Living an Extraordinary Life after Near-Death



The grill of a 1998 white suburban was suddenly upon me and filled my rear-view mirror as I sat still waiting to make a left-hand turn to buy flowers for my Mother for her Mother’s Day garden during a surprise visit.

I was terrified as I was rear-ended at over 50 mph.

My face slammed into my steering wheel breaking bones around my right eye. My airbag did not deploy. I was knocked unconscious immediately.

The force of the impact propelled my car into on-coming traffic. The second vehicle crashed into the front passenger side of my car at full speed.

The driver’s seat broke at the seat hinge, collapsing. There was nothing to keep me secured against my seatbelt. My seatback broke upon impact. I had no protection. My unconscious body was being slammed around the interior of the car like a rag doll resulting in 18 broken bones, severe concussion with nerve and vision damage.

The Fire Chief commanded the first responders to execute a radical extraction, as “I was dying right before his eyes,” as he whispered in my ear, “I’m sorry, this is going to hurt.” With their orders, the fire extraction team’s mission was to get me out of the car and onto the state police helicopter that awaited to transport me to a level-one trauma hospital 40 miles away.

The pain was unbearable as they used patient lifters to move me from stretchers to hospital beds to CT and x-ray machines as the fentanyl they gave me at the scene

So much screaming. So much pain. Endless tears.

I was alone. I was terrified.

My personal mobile phone was still in the car, making it difficult to reach anyone.

Luckily I had a new company phone in my handbag the first responders transported with me. All the people I tried to call didn’t pick up because of the excessive, abusive and harassing volume of telemarketers calls we all receive. No one recognized the phone number.  After continually redialing, my brother-in-law, answered as I cried that I needed my sister to come to the hospital.

After more than three hours of terror, pain, and faith.  And my angel, my sister arrived. I felt safe and could let go.

That was May 10, 2019.

On June 1st I began to share this experience with the world and share glimpses of my journey as I continually asked myself moment by moment,

“Who Are You Going To Be Right Now Diane?”

As my broken-BODY screams with pain and my fearful-MIND processes the trauma, my beautiful-SOUL craves love, peace, and joy more than ever.

Diane Cashin

I sit quietly, breathe deeply and listen closely as my beautiful soul provides the clarity and guidance I need:

❤️ This is where “I am.”
🖤 The past can never be changed.
💛 In this moment, right now, I begin anew, ever forward.
💙 What do I need, right now?
💚 What is the most ideal choice I can make right now?
💜 What choice will move me closer to living an Extraordinary Life right where I am?

💝 Begin. Keep going. Never Stop.

My SOUL guides my actions to create

“what I want” and “how to get it!”

💟 Forgiveness creates Love.
☮️ Acceptance creates Peace.
🛐 Focusing on my new Extraordinary Life creates Joy.

A life-threatening accident was definitely not part of my life plan.

It completely shattered every aspect of my life, not just my physical body.

This Traumatic, Life-Destructive, Near-Death Experience is now a Permanent Part of


Moment-by-moment, I have the power to choose.

Will I let it keep me trapped and suffering, living my life as a victim?


Will I choose to find the wisdom and gifts I encountered on my journey?

I choose to live!

I choose the wisdom and gifts received on my journey

I choose with each tiny step to create a new life I love.

I choose to focus on the love of family and friends.

I choose to create love, peace, and joy.

I choose to relate to the terrifying image of the 1998 white suburban grill in my rear-view mirror as a metaphor — do not live life trapped by the small past view. Life lies in the big windshield, looking forward and moving forward — ever closer to what I


Ignites me to always keep going and never give up!


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