From the back cover of the book: “In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down—overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth . . . and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks—without a trace of cancer in her body! Within these pages, Anita recounts stories of her childhood in Hong Kong, her challenge to establish her career and find true love, as well as how she eventually ended up in that hospital bed where she defied all medical knowledge. As part of a traditional Hindu family residing in a largely Chinese and British society, Anita had been pushed and pulled by cultural and religious customs since she was a little girl. After years of struggling to forge her own path while trying to meet everyone else’s expectations, she had the realization, as a result of her epiphany on the other side, that she had the power to heal herself . . . and that there are miracles in the Universe that she’d never even imagined. In DYING TO BE ME, Anita freely shares all she has learned about illness, healing, fear, “being love,” and the true magnificence of each and every human being! This is a book that definitely makes the case that we are spiritual beings having a human experience . . . and that we are all One!”
I listened to this book while in the middle of my healing process (not that is it actually over at this point) from my sexual assault, and I realized that I, too, had had a NDE, a near death experience, though not in the way that they normally occur. Because my assault was interrupted, which prevented my attacker from following through with his intention to rape me, I was also saved from the punches that were coming my way. The last thing I remember before hearing my guardian angel’s voice was DCD’s fists getting ready to beat the shit out of me because I wouldn’t stop screaming and fighting him. The only way he was going to be able to get control of me was to knock me out. As I’ve said in the past, I was literally fighting for my life. And in doing that, I dissociated from myself from the situation I was in. It wasn’t so much that I left my body and was watching what was happening to me as it was the feeling that I simply was not there. Dictionary.com defines a near death experience as “an unusual experience taking place on the brink of death and recounted by a person after recovery…” Given that definition, that’s exactly what happened to me. I am sure I’ll have plenty more to say on this, but for now this post is about Anita Moorjani’s book and her experience.
I loved the book. Her story is simply amazing. She was, literally, hours away from certain death when her near death experience occurred. What she ‘saw’ and ‘heard’ changed her life forever.