I recently typed out a long, thoughtful response in a textarea. I clicked submit, like I've done millions of times, and I got the dreaded "session expired" error message. This happens very, very rarely, but it's devastating when it does. Creating long & thoughtful responses isn't something that comes naturally for me. I crossed my fingers and clicked back. No luck, web 2.0 dynamically created text boxes ensured Chrome had no chance to preserve my editing state.
My first reaction was: I guess I'm not responding after all. Then it occurred to me, DevTools must have my data somewhere, right? Lucky for me, the answer was yes.
There might be easier ways, this is what worked for me: