Jun 10 2011

The Day I Met My Hero, by Christine Dowling

Category: Friends,Humanitarian,Photos,Prose/EssaysSeven @ 12:08 pm

I will never forget the 19th of July 1997. I went to see my hero, Michael Jackson, in concert. It was my second MJ concert and I was so excited and happy that he had come back to Dublin.

During Michael’s show, he has his security people find fans to come up on stage for a particular song. I have Morquio syndrome and security were looking for somebody small. My sister pointed me out and said, “You won’t get anybody smaller!” For once in my life I was so thankful to be small! I will be forever grateful to my sister. When the security man picked me my whole body started shaking, not because I was going to be in front of 35,000 screaming fans, but because I was about to come face to face with my all-time hero!

While I was waiting just offstage Michael ran past me, and I let out such a scream that I thought he must have heard me. Thankfully, with all of the noise on stage, he didn’t! The music for “Heal the World” came on and I was wheeled onto the stage. Michael held my hand. Normally I wouldn’t feel anything in my right hand as I had lost feeling in it a few years before, but that night I could actually feel Michael’s hand. He turned to me as we headed off of the stage. He told me that he loved me and I knew that he really meant it!

Being so close to him was amazing. The only way to describe it is like a spiritual experience. I felt so much love on that stage; love and happiness. When I got offstage I burst into tears. My friends’ young children who were also at the concert kept asking if I was I ok, and my mother told them, “She is fine. She’s only crying because she is happy.” The memories of that day will stay with me forever and they help me whenever I am sad or upset.

A few hours after the concert, I could feel a burning sensation up and down my right arm. The next day I had feeling back in my right hand. I truly believe I got my feeling back from simply holding Michael’s hand. My Ma said, “With 35,000 people singing such a positive song as “Heal the World,” you were bound to get a miracle.”

I thought I would share this with you, as only true MJ fans would truly understand what happened to me that night. Even though I am in a wheelchair, that night I felt like I was walking on air. I was 18 then, and now thirteen years later I can still honestly say that meeting Michael was the best day of my life, and I am so blessed and thankful that my dream came true.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: When Michael passed on I felt as though I had lost a member of my family; he had been a major part of my entire life. Way before we had met he had been the biggest influence on me for as long as I can remember, getting me through so many bad experiences that I had as a child. I took his death badly and I felt so lost and confused that I needed to do something for him. I took it upon myself to organize a tree planting for him. I felt that wasn’t enough though, so on the 8th of August 2009, alongside the tree planting, I organized a Michael Jackson Memorial / Fun day, with all proceeds going to a children’s hospital that I myself had attended throughout my childhood. I also did the same this June, the day after his first anniversary, and I will continue to do so every single year for as long as I can. It’s my way of giving back and saying “Thank you!” to Michael for all that he has done for me and millions of others worldwide. Michael’s tree stands proudly in a park in Dublin, surrounded by a children’s play-area. I think he would have liked it.

Christine Dowling, age 31, Dublin, Ireland

Christine with Michael on stage

Christine with Michael on stage

那一天我見到心中的英雄
我永遠也不會忘記1997年7月19日,我見到心目中的英雄——邁克爾.傑克遜,在演唱會上。那是我第二次參加MJ演唱會,對他重返都柏林,我非常興奮和快樂。

在演出中,邁克爾讓他的保安人員為特定的歌曲找粉絲上臺。我有莫基奧綜合征,而保安人員在找體形小的人。我的姐妹把我指出來說:“沒有人比她更小了!”我生命中第一次為體形小而感激!我將永遠感謝我的姐妹。當保安人員挑選了我,我整個身體都開始顫抖了,不是因為將面對3萬5千名尖叫的粉絲,而是我將和我生命中的英雄面對面!

我在台下等候時,邁克爾經過我,我發出一聲尖叫,以為他一定會聽到。但幸好舞臺上聲音很響,他沒有聽到。《治癒世界》的音樂響起,我坐輪椅到了舞臺上,邁 克爾拉住我的手。通常我的右手沒有任何知覺,我幾年前就失去了知覺,但那晚我真的能感覺到邁克爾的手。我們下了舞臺後,他轉向我,說他愛我,我知道這是他 的真心話!

能與他靠得這麼近真的很神奇,唯一能形容的就是類似一種神聖的經歷。我在舞臺上感受到如此多的愛;愛和快樂。我下臺後放聲大哭,我朋友的小孩也參加了演唱 會,不停地問我是否還好,我母親告訴他們:“她很好,她哭是因為她快樂。”那一天的記憶會永遠伴隨著我,每當悲傷或難過時總能幫助我。

演唱會後幾小時,我感覺到右手臂上上下下的燒灼感。第二天我右手的知覺回來了。我真的相信知覺的恢復僅是因為握了邁克爾的手。我父親說:“3萬5千人一起唱這麼一首積極正面的歌《治癒世界》,奇跡註定要發生在你身上。”

我想我將和你們分享這個經歷,因為只有真正的MJ粉絲才能真正理解那晚在我身上發生了什麼。即便是坐著輪椅,那晚我感覺行走在雲端。那時我18歲,現在我30多歲了,現在我能誠實地說:遇見邁克爾是我生命中最好的日子,我如此幸福和感激,因為我夢想成真。

