When Have You Beaten the Odds?

Some people have beaten the odds as the first in their family to finish college or purchase a home. Others have recovered from a tragic accident or disease. Others are in their dream job, have won a lottery or created a positive experience out of a negative one. When is a time in your life that you have beaten the odds? Share your stories of inspiration and success in today’s Question of the Week.

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SM August 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm

I was born in my mother's 6th month of pregnancy in 1957. I weighed under 2 lbs. My mother would always tell me I looked like a little wrinkled old lady that could fit in a shoe box. I was hooked up to wires and in an incubator for 3 months. My parents were going to name me Debra Jean, but when they saw my first name in a Sunday school paper, that's what they named me. My middle name is Hope because of being a miracle baby. I wasn't expected to live. I'm on this earth, along with my children and grandchildren, because my mother was gloriously healed of Leukemia when she was 13 years old. She was given 3 weeks to live. She will be 89 in October. What a wonderful creator we have!


Mrs. B July 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm

My son had 2nd & 3rd degree burns to face/wrist doctors told us that it would like 12-18 months before his skin was completely back to normal.... 30 days later you couldnt even tell anything happened to him. Nothing but God!


K. T. July 27, 2015 at 9:43 am

I am the first in my immediate family to graduate high school(my father dropped out in 6th grade, my mother in 9th. My brother dropped out in 10th grade and I personally signed him out of school.) In 2006 I lost my mom to breast and ovarian cancer after a recurrence 11 years from her original diagnosis. 6 weeks later my dad had a 6 way heart bypass after many other medical complications. I supported my dad for 3 years until he finally started receiving disability. I was also supporting my younger brother. Due to the financial strain I ended up filing for bankruptcy. In 2009 my boyfriend passed away while I was unknowingly pregnant. I gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby boy 7/26/10 (his 5th birthday was yesterday!). I remain a single working mother. In October of 2014 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma. I did chemotherapy over the winter and am now in remission as of 3/2015. Beating the odds is my middle name!


Janice Alvarez July 24, 2015 at 4:08 pm

In January of 2009, while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, I developed a kidney stone that obstructed my right ureter. After 2 days of lying in bed, my manager at the request of my daughter, who lived in another stae, came to my house and brought me here to the ER. During the procedure to insert a stent into my ureter, I coded...not once, but three times. My family was told that I would not live through the night, and that they should begin making final arrangements. They were told that only about 10% of patients in my condition survive. Talk about beating the odds! And I'm still here as well as members of the team that treated me. We love it when we see each other in our travels thru halls of JHH.


James A. Fischer, MSN, RN-BC July 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

I was the first person in my family to reach a level of education greater than a Bachelors degree, in Nursing no less.


C July 24, 2015 at 9:28 am

It's fascinating, really, because some people desperately just want to be normal.


Michelle Thompson July 24, 2015 at 9:06 am

In 1985 at the rip old age of 37 I lost both of my parents, my son was hit by a car (he survived and is the joy of my life), my husband of 19 years left and I lost a breast to cancer but that was the year I felt the strongest in my life. I managed to keep my mind and heart in the right direction and now many years later I feel that was the year I beat the odds!


Joyce Hunter July 24, 2015 at 8:47 am

I beat the odds at birth. My twin sister and I were born in the 8th month (over 60 years ago) weighing in at 2 lbs each. There were no complications for her; however, I was jaundice and also had to have my left kidney removed. It was necessary for me to remain in the hospital for several weeks.Happy to report I have never experienced any issues with my kidney. I credit this success story to God and the fact that we were born at Johns Hopkins.


Susan July 24, 2015 at 8:22 am

When I did not die from my bi-lateral pulmonary embolism, all by the grace of God.
I guess He has bigger and better plans for me... : )


C July 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

I had a single pulmonary embolism in 1991 that I survived. It dislodged and dissolved all by itself after about 24 h of excruciating pain. It was worse than the kidney stone I had two years ago. I compare all pain to that day I couldn't breathe.

I also beat the odds in another way. After seeing and falling in love with my classmate's pet mouse in 1982, I still absolutely love them today and still have my own mice. That was no passing fad!


Marti Bailey July 24, 2015 at 8:10 am

I've beaten the odds in a couple of areas. I was the first person in my family to graduate (or attend) college. And I've really beaten the odds to have a job that I love and get up excited for every morning!


Mary Battle July 24, 2015 at 7:52 am

At college, I studied with many people who were working toward different degrees: Biology majors, education majors, computer science majors (like me), etc. Over the years, I have discovered that a high percent of those people went on to work in a career that had nothing to do with what they studied. I feel SO fortunate to have found something I love, excel in it, and make a career out of it. Many days I feel I have beaten the odds!


David Plaut July 24, 2015 at 7:25 am

If you understand the biology of reproduction you will understand that you have beaten the odds just by being born.


K. T. July 27, 2015 at 9:45 am

Well said!


Patricia Rabette July 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

At the age of 42 I suffered a heart attack. I did not have any risk factors that would lead someone to think I was a candidate for a heart attack. Because of that and the fact that I was "young" female the physician in the ED sent me home with a diagnosis of costocondritis even though the pain and pressue were quite severe with any activity. The next morning I was awaken with the same severe pain and pressure yet I was refusing to go back the ED because of the diagnosis I was given the day before. Fortunately my husband forced me to go. This time all the vitals and monitor were showing I was actively having a heart attack. After being rushed to the cardiac cath lab I had a stent inserted and was diagnosed with a spontaneous coronary artery dissection. SCAD is rare and often mis-diagnosed (not found till autopsy in many cases). The cardiologist and research indicate that I'm at risk for this to happen again. Of course I'm thankful and my cardiologist reminds me on checkups that I'm pretty lucky. Because of this experience I'm the team captain for my department for heart walk each year. The photo is of my daughter walking in honor of "mom" at a heart walk she participated in a couple years ago.


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