When I was diagnosed with stage 3+ Hodgekins Lymphoma last January I was given a 50% chance of survival. I thought at the time that this was a lot better than the lottery and I beat it.
The process wasn't pleasant and the cure is a little like pouring boiling oil into wounds, but I am still here and sometimes that amazes me! I don't feel as if I were "near death", I never had that
spiritual or existential feeling. There was no "light at the end of the tunnel" and I felt very much alive during this whole process, not to say that it was enjoyable. For seven months I knew with the chemo-therapy that every morning would be a little worse than the previous. How hard would I be dragged through the mud today? Now I am healing and every day is better! That is a wonderful experience that most people don't get in life. I KNOW that today will be a great day! and I know that today will be better than yesterday. That is pretty cool.