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A mother diagnosed with bone cancer was told that to receive treatment would mean ending her 10-week pregnancy. Instead she turned down the life-saving cancer treatment so that her unborn, but healthy, daughter could have a chance at life, CBSLA reported.
“Maybe I’m not supposed to be here and she is,” Bridges said.
Eight months into her pregnancy, Ashley Bridges was told that her cancer had spread and was terminal. She delivered Paisley early, started chemotherapy, but still has been given less than a year to live by her doctors.
In an a heartbreaking interview about her decision, Bridges and her family members are unable to fight tears.
Bridges, only 24 years old, also has a 6-year-old son. Friends and family have banded together to help take care of Bridges and her children.
“She’s a real-life superhero, to be honest with you,” Bridge’s sister said.
A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.
In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totalling $95,000.
He asked her about the contents.
‘When we were to be married,’ she said, ‘ my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.’
The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two Precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two Times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with Happiness.
‘Honey,’ he said, ‘that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?’
‘Oh,’ she said, ‘that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.’
At one time or another, all funeral directors have wondered during that quiet moment before they start the embalming or cremation, “This person feels warm … I wonder if …?” Some of us may have even brought out the stethoscope once or twice, just to lay those fears to rest. But we continue on, slicing into the carotid artery (or turning on the retort), settling the issue.
Before the popularization of embalming and cremation in the United States, the fear of being buried alive (taphephobia) was slightly legitimate. George Washington had such a fear that with his last words he ordered his staff to wait two days after his death to bury his body. You can click HERE for a slightly humorous record of one such instance from the book, “Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear”:
The fear was so prevalent that measures such as these were taken to assuage people’s fears:
Even in recent history, with all the advancements in medical technology and protocol, there are still instances:
And here’s an article that lists TEN modern day instances of premature burial: “10 People Who Woke Up After Being Pronounced Dead.”
But perhaps this recent account of premature burial is the most terrifying (via The Independent):
Police in Greece are investigating reports suggesting a woman woke up in a coffin after being buried, only to suffocate to death before rescuers could reach her. People visiting a cemetery in the town of Peraia, near Thessaloniki, on Thursday morning reported hearing banging sounds and muffled shouting from inside the woman’s grave, an hour after she had been buried.
They called the police who began digging up the grave to try and save her. However, she was found dead when they reached the coffin.
The 49-year-old woman had been declared dead by doctors treating her for cancer at a private Thessaloniki clinic early on Thursday morning.
A coroner is now expected to examine the body.
Via The Mirror UK:
Rollercoaster passengers were showered with blood after a deer stumbled onto the track of Europe’s longest rollercoaster and was hit by one of its carriages.
The wild animal had managed to get over a perimeter fence at Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon in North Yorkshire.
It was hit reportedly decapitated by one of the carriages of The Ultimate, which hurtles through the forest for over one-and-a-half miles for seven minutes at speeds of over 50mph.
The £5million ride, which was opened in 1991 was closed after the accident on Sunday morning but no-one was injured.
A spokeswoman for Lightwater Valley said: “We can confirm a young deer did unfortunately get hit by The Ultimate train yesterday and was killed instantly