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Dying to be me – Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani - Dying to be me
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“Be the magnificent self of yourself”

A Journey from Cancer, to nearly dead, to True Healing doesn’t happen every now and then, is it? How do you feel and what would you do when you died and came back. Would you have a newly-found appreciation for life? That’s what exactly Anita Moorjani, the author of Dying to be me feels after she had a near death experience while fighting from cancer for four years.

First, the title is as mesmerising as the book. I just loved it when I got the reference of this book from one of the Wayne Dyer’s book. I was glad I chose to read it.

The book talks about Anita’s childhood and the traditions shaping her thoughts of living the life in fear. She was diagnosed while living and working in Hong Kong and was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes and lymphatic system after finding a lump on her neck. The story goes to every detail of suffering from the deadly disease and it reached to that point where her doctors informed her and her family that it was “too late” to save her life. The lymphoma had spread throughout her body and had metastasized. She had large lemon sized tumors all over her upper body from her neck to her abdomen. Her body would no longer absorb nourishment, her lungs were perpetually filled with fluid that needed to be drained regularly, and she was connected to piped oxygen.

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But that day changed her life completely when she went into the coma for 30 hours and the family thought that was it. She articulated her state in a most honest and beautiful way that one can connect to her fears, mental blocks, sufferings to the point where one realises that she was dying – to be herself.

No matter how much I try, couldn’t even come close to explain whatever she experienced. You got to read it to feel this magnificent experience that someone went through. I gifted this book to few and recommended to so many. This book will always be a reminder to me of how much precious the life of every one of us is.

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