Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun

Let’s call her Dana. She won’t agree to a tiled photo, blurred photo, back photo - nothing to identify who she is.

She’s been harassed and ridiculed and threatened for six years about what she has got to say. Her husband left her, convinced she was losing her mind. Friends were lost in the fray as well.

Here’s what we can tell you. She’s 48. Lives in Surrey and is an artist. Has two grown children she is close to. Her partner calls her "level-headed" and says she keeps him from becoming overly analytical about life.

Dana is convinced she has been abducted by aliens, not once but twice. She has clear recollections of one abduction, in her late twenties. The second one, she’s not clear about, except that a friend, whom she hasn’t seen since, saw a UFO hovering over a car that Dana was driving.

Flashbacks, dreams and nightmares plagued her about the experience until she was in her early 30s, when she heard about MUFON, a group that investigates UFO reports.

After three years of researching, talking to , receiving support from 10 other abductees, and visiting a hypnotherapist, she was convinced the abduction was real. This is what she pieced together, in what she calls an experience that was so vivid to all the senses, she cannot believe it did not take place.

Events unfolded in a manner typical to most alien abduction reports. She was trying to get to sleep when she was taken aboard a craft by a "grey," the alien creature which is well known to the community of believers.

She was among five women and two men put into capsules, taken aboard a craft, 20 to 30 feet long, then transported to a gigantic mother ship.

"I felt paralyzed, I couldn’t move and felt like a guinea pig. I could only see through pinpoints of light through my eyes." She was jolted back to life from what felt like being frozen and dead.

"I felt my heart restart and my blood flow again. It was quite painful. Really painful," she says. "It felt like a fire going through my body. It was like a horror movie.

"They took us out of the capsule and took us to different rooms, like cattle. I had a guide. He was tall and always turning around to tell me mentally, ‘you come with me’ and I would follow. He took me on a tour of the place and there are moments I don’t want to talk about. The things that were done to me were too intimate, too personal. But their hands were cold and not warm like ours.

"I felt they were going through the motions of work. There were no feelings of sensitivity or compassion. There were no emotions of any kind. It was very clinical.

There were moments where one laid its four fingers on my forehead and told me mentally that everything would be all right.

"I was the number one skeptic in the world. But the dreams started seeping through. It was too real. I can’t imagine people going on a fantasy trip causing all this trauma."