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"This Is My Story" Ben Breedlove Candid YouTube Video Message

Updated on December 30, 2011
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I wanted to write about this story because it touched me deeply after seeing it tonight.

Ben Breedlove 18, died on Christmas Day of a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He had a YouTube site where he posted tons of videos. One that made a huge impact on many people was this one entitled "This Is My Story". In it Ben shares his story about battling his disease only showing some flash cards with written messages on them while music played in the background. He talks about cheating death three times and seeing a "big bright white light" and feeling at great peace. The last time before he passed on December 6, while he was going into cardiac arrest, he had the same feeling as before at great peace while standing in a huge white room with his favorite rapper Kid Cudi. They were both in suits and the rapper put his hand on his shoulder while his song Mr. Rager played. Then the part where "when will the fantasy end and heaven begin" came on and he told him to go now. At that moment he woke up CPR being performed on him. The video ended with Ben asking us "Do you believe in God and angels? I do." The video has gone viral and has inspired many other videos from other people.


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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago

      @ Cheryl yes it moved me too. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      @ Stricklydating I think so too. Thanks for reading. :)

      @ Always I loved that part too. It was sad but inspiring as well. Thanks for reading and commenting. Always good to see you.

      @ Deborah thank you for stopping by and sharing. Always great to see you. Happy New Year to you too.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      so very sad.. and heart breaking. Great HUB. I am crying for this boy.. and his family.

      I voted up and beautiful

      Happy New Year.


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I saw this on the news and it made me so sad. I loved that he told of seeing a light beacon once before when he almost died. Thank you for sharing...

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      StricktlyDating 5 years ago from Australia

      I saw this in the news recently and I'm sure his family would be so proud of him.

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      dare2baware 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for sharing Caroline. Very sad, but also very inspiring.

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      I'm glad you hubbed about this young man, I had seen his video on the Yahoo feed and I was deeply touched by it. thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago

      @ Sky thank you again. I am glad you liked it.

      @ Suewan thank you for stopping by reading and watching. Life can be so sort for some, but can make a huge impact on so many people. Thanks for the comment!

      @ Mathira thank you for reading and watching. You're comment means a lot.

      @ Ghaelach It's always unfair when a life is taken from us. Thank you for stopping by and reading and sharing. It's always nice to see you.

      @ Debra very true. This inspired me to be the best that I can be and to give my best to the world. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      Debra Verville 5 years ago from USA


      As this moved me to tears my heart swelled.. thanks for sharing. This is a perfect reason to step back and realize just what compassion is and how much each and every one of us is truly blessed.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Morning Caroline.

      I have a friend that is over 50 years who had a twin sister that was taken from him at the young age of 17. From that day on he never believed in god or the church.

      I wonder what Ben's parents are thinking about as their son that was also taken from them so young.

      Very sad.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      mathira 5 years ago from chennai

      Caroline, I was moved to tears.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Caroline

      Thank you for sharing this video. I did not know about Ben Breedlove.

      I admire the strength and faith this young man had.

      He had such a beautiful smile.

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      These are unselfish things and I love them C. After all it was a living human , putting aside self and sharing, the best he had, beautiful.


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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago

      Hi Sky! Nice to see you! Yes that's true. I'm sharing this story because I think it can inspire a lot of people. It inspired me. I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by and reading.

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      Sky9106 5 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      That's great Caroline , the moment something touches you, sharing is a great place to start because there are many out there like you but not in your body , they are telling you Welcome and thanks.

      Would watch the video in a minute.


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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago

      Raciniwa thank you for stopping by. Always a pleasure. This video is sad but I believe that Ben is at peace now. Happy New Year to you.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, this is so sad...