A Supernatural Warning from beyond the Grave that Saved my Life
A Message from Beyond the Grave
Definition of Paranormal
According to Wikipedia, the definition of paranormal events are phenomena described in popular culture, folklore, and other non-scientific bodies of knowledge, whose existence within these contexts is described to lie beyond normal experience or scientific explanation.
Background Information/I Couldn't Ignore the Signs
To tell you about my story, I must go back in time a bit. The year was 1994...
I received a call one day from a good friend who invited me to dinner at her new place. I was excited to see her and check out this place I'd been hearing about. As soon as I walked into her apartment, I felt like I was transported back in time. This place had beautiful archways that separated each room from one another. The living room and bedroom had old oak wood floors and the kitchen cabinets were built with sturdy thick wood with iron handle latches. The place oozed with history and charm. I felt like I was meant to live there and told my buddy, if she ever moved, please let me know right away.
About a year later, in 1995, I moved into the quaint apartment that felt like home. It was located in a western suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The building had a rich history that dated back many years. This particular complex was built back in the 1800's and was used to house the men that built the railroad. It was a split level with four apartments on each floor.
Because there were only eight apartments in the entire building, everybody knew each other. It was a close knit community that somewhat reminded me of my days in the dorms. I made some really close friendships while living there.
The man that lived below me was a very unique character. People often referred to him as "the grown up sixties hippie." He was in his forties and had long, grayish blonde hair. He usually wore tie-dye t-shirts and straight legged blue jeans.
He and I had a complicated relationship and didn't get along well from the moment we met. I was pretty aware why I had such a hard time with him. He reminded me of the brother I had a love/hate relationship with;. both my brother and the man who lived below me, (we'll call him Jerry) struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. They also shared similar character traits: Charming, master manipulators, smooth talkers, and anger problems that could easily and quickly escalate. There were rare occasions where we were able to put our personality conflicts aside and have some fun.
Jerry's Van had an Odd Quirk: It Wouldn't go in Reverse
Everyone in the apartment building (and surrounding neighborhood) knew about Jerry's interesting sixties van. It was full of personality and painted with bright colors and peace signs. It also had an odd quirk that many found strange. His van could not go in reverse. Jerry had to park the van sideways in the parking lot, so he could drive it straight out.
Fast forward to 2003. Sadly, Jerry was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer. He was in the latter stages of the disease, so going through chemotherapy and radiation wasn't a viable option. He chose to live his life to the fullest with the little time he had left.
Because Jerry was originally from Iowa, many of his closest friends weren't able to attend his funeral. Me and a friend that also resided in the apartment, decided to hold a celebration for him. We held the memorial at a local bar and restaurant that was his regular hang- out. We felt it was important for his friends to have a chance to say goodbye and get closure. We put together picture collages and displayed some of his favorite personal items, like his signature cowboy hat. It was a wonderful affair and celebration of his life.
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A Strange Thing Happened after Jerry's Death
A week after Jerry's memorial, something very strange started happening. My van would no longer go in reverse. I had to start parking my van just like Jerry- sideways, so I could get out. My friends and family thought this might be Jerry's way of saying thanks for the memorial but I felt there was more to it. I distinctly remember a friend saying to me, "why do you think there's more to it, it's not like you have lung cancer or something." I told her I wasn't thinking that, I just had an uneasy feeling that Jerry was trying to tell me something.
Feelings of dread lessened as the days and weeks wore on. I was working full-time at a marketing firm, often putting in over-time to pay off credit card debt. On my time off, I kept busy with a rigorous exercise routine and spending time with friends and family.
February of 2004, one year after Jerry passed away from lung cancer, I too was diagnosed with the disease. I was never a smoker which made it even more shocking. I thank Jerry often for his creative way of telling me something wasn't right. I believe he gave me a sign that he knew I'd understand. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would turn out to be lung cancer. I believe he wanted me to know I was sick so the lung cancer could be caught in time. Jerry was diagnosed at stage four which made it too late. Because of Jerry's warning, I got in for an x-ray at stage three. I am eight years cancer-free this coming St. Patrick's Day.
Rest in peace my friend and thank you for the sign
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© 2011 Linda Rogers