I felt face-to-face with death.

by destiny
(oregon)

I was sitting on the couch watching tv. It suddenly became difficult to breathe, so focused on how I was breathing. I started to feel uneasy so I went to my bed and laid there, focusing on how my heart was beating and how steadily I was breathing. I noticed my heart was beating irregularly so I stood up and paced around my apartment hoping these weird feelings would go away. By body was tingly, legs shaky.. I tried telling myself I was only imagining these feelings and decided that going for a walk would snap me out of whatever was going on. I made it to the end of my apartment complex when I was sure something was terribly wrong. The back left side of my neck went numb, I got cold sweats, couldn't breathe, and by the time I got up the stairs into my apartment, my heart was pounding and racing, my vision was blurry and I was sure that these were the last moments of life I had left. I had my phone in hand ready to call 911 when I started to catch my breath. I had passed the peak of my attack and was able to cope on my own. The following hour or two consisted of feeling that it would come back and I'd have to deal with it all over again, mixed with mental and physical exhaustion. I am at ease knowing that if this happens again, I will recognize the feeling and hopefully not panic even more at the thought of death..

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