There are some things in life that are just as scary as they are mysterious and intriguing. Being in a coma is definitely one of them.
"What's happening in that person's mind? Do they feel anything? Can they hear us? Do they understand what we're saying?" These are just a few of the questions that circle back and forth in our minds when we think of life in a coma.
But don't sweat, because this girl is about to answer all of them.
Meet Claire Wineland from California. Claire, 17, suffers from cystic fibrosis — an incurable genetic disease that mainly affects lungs and the digestive system.
Despite her condition, Wineland still manages to live her life to the fullest. But not without some painful difficulties.
Five years ago, Wineland had a surgery, which caused a dangerous blood infection. To save her life, doctors had to put her in a medically induced coma. For two weeks, she was pumped with drugs and underwent a series of procedures that helped her body heal.
After spending two weeks in a medically induced coma, Wineland woke up with a bunch of weird memories. Taking a hallucinogenic trip to Alaska was one of them.
But not just that.
Surprisingly, Claire recalled most of the stuff that was happening around her, but it was so crazily distorted that she decided to make a video about her experience.
In her video, Wineland explains how she imagined having real conversations; how some people's voices caused positive dreams while others made her feel strange, lost.
"Everything that happens in the real world, you hear, you're aware of. You kind of know what's going on, but it goes through this weird filter in your brain. And then it turns into something else once it actually hits your consciousness," Wineland says in her video.
After recovering from her coma, Wineland started a nonprofit organization called The Clairity Project that focuses on shedding light on cystic fibrosis and what living with an illness is really like. Every month, she posts a video about her experiences, coping techniques and how being sick is not actually the end of the world.