I was mauled by a bear, fought it off, and drove 4 miles down a mountain with my face hanging off. AMA
Hello, my name is Allena Hansen. In 2008 while I was working on my isolated mountain property, I was mauled by a predatory black bear. Saved by my thumbnail and my two faithful ranch dogs, I hiked out of a box canyon and drove myself four miles down a rutted logging road to our little rural fire station from which I was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center. There I underwent eight hours of emergency surgery and survived the subsequent onslaught of LA reality television's media hounds. Five years and a dozen surgeries later, I'm back to some semblance of my original self. Here's a book I wrote about it: http://amzn.to/11gR60C Here's a Facebook devoted to it: http://on.fb.me/Tssdu9 The Thread that inspired this AMA: http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/1bwyx5/til_a_woman_survived_a_bear_mauling_by_hiking/ Me with my beloved hounds: http://i.imgur.com/XdKJkQ5.jpg The disquieting meatlump they airlifted into UCLA medical center: (Warning: NSFW/gore) http://imgur.com/bew8pqy
And here I am, ask me anything!
I'm back, and my you've been busy all night. Thank you again for all the support! Lots of you have asked about donating to help my medical bills. Honestly the best thing you could do is drop 5 bucks on the book and give it a good review: http://amzn.to/11gR60C
Okay, I think my work here is done. I've tried to answer every question at least once, and worked my way through the whole thread in doing so. But I'm sure there are plenty I've missed, so if I didn't get to yours somewhere along the line and you're still curious, please go here: http://amzn.to/11gR60C and check it out. The chances are I've already answered your question in depth.
None of us make it out of here alive, but I'm convinced that a snappy attitude is crucial to enjoying our allotted time on this planet. So many readers here have contacted me in the aftermath of this AMA, that it only seems fair to stick around and answer your questions as long as you may care to ask them.
If you're in need of irreverent advice, pearls of wisdom or just a grandmotherly ear to tut-tut your angst into, please don't hesitate to message me. I'll do my best to reply to all courteous inquiries.
Also, please feel free to link this to where ever; I'd love it if you guys could help me get this story out to people who might find it useful in their own lives. Remember, if a little old lady can pull it off, SO CAN YOU!
Thanks so much for reading and commenting; this has been a total hoot!