One day she knew she was dying. She could not explain to anyone how she knew, but she felt calm that the end was near. When she died, she discovered her true purpose.
Cherie Aimée, died in her husband’s arms. She had no heart beat for 90 minutes. But that was the beginning of her remarkable story.
According to Forbes.com, Aimée is a “well-known medical miracle to the world’s leading cardiothoracic surgeons.” Major news and TV networks have interviewed her. According to her website, she is CEO of a digital branding firm, #1 best-selling author, motivational speaker, and creator of 4 different brands including @bustingoutofobscurity, @livebigbehappy, @sexyheartwarriors, and @cherieaimee.
Her health problems started when she was child. In an interview with Thrive Global, Aimée tells about being born with a “wandering pacemaker,” a condition she said was the doctors’ way of saying, “‘We have no idea why your heart beats fast.'” When she was 12, she was diagnosed with an arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation, which she told Thrive Global was clasified as nonthreatening. She controlled the condition with medication for years and was very active as she grew up, playing sports, studying dance in college and practicing Tae Kwon Do for a few years.
In 2008, two months after her wedding on a rare 75-degree October day on a mountain top in Connecticut, Aimée learned she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Diagnosed at Stage 2B, she had six months of chemotherapy and went into remission. She has been cancer-free for the past eight years, according to Thrive Medical’s article.
She began feeling something was wrong with her body three weeks before she experienced cardiac arrest. She told Thrive Medical she began having difficulty breathing, waking up in the middle of the night “as if I was having a panic attack.” Over the next few days, she “noticed my breathing symptoms getting progressively worse,” and would “collapse to the floor hyperventilating” in the middle of the day.
After visiting a local emergency room, Aimée “started to realize something was seriously wrong.” She “could tell that what I felt in my body was not normal,” describing the feeling as “a knowing deep in my soul this was not a normal cold or virus.”
She says that is when she knew she was dying, and it was her fate.
Death and the after-life
Aimée told Thrive Global that she does not remember “anything from the day I died other than the last few seconds before it happened — which I remembered four months after that near fatal day.”
“I asked my husband the night before to promise me that he would take care of my beagle if anything were to happen to me. He assured me he would and I cried myself to sleep knowing the end was near.”
Her husband rushed her to the hospital after she complained that both of her arms felt heavy. She told Thrive Global they arrived “10 minutes before I flatlined in his arms, due to cardiac arrest.”
As soon as she died, Aimée said she remembers “finding myself floating in white light.” She said she knew exactly where she was: she had died and crossed over. “It was instant and pain-free,” she told Thrive Global. “I remember feeling so relieved at how easy it was,” adding that she had spent her whole life “worrying about death and would the transition hurt.” She said it “was quick and painless.”
One interesting aspect of her dying, she said, was that she “felt emotions and memories from the life I just left – but solely from a place of love.” According to the article, “the heavy burden of guilt, shame and worthlessness seemed to have detached” from her soul, making her feel “as light as a feather and free as a bird.”
When she first “crossed over” into the afterworld, she told Thrive Global, she was “greeted by a group of beings” and that they “communicated telepathically. She said these beings “felt familiar, as if I had known them for lifetimes.” These beings, she said, showed her her”lifetime review when I didn’t want to go back to my physical life.” In addition, they were the beings she told that she wanted to return to her life.
In her journey in the afterworld, Aimée said she also met her grandmother and a family friend who had “always been a secondary father-figure growing up.” They needed her help, she said in the article, to “find peace from the loved ones they had left behind who were unable to move on without them.”
Discovering her true purpose
Since her near-death experience (NDE), Aimee is no longer afraid of death, knowing “now the soul never dies.” This knowledge, she said in the article, has freed her to “truly live my life from a grounded place of power.” When she died, she discovered her true purpose and is “certain of my mission here in this world.”
Regarding her health, she is cancer-free and has been for eight years. She said that “as a result of her near-death journey,” she was on life-support for many months. ” I was eventually upgraded to a portable life-saving device called a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) or bionic heart.” This device kept her alive for almost five years when she then received a heart transplant.
And she has discovered her purpose in life: “consulting entrepreneurs and businesses on branding, writing for Influencive.com, and growing my startup for women with heart disease and heart failure.” She also runs a community called “Live Big Be Happy, inspiring entrepreneurs and leaders to life a life of no regrets.”
She said, “I am happy and healthy now, sharing my lessons, learnings and love with the world.”
To learn more about Aimée, visit her website, cherieaimee.com.
Want advice on knowing what you should do with your life? Read Aimee’s advice here.