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Gale (
Date:Tue 02 Nov 2010 08:04:15 PM EDT
Subject:Response from others to your stroke?
 I am interested to know about how you are perceived in the work and personal arenas now, and how that differs from before your stroke. What do others say about how you have changed your life? Do they notice it or not? Do you think your experience has made a difference in how those who are close to you live their lives? Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Laurier Côté (
Date:Sun 24 Oct 2010 11:53:49 PM EDT
 Sorry for the errors in the text, but this is not my main language. It happened to me for the first time when I was 17 years old. I was not really looking for what happened to me, I was trying to have an «out of my body» experience, something that I had read in a book. For weeks I fought litterally to calm my body et progressively went through different stages of calmness until one day i was really still for a few seconds and my heart and breathing started to accelerate and I had to stop, afraid to die. But I came back again and again and fought against that wall day after day. Until one day I decided that if I was going to die it was ok, so be it. And passed through this wall, my heartbeat and breathing slowed down and down. In the next weeks I fixed my mental on a vision of a black wall, having less and less thinking or images going on, until one day, I felt «something» coming from my sex - suddenly in full erection - and coming up through my spine and up up until it went through my whole body, my lungs «expanded» and suddenly my head exploded as a white LIGHT invaded everything. At first I reacted so much to this that I just came back as I was before. I had to start again and again until this exercise was really easy to do and I could just stayed in that light after the «surge». Then one day I went further. I didn't felt my body anymore and I WENT into the light and immerse myself totally in it. This was alive moving energy and I was JOY...incredible JOY... An orgasm is nothing at all if you compare it to THAT. During that first time when it happened, I went in and out of IT, went and come back All night long. I was like the bird of the Baghavad-Gita, coming in and out without a feather disturbed. In the morning I was full of an extraordinary energy and experienced many stranges experiences. I saw a white light all around my body extending many meters away from me and I witnessed this energy invading a whole place filled with people who started to be euphoric all around me. They were laughing and looking at each other trying to understand what was going on. I had to quit the place before someone realize that it was coming from ME. I even been able to do some real hard trigonometry problems that i was unable to do during the whole week, and I did this easily in a few minutes. This «state» decreased in intensity progressively during the day and I was «normal» at the end of the day. That was 38 years ago... After that day I did it again a few times but for very short periods, because I was afraid to have an «extended» experience again. Something was telling me that people would found me dead in my bed, a «natural» death following maybe a brain hemorragy. In fact some years later in a book I red something confirming this and it was RamaChrishna who said that if you are not prepared for this it can kill you. Like the butterfly who is killed by the light by going in it. I wrote all this along with all events surrounding «the experience» in a book that I will published one day if I have the chance to do so. This first book is called «The Awakening of the Sleepwalker» and also tell the first 18 years of my life. The second book «The Inner Sanctuary» will take it from there until now. I plan a third one with researchs, experiences and beyond, because I feel, like Sri Aurobindo, that THIS nirvana or whatever IT is called and by whoever tried to name It, is not the end of our search but the beginning of something else. Thank you.

Cristina Soares (
Date:Sun 24 Oct 2010 12:12:57 AM EDT
Subject:Ictus Cerebrale
 Hi, my boyfriend had a stroke (Ictus cerebrale, that's what his father calls it). He is now in a hospital in Treviso, Italy and I'm in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My boss recommended your book and your site. I've tried to buy your book here but can't find it. I honestly don't know how to begin this conversation since all is very new to me. But, if anyone can help I will be grateful. By boyfriend is only 41 years old and I believe he will survive, but I think I might be the only one. On Monday (18 Oct 2010) he was found by his mom laying down on the floor of his room. His parents (old people and very conservative) called the ambulance which took him to the nearest hospital. He was kept in the ICU (intensive care unit??? don't know how to call it in English) for 3 days. Last Thursday (21 Oct) they removed him to Treviso, to a bigger hospital. That same day, the doctors decided to operate. On Friday, his father told me that the surgery was not enough and they would do some "injeccione" - I did not understand what that ment.. (there's also a language problem between his parents and me - italian x portuguese, I do understand and can communicate but not in such circumstances). Today, he was again submitted to another "surgery" and I was told he will be in a pharmaceutical coma for approximately 10 days. I understood that the stroke affected his left side of the brain but this meant nothing to me until now. I'm 12 hours away from him just receiving confusing information. I intend to fly to Italy this weekend but his father told me to wait because I will not be able to see him since he is in coma. I think it is important to be there when he wakes up and I can be of real help. But, I am lost and need some help. Could anyone, kindly, tell me what to do? What should be the procedures after they wake him up? How can I help him to get back to real life? Is he going to have a real life? I'm totally lost and I do need information on this totally new subject. kind regards, Cristina

Anthony (
Date:Wed 06 Oct 2010 07:34:11 PM EDT
Subject:Recovery from TIA's using sleep
 I suffered over 5 years of dealing with TIA's. I had a very unpleasant encounter with the medical industry and decided to find my own cure or just die. I found it in the form of sleep, regenerative sleep to be exact. I have never experienced anything as powerful and as effective as this form of sleep. It does take time to recover, but the level of recovery is far beyond anything I've could have ever imagine! Dealing with Neurological problems is nothing to kid around with, but it is far better to take action to prevent these issues from happening, then to be forced to deal with it after it happens.

Nancy Franklin (
Date:Sat 25 Sep 2010 06:01:01 PM EDT
Subject:my event that changed my life
 Hello all, I had an aneurysm blow while I was sprinting in my bootcamp class at 6:30 am on August 17 2010. I had the worst headache of my life. I knew something was Really wrong. I kept holding the back of my head. I felt like I was going to vomit but never did. I did not just stop exercising, I walked, hoping that the pain would subside. But it didn't. I called my Husband Erik and said "honey there is something wrong". My instructor said make sure you call your doctor. I said I'm not going to my doctor, I will go to one of my attendings that I work for. I have been working for the department of Neurosurgery at UVA for the past 8 years. I got in my car and drove home the back way. I figured if I pass out I would only be going at 25 miles and hour. Yes I know that was not the smartest thing to do but I drove anyway. I got home and took a shower. I told Erik to take me to hospital drive. Dr. Kassels little red Porsche was there. It was Tuesday and there was supposed to be a faculty meeting. I would have walked in there if there was one. It was canceled. But Dr. Kassell was there. I just walked right into his office at 7:15am and gave him the typical line. Dr. Kassell I have the worst headache of my Life. There is something wrong. He said. Well that just bought you a CAT scan. He started calling out the orders to his support staff. He had one of the nurses wheel me down to the ER. Once in the ER they took my history. I went into the CAT scan within 45 minutes.They did their thing. I came back to the ER and one of the staff in there said...Did you get the results from your CAT scan?? I said no. He said well you have a moderate brain bleed and you are going to be admitted and be here for two weeks...I'm like what!!! I can't I have two kids at home, I just got my mom out of the hospital the day before, I got things to do!!!! The coiling happened within 4 1/2 hours after I walked into Dr. Kassels office. I stayed in the neuro intensive care unit for 8 days and then the step down unit. I am very lucky that I work for the department of Neurosurgery and recognized that something was very wrong. I don't have any deficits that I can see. I am still on leave from work and actually return for follow-up on sept. 29th. I do have a different perspective on life now. Each day is a gift...

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