Non-fiction's not always an unhappy story

I’m telling her story, the woman who experienced drowning -
or what she recognised as drowning when life flashed through mind within a few seconds in a hospital room. Unexpected news, grave, and not carefully explained. Her swimming head grappling worst case scenario printed on shocked faces. They stared at her, these faces, waiting. Waiting for her reaction, not expecting her questions. Answers came with bends to them, they seemed like tunnels to go down from which there’d be no escape.
In her drowning moments, her family swished back and forth across her consciousness, as wipers swish across a windscreen. Short time, no time; time is short, no time; family, short time; family, no time;
how much, is time?
We all die it’s just that sometimes the timing doesn’t fit into preconceived ideas of how a 2011 year was supposed to pan out. For her anyway.
After the news.
Her days and nights seem altered forever – for what her forever would be.
She entered beyond the veil of surreal – and in the night when she woke her consciousness seemed ‘out there’ , somewhere between the living,
and the dead.
She went automatic, seeing to loose strings and planning for – journeys.

Angels, busy behind scenes, worked delicately to make a wise move.
Appointments arrived quickly via mail. How much is time ?
Hope, seems to give an impression of great amounts of time.
She saw the surgeon the behind the scenes ‘angels’ found for her through their ‘speciality’, their measures of good management.
The surgeon appeared to her to be as just the right sort of angel; he told her all she needed to know, and that is, the facts, exactly how it is. It’s serious yes. But the good news is the 50/50.
And when she heard the bad 50 might not happen for 10 years, she almost cheered, at the least she grinned her cheering smile. Ten years ! Anything can happen in 10 years; she might be killed crossing a road, so what ! This, was wonderful news ! She immediately changed up a gear to top positivity.
After that, steps at a time, no info overload, scans and tests, life all good, preparation sensible, actions into plans, plans into actions. Smiles for the world, meals for the freezer for homecoming after surgery. Self expression confessed gratitude and luck. Second chance waved like a winning flag. Scans were windows of opportunity. Forthcoming surgery spelt lifesaver.

Operation over, she was back home, grateful but feeling vulnerable, off -balance by drugs, concentration stuffed, too sore for bed, sleeping in a recliner a great option, rest bliss for all moments. Housebound, cryptic puzzles to exercise brain.
Visitors lovely. Exhaustion came after. Flowers cheered. Cards spoke love. Family – family wonderful, no words could describe.
The surgeon? He phoned. Good news. All clear.
And before long, she’ll be visiting a site called RedBubble, more often than in quite a while. There’ll be time enough.

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Friends will know ‘her’ identity.
Thank you for your prayers and messages.
Love to all.


  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooalmost 4 years ago

    wow, powerful and emotive…so glad things have turned out well…great write!

  • Thank you Simon, I’m looking forward to coming back to read your works soon oxo

    – Del Millar

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 4 years ago

    Oh thank you for bringing our Beautiful Del back to us safe. I have tears my dearest friend reading your story. I know her well and so glad she (you) is (are) safe and back with us. Powerful heart moving story. Sending lots of love and prayers to you Del. Thank you for letting us know about your story and outcome of your operation. xx

  • Thank you Anthea there’s been a number of challenges through this for sure, but much to smile about and then there’s seeing you here :) oxo

    – Del Millar

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 4 years ago

    I have chills and tears. Grateful you are here precious Del. You are one beautiful soul who I appreciate so very much. Would hug you to pieces were you right here in front of me. You are probably glad you’re not! LOL Sending bunches of hugs and much love and wishes for all good things always. what an incredible journey and write.
    shar XOXOXOXOXO ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Thank you Shar yes I’m limited to creative hugs at mo :) but the thought is there and thoughts are kindnesses and healing and very special, as you are, oxo

    – Del Millar

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Liz, tears of happy are three awesome words, and are onward and upward are the way to go bless you oxo

    – Del Millar

  • JaneClaire
    JaneClairealmost 4 years ago

    Oh I’m so happy you are alright Del, love you. xx

  • Thank you Jane, great outcome because prognosis was all a bit grim at the start – especially as was overlooked by a specialist for 5 years; these sort of scenarios usually don’t hold any hope – so lucky!
    awesome to see you here to share my happy :) oxo

    – Del Millar

  • linaji
    linajialmost 4 years ago

    genre: writing/paint,pen,pencil ~ April 1, 2011

  • Thank you Lina and VaVoom, means much to have this featured,
    I much appreciate. And as an opportunity to say here to everyone,
    that sometimes to put full trust in a specialist is not enough,
    that to trust one’s instincts is wise – for this story is about a miracle;
    I urge anyone not to go with casual 99 percent certainty, which occurred over the 5 year period of consultation, but to doubt the 1 percent.
    Love oxo

    – Del Millar

  • homeartist
    homeartistalmost 4 years ago

    So there is a guardian angel after all. Best wishes to you on your recovery. Lovely, intuitive write.

  • Thank you indeed yes a guardian angel :) Thank you for your kind wishes oxo

    – Del Millar

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 4 years ago

    brilliantly and profoundly written! very touching!

  • Thank you Charmiene

    – Del Millar

  • devotee1
    devotee1almost 4 years ago

    Powerful and Inspiring! xox

  • Thank you Joe

    – Del Millar

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