作者的手記:邁克爾去世時我感覺就象失去家人;他是我整個生命的重要部分。在見到他之前,他對我已有最大的影響,幫我度過童年時的諸多不幸。他的離世令我很難過,我感到迷失和混亂,感到要為他做些什麼。我為他組織了一次植樹活動,感覺還不夠,於是2009年8月,與植樹一道,我組織了一個邁克爾.傑克遜紀念會/遊戲日,所有收入都捐給了我童年時常呆的醫院。今年6月,他的逝世周年日的第二天,我做了同樣的事,只要我可以做到,我將每年都這樣做。這是我回報和對邁克爾說“謝謝你!”的方式,感謝他為我和世界上百萬人所做的。邁克爾之樹在都柏林一個公園矗立著,圍繞它的是孩子們玩耍的地方,我想他會喜歡的。

克莉絲汀.道琳(Christine Dowling),31歲,愛爾蘭都柏林

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{ THANK YOU to my sweet friend Angela Yim Ngan Ian for finding and sharing this amazing story, and to ‘shell88‘ at MJJCN for translating it! -Seven }

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17 Responses to “The Day I Met My Hero, by Christine Dowling”

  1. Max says:

    What a lovely story, especially the part about Christine’s right hand and the events she has organized in memory of Michael.
    I have found so many great anecdotes in the book “It’s all about love.” Michael was and is a one-of-a kind phenomenon.

  2. melbournemary says:

    Beautiful story

  3. Solar says:

    There have been similar accounts from other people stating that they were healed by Michael. They were either near to him or actually touched him. This phenomenon transcends earthly abilities.

  4. dez says:

    Beautiful story indeed very touching & MJ really is a hero. I actually read this on the MJ tribute magazine here : http://mjtpmagazine.presspublisher.us/issue/november-2010/article/one-chance-in-a-lifetime….so many lovely stories their♥

  5. TLS says:

    Countless stories of love that heals and inspires–maybe enough, someday, to really make a dent in fear and hopelessness. Thanks again, Seven, for finding another great testimonial.

  6. Susan Trout says:

    Dear Seven,

    This is the kind of story that should make “front page” news; worthy to be included with stories that affect the minds and hearts of human beings all over our planet. I absolutely believe Christine was able to experience “feeling” in her hand after Michael held it. I also believe in additional to his amazing talent and sensitivity, God DID “heal” through him. His love and compassion was so sincere, so pure, divine healing power flowed from him as freely and effortlessly as a mountain stream. God love this beautiful woman’s heart! Her special act of love and remembrance of Michael is so moving.

    This is so very beautiful and, not to detract in any way from the lovely feeling of her story, likely common behavior for Michael. He was always concerned and thinking about others. That’s why God blessed him so richly. God knew.

    Thank you so very much Angela and Seven! You inspire us with such heartfelt, precious remembrances of a human being who will be loved and cherished eternally.

    L.O.V.E this story–it “made my day!”!

  7. Ellen says:

    What a beautiful and touching story! It brought me to tears. But I must say that it does not surprise me because I know our Michael was truly an angel and angels can perform miracles. What a thrill of a lifetime. How I wish I had had the opportunity to know Michael that way. I will always regret never having had the honor and thrill of being close to him personally. As we approach the 2nd anniversary of his sudden and tragic death, I am still filled with sadness and my heart will always break when I think of him and listen to his beautiful voice. Oh, how I miss you and love you, sweet, beautiful Michael. You were truly one-of-a-kind and the world did not know how to love and appreciate you, except, of course, for all your loyal fans of every race, creed and religion across this planet. Rest in heavenly peace, sweet, Michael.

  8. Denise Majette says:

    I say AMEN to ALL the above comments and the beautiful rememberances like these should be shared and celebrated throughout the World on a large scale.

  9. Joyce says:

    Beautiful, inspiring story! Here is my very simple theory:

    Michael=LOVE, LOVE=Healing : MICHAEL=HEALING

    Michael’s incredible positive, loving energy continues to touch, inspire and heal all of us!

  10. BlueLotus says:

    This is the best fan story!! Thank u Seven!

  11. Sarah says:

    Another beautiful MJ story. I read that Michael himself felt that he had some sort of ability to help heal others which is also why he really loved making visits to hospitals to meet sick and unwell people. This plus several testimonials such as the story above, makes me able to believe that indeed he might have had in angel fashion, a power to heal. As for angels, they also seem to have been of special interest to him. He wrote about them in Dancing the Dream and had portraits drawn featuring angels. On his Dangerous tour, after the performance of “Will You Be There” he can be seen being hugged by a girl representing an angel; with wings and all.

    More than a few people who knew him that I’ve read of called him a ‘holy spirit’. Needless to say, there was something very special in the spiritual dimension about this man. People like Michael, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and a few others like that help me believe in a God being up there.

  12. chamone says:

    THANK YOU MIKE!
    WE LOVE YOU MUCH MUCH MORE

  13. mjjcn says:

    Beautiful story! What a miracle!

    btw, something less important but have to point out, your friend Angela didn’t translate this stroy, the fan who translated the story in simplified chinese http://www.mjjcn.com/mjjcnforum/thread-150394-1-1.html is also a regular visitor of your website, but I believe she doesn’t mind ppl sharing it or asking for any credit.

  14. Anne Mette Jepsen says:

    LOVE and GRATITUDE 🙂

  15. Karen says:

    Thank you Seven for bringing us yet another story that shows us why we love that man so much!

  16. Mado says:

    What a lovely story! Thank you Seven.

  17. Saskia says:

    Countless stories like these. I think they should all be bundled into a book. Encounters with Michael or something.

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