck at performing many athletic or mechanical activities.

    1. I imagine that was scary for your sister and parents as well, Michael!
      I fell from the second story of my house when I was 3, knocking out my two front teeth. I don’t remember it much, but I’m missing my teeth in every picture of me until I was around 8 years old.

    2. That was so scary.
      I remember going to the hospital to visit you ,I stopped at the gift shop & bought a hand puppet, called him Sam.
      When I went into the room I had Sam on my hand , I said in a funny voice
      Hi, I’m Sam I am, you laughed a bit, first smile or laugh since you had been in hospital ,that was such a great joy to me, I knew you would recover
      It was a long struggle for you , you are a fighter Michael
      Love you always Auntie Cathy

  3. When I was 14 or 15, I was playing in a river and was swept downstream by the current. I remember that it took all my strength (and likely a good bit of adrenaline) to get to a sandbar, before I was swept further into a white water part of the river. It was especially scary because my biological father drowned when I was 3.
    Ever since, I experience pain, similar to getting an electric shock, if I try to go swimming or even wash with cold water.

    1. Wow, Cecily. There’s so much you said in those few sentences. I don’t know how to reply other than to say I feel for you.

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