By Dawn Bonker, Chapman Magazine 
January 25, 2019

Chapman University alumna Michelle Wulfestieg has told the story of her near death many times, but tears still spring to her eyes when she recounts that winter night in 2008.

She had just left a print shop with her completed master’s thesis in hand, when she suffered a massive stroke, sparked by a congenital brain lesion that had caused a childhood stroke that had left her partially paralyzed and shadowed by the knowledge that it would likely bring an early death.

She remembers a paramedic holding her shoulders, begging her to hang on. But the lesion was shutting down her brain. She says a near-death experience engulfed her, blanketing her in peace and calm

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