5. My appendix burst and I came close to dying
“I had terrible pain in my stomach for a couple of days. At first I wrote it off as the flu, which was odd because I hadn’t thrown up at all. On day 3 I woke up in horrific pain that almost immediately disappeared. Turns out my appendix had burst and if I had waited another day I could have died.” — tallandlanky
6. The bar we visited was shot up
“I was at a bar in October of 13 or 14 if I recall. Anywho I lived in a particularly rough neighborhood at the time, and I was enjoying a few drinks and such a day before Halloween night.
I had this horrible feeling of uneasiness looming in the back of my mind, so I told my buddies I’m turning in for the night. They called me the next morning and informed me that the bar had gotten shot up and like 3 people were injured.
It was about 2 hours after I left if I recall.” — saberaltersan
7. The woman my mother married abused us
“My father started publicly dating a woman shortly after my mother died (I later learned she’s likely the woman he’d been having an affair with before she died). I liked her. One evening my father took me to one side and and asked how I’d feel about him asking her to marry him. I got an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach and felt nauseated. I told my father I didn’t want him to and he asked why as he thought I liked her. I explained that he did like her but had a bad feeling and he said “that’s just a feeling, they don’t mean anything”. He already had the ring and proposed straight away. I got really excited about the engagement), the wedding, moving house, and my impending little sister.
After the wedding she changed. After my half-sister was born she went batshit. She abused myself, my full sister (my mother’s child), and later my half sister (her own child). He only left her when my doctor told him something was clearly going on with her that was affecting my health (she was putting a substance that I’m intolerant to in my food and my father wouldn’t believe me and would force me to eat whatever she made however I couldn’t get a doctor alone without her to tell them) and my maternal grandmother told him if he didn’t leave her she’d go for custody that he finally left her. He accused me of lying for the entire time leading up to that and has never asked me about any of my attempts to get help since.” — PhDOH