No Longer Afraid of Death

Page says that having his dog Mila to care for has been restorative. Picture courtesy of Tim Page.
Page says that having his dog Mila to care for has been restorative. Picture courtesy of Tim Page.

Tim Page is no longer afraid of death. That’s the one positive takeaway for him after surviving a traumatic brain injury.

Last year, the University of Southern California music and journalism professor — who was also a child prodigy filmmaker, Pulitzer-winning critic, person with Asperger’s, and father of three — collapsed at a train station. He woke up in an ambulance speeding to the hospital. He’s still recovering, still fumbling a bit with the jigsaw pieces of a life a now a little more puzzling, a little more amazing.

Tim has lost none of his generous spirit. Click here to read the full article.


Click here to read another Beyond Adversity post.

Thanks to Tim Page for sharing his story; Tom Huizenga who wrote the article about Post that caught my attention; National Public Radio (NPR) for committing its resources to publishing Huizenga’s article; Ampersand for committing its resources to publishing a different article about Post; Google for helping me find both articles; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, text, and links in this post.




  1. After my craniotomy, I came to the realization that everything I had gone through had proven that I was unbowed.

    Then, I thought about the fact that, while I was on the journey, being wheeled into the operating room for my craniotomy, I said to myself that if god was really existent, that it would manifest itself to me. It never did, and I made it through my 14-hour craniotomy and have kept on improving, in his or her or its absence.

    1. Matt, I am very thankful you chose to share your thoughts, so I hope you don’t interpret my comment the wrong way. I am simply inquiring, not accusing or judging. Do you think it is possible, the “manifestation” you were looking for is the fact you survived? The possibility you were looking for something different is not God’s fault. If the fact you survived is not the manifestation you wanted, have you considered the possibility God might have been working on things much more important than your temporary survival — such as creating a new universe where people don’t kill each other, lie, steal, or cheat. A place where politicians help the populace rather than themselves. The new universe might not have poverty, drought, famine, homelessness, or war. Again, I am not criticizing or judging. I hope you understand and ponder the possibilities. Looking forward to your next comment.

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