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    Nice To Meet You All!

    Hello my name is Lisa, and I am glad to be a part of the Firebreathers!

    I have several passions in my life, I love dogs, especially English & French Bulldogs, I love to cook, I love to clean, I love to be creative, I love to talk, I love to work hard, and I especially love my family. I am not young by any means- but don't let my age fool you, I can have fun and rock out to Imagine Dragons with the best, and plan on doing so for a very, VERY, long time!

    My love for Imagine Dragons was almost an overnight thing.

    I am a huge music lover but my music took a backseat when I had kids, I created a few forums and that is pretty much what I spent all my time on for the past five years.

    When my oldest son got a job it was time to start driving him back and forth to work. I always like his music but he knew my music was what we listened to. One day he said "I have a new song I want you to hear". He played "Warriors", and I told him I liked it. He said well I have more songs by the same group so he played Radioactive, Demons, It's Time and I'm on Top of the World.

    Of course I recognized the songs, I didn't even realize they were all from the same group. So each day I looked forward to picking up my son so we could blast the radio and rock out. I just loved the drums and the clapping, and the lyrics, I just couldn't get enough!

    One day I decided to look them up on YouTube and watched all the videos. A few weeks later I looked them up again, visited their website, ect. Then the video for "I Bet My Life" came out, along with the song Gold. When I heard Gold I think that was the moment I became a fan. Because I ran in the house and woke up my sleeping son so I could play it for him!

    I'm fairly sure I've listened to Imagine Dragons everyday since. I painted the whole outside of my house listening to those same 6 songs over and over! And over.... and over!

    Shortly after I had an accident with an Ice Tea glass. It slipped out of my hand and sliced my wrist. I won't post a photo of my hand because it was so bad it looked like I was bit by a walker, but I'll show you the broken glass, that's frightening enough. This happened last January.

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    So I almost died.... I was 1/2" from cutting my main artery. But instead I had surgery and they tried to repair my hand because I hit the ulnar nerve and sliced a tendon. It was very hard on my family and my husband, especially since we have 4 kids. I only had use of one hand and my other hand hurt all the time, the pain was excruciating. Everyone said "give it time, nerves heal slowly".... Well it has now been 10 months and with physical therapy I did get mobility back, although the nerve that controls some muscles may never get stronger so my use IS very limited. I have no feeling in my pinkie all the way down to my wrist, but the nerve pain inside never, ever ends. I manage with medication, but I'm hoping someday it WILL heal all the way.

    Needless to say, during this time I became very depressed. Very, VERY depressed. It seemed like the only time I was happy was when I was listening to Imagine Dragons, because for a moment, while I would sing along, I forgot about my pain. But I was always in pain, it didn't stop, the nerves would not shut up, I could not touch anything with that part of my hand, it was constant, like getting stabbed or shocked in the same spot always.

    One day after watching the YouTube video for Shots, I saw an ad for Target to get the Smoke + Mirrors Album with the bonus songs. So I went and also grabbed the last copy of Night Visions with 6 or bonus songs!

    I listened to all the songs over and over, they made me cry in darkest moments of depression, and made me smile through with other songs. When I visited their website I saw the tour schedule, and i asked my husband if he would go with me. I wanted to live a little!! I needed to meet them. So we did the VIP package and my husband was a little iffy about it. He liked them a bit but didn't understand my obsession with them.

    We went to the concert and we met them, which was wonderful, but I was so star struck! I am not even sure if I looked them in the eyes, I did get my photo taken with them but I hardly remember it. Then as we were walking away, Dan stepped toward me and said to me "It was very nice to meet you", and shook my hand again. THIS I do remember, because I was already gone, and he went out of his way to say that to me, and to my husband, so that was the moment I became more than a fan.

    We watched the concert, it was more than amazing. I am sitting here getting goose pimples right now thinking about it! Here is my video of the concert, which I have watched over and over of course. My husband jumped on the bandwagon too!



    At the concert we met a couple from Vegas with their two young ladies. They told us about the Life is Beautiful Festival in Vegas, and how ID was going to be there. I googled it on my phone and saw the line up, and thought no way we cannot go to this.... heck I barely got my way to do this VIP package.

