Friday, December 22, 2017

Myth-Taken by Santa

Miracle Girl: Myth-Taken by Santa

Children often come back from preschool with contagious diseases. I brought back a belief in Santa Claus.
It didn't take long, though, before the budding skeptic in me cottoned onto the deception....
'Santa is a fake! And all those Santas, in all those malls, they’re all fake too!'
Does the Santa myth remind you of something else?


  1. My epiphany that about the Santa myth when I was four was the first stirring of ... Her idea that she could raise me without Santa Claus was, however, myth-taken. ... A Heartbroken Farewell to Stephanie Savage, "Miracle Girl".click here

  2. Truth be told, between my sibling, sister and myself, I'm astounded there was any opportunity for my Mom and Dad to see. letter to santa


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Coma Girl

Coma Girl

Not a miracle recovery, but a miracle of modern medicine

In 2013 I fell into a six-week coma and nearly died after I contracted legionella. The Legionnaire's disease was in turn triggered by immunosuppression caused by the prednisone I was taking for my rare autoimmune disease, dermatomyositis.

I suffered a series of strokes on both sides of my brain when the sepsis caused my blood pressure to plummet. I fell into a deep coma. My kidneys and lungs began to fail, as my body was began dying one organ at a time. My doctors told my loved ones to give up hope for my full recovery. They expected me to die, and even if I somehow lived, I would remain a vegetable or at best left so hopelessly brain-damaged that I would never be same. But unbeknownst to them, while they were shining lights in my eyes and shaking their heads, I was telling them in my coma-dream--my secular version of a near-death experience--to leave me alone because I was trying to get back to sleep. I was experiencing what is known as covert cognition, the subject of my Skeptical Inquirer article "Covert Cognition: My So-Called Near-Death Experience," which appeared in their July/August issue.

But it wasn't a miracle--despite what so many continue to believe--that I recovered so fully. I owe my life not to God, but the miracles of modern medicine, as well as the nature of the watershed-area brain damage I suffered, as I detailed in my article and in this blog.