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Taking On People's Sickness


I am a 23 year old mother/wife, I have always gotten these certain and sudden feelings throughout my life. I would feel them in the centre of my chest. The feelings would usually almost always be a scared feeling. Like something bad is going to happen, and usually would. But this time it was a bit different.

I was lying in bed a couple of weeks ago, my husband was sleeping beside me and my baby was in her bassinette. I couldn't sleep and it wasn't the same as most other nights when I can't fall asleep. This night I started feeling scared and it wasn't my usual scared feeling like something bad is going to happen, this was different. It just felt different, I don't know exactly how to explain it. I started feeling anxiety, and all of a sudden I got this thought in my head that said "I'm going to die!". I tried brushing the feelings I had away, thinking to myself "I'm not going to die nothings wrong with me..." I kept asking myself why do I feel like this. I wanted to wake up my husband and tell him how scared I felt, and about the anxiety. I just wanted him to hug me and make me feel secure. But I didn't because if I woke him up he would ask me what's wrong and how can I explain when I don't know exactly what's wrong.

But the feelings like I was going to die felt stronger, and my anxiety got worse. Just as I was lying there feeling scared and wondering what's going on and why do I feel this way the name 'MARIE' came to my head. It wasn't a voice exactly in my head, I guess I can explain kind've like a thought. This thought popped into my head that Marie needs help. Marie is my husbands grandmother. She went to the hospital about a week before. She had a heart attack and was diagnosed with double pneumonia. She was very sick and on life support. The doctors said she wasn't going to make it. And told the family to prepare for her passing. She couldn't even move, like she was in an a coma.

But I had these feelings and this thought in my head like I was going to die. I was just lying there with all these thoughts going through my head. Then it hit me, Marie is calling out to me. These aren't my feelings, they're Marie's. I remembered something like this from this book I read when I was 17. It talked about how people can send messages or feelings to one another through what the author called a "channel". She explained in the book how everyone is connected and how to tap in to those "channels".

In the book it has these, I guess you can call them exercises, just like meditating and how to clear your mind and send feelings, even your sense of touch to others. So maybe this is Marie reaching out to me, maybe these are her feelings. I started thinking I need to help her. I started doing an exercise I remember from the book. I was telling Marie to give me her sickness and take my strength. I was saying in my head "I'm strong take my strength, I can handle it, I'm young..." I did this all through this meditation process I learned from the book. I did all the steps. I opened my mind.

I felt kind've weird with this whole experience. Thinking if I went nuts or something. But no harm in trying. After I did the whole meditation exercise, sending strength thing, my anxiety went away and I fell asleep. The next couple of days my chest started to hurt and I started getting a cough. My husband heard from one of his aunties that his grandma started being aware. She could move her eyes look around the room, but still couldn't talk.

For the next week and a half I got really sick. I had a really high fever, I was burning up yet I felt so cold and I couldn't really breath. It felt like I was breathing through a straw. My whole body ached, I couldn't really eat. I couldn't do anything, I was so weak. There was so many things wrong with me. I ran out of breath just blowing on my hot soup my husband would make for me.

But as I was sick Marie started getting better. She is now off life support and moved up to her own room instead of being isolated. She can walk and get up herself. Though I know she will never be the same I'm happy she's doing a lot better. I forgot about what I did that night for a little while, I was just to sick to think about anything else. But when I remember I still wonder if it was real. Was it Marie calling out to me, scared and knowing what her outcome was. I always wonder if what I did was the thing that helped her.

I just can't stop thinking about all the events. Was it me or was it all a coincidence!

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Timfaraos (131 posts)
9 years ago (2015-01-21)
A greek orthodox girl helen, in Turkey, in the 1800s, was a very pious girl, from a young age she helped the poor and the sick, she even prophecied to help people in situations... Her family heard her praying at night: 'Dear god, give me so and so's sins, and i'll take 'her' sins, and 'that one's' sins...' She died 14yrs old... And people kept seeing a bright light over her grave at night. When they exumed her bones from the grave, her right hand was intact and with skin and flesh, and there was a smell of roses coming from the open grave. Another woman in Greece, had a young son lying dead in her house. She went to church and prayed to God for Him to spare her already DEAD son's life! She went home, and said to her son: get up son, you are too young! She lay on the bed and...died! TRUE STORY! I know of greek orthodox monks, who prayed to God to take terminal sicknesses (cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart conditions, paralysis) away from others, and give it to them! And the sick were cured! Some of these monks are now saints, two of which I met! Their names are elder paisios and elder porphyrios (of greece) . Look them up on internet. There's also more than 50 bestselling books on their life, teachings, and testimonies, of their AMAZING miracles! (translated into many languages). TRULY LOVE AND PRAYER MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND! (If we want to help someone in need, better for us weak humans, not to ask God to give us their burden, because we might not be able to carry it... But we CAN AND MUST PRAY FOR THEM, and give to a charity 'in their name'.) If you want me to tell you what happened when I met elders paisios and porphyrios (miracles!), just email me. GOD BLESS! Timfaraos [at]
sheila_verily (1 stories) (5 posts)
16 years ago (2008-10-27)
Dear DL,
I enjoyed your story, and I'm also very glad that you recovered.
What you described as having potentially taken on Marie's symptoms is something I've heard of being done by St Therese de Lisieux. It may be worth your while to read about the life of that very special young woman. (The recent movie is extremely general and doesn't touch much on her gifts.)
I would also like to suggest that if you think you will decide to ever do that kind of healing in future, that as a means of protection you add an additional step of promptly giving the illness up to a higher power for further intervention and Divine healing.
Kind regards and Blessings to you.

PS Having done spiritual readings in the past, I often felt some of what the other person was feeling and it could be uncomfortable. I.e. If they were tired, I was suddenly feeling tired, if they needed to cough then I also needed to cough. However, I always did protection affirmations beforehand and the uncomfortable feeling never lasted.
orbgirl (7 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-30)
I would think you obviously have "psychic" gifts, as you said "I have always had these feelings..." You are surely an empath (empathetic to others' feelings).

I can't imagine it is a good idea to voluntarily take on someone else' illness, but you obviously helped your husband's grandmother. You often hear psychics get the feeling in their body of the one in spirit they are bringing through; that is how they know the person died.

I would advise you consider learning more about your psychic gifts, read some books by psychics such as John Edward, George Anderson. I think it would be very helpful for you to learn more about your gift and how to use it to help others without harming yourself.

God bless.

Lori (guest)
16 years ago (2008-03-30)
Your desire to help your husband's grandma is understandable. However, a better way you could've given her strength without transferring the illness from her to yourself was to have prayed unconditionally for her well-being. Taking on someone else karma or sickness is never a good idea. Unconditional love and light means that the healing goes where it's needed, not where it's wanted or directed by your will - and consequently more in tune with the highest good of all. If it merely goes around, and doesn't actually go away, it's just not worth it.
rhodes68 (10 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-22)
I would have thought it accidental had Mary simply recoved or had you gotten pneumonia but what you are describing, no, I don't think it can be seen as coincidental in any way. I would say your wish to help her and your prayers saved her as she wouldn't have been able to recover from such sickness at this age.

Thank you for a lovely story.

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