    When we left we were so fired up on Imagine Dragons, and my husband told me he LOVED them! We sat and watched more videos, listened to Imagine Dragons, for a day, for days, for a week, for two weeks....

    My obsession was FOR REAL. My husband loves them too, maybe not as much as I do, but he's there.... there enough!

    My son already liked them as you know. Well now my other 3 kids also joined on the Imagine Dragons obsession, I didn't mean to influence them so much but I guess that is what happens when they hear the same songs over and over again.....

    My husband said to look up the festival in Vegas, so I did. I barely remembered the name and it took me some time to find it, I finally saw it on their tour schedule. Seemed a bit pricey and hotels were expensive, odds were that we were not going. But he kept bringing it up.... and then we decided we would take our two oldest boys there for their birthdays as their birthday gift. Yeah, well you know, a gift for us too what the heck!?

    We did the Life is Beautiful and it was beyond awesome, we were pretty close to the stage and I cannot tell you the feeling of how cool it is to see Dan Reynolds look you in the eyes and sing to you. Hello my obsession GREW!!! I also saw two fans take the stage, whom I recognized from Twitter as Marty and Steven! I tweeted Marty and we became friends because I'm a huge art fan, (did I tell you that already?), and I love her works! I started tweeting more, following more, joining every ID group I could find....

    My depression was slowly lifted over the course of these events.... I thank Imagine Dragons for that. Yes, my hand sucks and hurts all the time. Yes, I have to take medicine 4 times a day, and yes I realize and always did realize that others have it so much worse than I do. But when you are crying yourself a river, no matter what you say to yourself- it is much easier to see that sorrow and feel sorry for yourself. I am just glad I found something new to believe in that was important enough to me to see past that cloud. This is where Imagine Dragons helped me heal. Many of their songs have a very sad and dark lyric, and then many come out of that darkness and show us the light. In a way, feeling both really shows that it is okay for you to feel sad when you need to, it is the only way to see the light inside that darkness.

    So then how did this site start? Well I did not want to do another forum, I was totally done with that part of my life. I promised myself and my family. But I love the websites I started, and I love visiting them each day too. But when something means as much to me as Imagine Dragons does, it kept creeping into my mind, all the fun things we could do, the questions I could ask, art contest, karaoke contest, polls, songs, discussions, and meeting people on a more personal level. I talked with a few Firebreathers I am close to and they loved the idea so I had to do it. I know it will take a lot of time to run, and to get going, but I hope you will support me and the idea and sign up! Yeah, I am not too proud to beg.

    I know many of you know me from Twitter and facebook, but I bet you knew NOTHING about me. Now you do.

    Anyway, here I am, if you join and have any questions, please send me a message! I will be glad to help! I look forward to meeting all of you, together with our passion for this music!

    Special thanks to Vania, Michelle, Gina and Marty for your support, without them I would not have created this website.


    "I'm a first class let down, I'm a shut up sit down..... I am a head case, I am the color of BOOM!"

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    Omg this is such a nice story. *O*
    I need to show this post to my mom, cause she is persuaded that adult and mature people can not be such crazy fans of any music band/TV series/fulm etc. But thanks god she is sooooo wrong, and now I can prove it
    Imagine Dragons saved my life.(c)

    I'm ready for the Fall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rena Snow View Post
    Omg this is such a nice story. *O*
    I need to show this post to my mom, cause she is persuaded that adult and mature people can not be such crazy fans of any music band/TV series/fulm etc. But thanks god she is sooooo wrong, and now I can prove it
    Thank you!

    I know a few of us who can prove her wrong, am I right @ringosmomma and @Vi68?


    "I'm a first class let down, I'm a shut up sit down..... I am a head case, I am the color of BOOM!"

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    Touching story, by my own blood.

    I am thankful for introducing them to you.

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    Nice job! There can't be an age on being a Fangirl! You know, Dan sings Forever Young all of the time.
    I saw all ages of people in the audience of the concert I attended. I like the way you told your story!
    I believe that the music has a deeper meaning for so many of us! My story isn't a happy one and I struggle with finding the right words and figuring out how much to tell. I think talking about these things is important if you can help someone else in a similar situation feel like they are not alone. The firebreathers are a sort of family.

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