In Iraq at the end of February 2007, the building she was in took a direct hit from a mortar bomb. For a while, the twenty-three year old woman felt sticky liquid on her body. When pain brought her out of unconsciousness, she realized the building had been obliterated and she was trapped underneath rubble.
Despite her scant chance of survival, she willed herself to believe she would see her daughter again. And so she shouted and shouted. She knew if she gave up, nobody would find her.
'The next thing I remember is hearing voices with American accents, along with a faint sound of digging. Members of the US Special Forces, who were in a neighbouring camp, had heard the explosion and come to help. It took them more than two-and-a-half hours to dig me from the rubble; it felt like an eternity. Then I could hear the clanking of spades getting closer and I heard Karl shout: ‘Hannah, we’re coming! You need to hold on.’
This excerpt comes from Never Broken: My Journey From The Horrors Of Iraq To The Birth Of My Miracle Baby, by Hannah Campbell with Sarah Arnold and Jill Main, to be published next month. Source: Daily Mail.
In our own circumstances, my husband is battling cancer at the moment. He moans, he condemns the health service for not doing enough, or not acting fast enough, he curses the blow life has dealt him. And yet … He keeps fighting. I've never met anyone with a stronger will.
That's saying something because I'm no sloth. I've survived intact despite life's blows.
An alternative way of treating cancer is to visualize sending white cells to fight the bad cancerous ones. That's another form of using your mind to control your body, but you're playing someone else's game. My husband prefers to work in his own way, and shrugs off anyone else's advice.
Do you think you could survive against all odds?