SURVIVOR! What are you proud of SURVIVING?

  1. We all have rocky places in our path of life, things we have to endure, crosses we have to bear, in order to grow.

    It might have been nursing school, a messy divorce, or teaching a teen to drive, but whatever it was,


    and now it's time to brag about it!

    Just finish the phrase: "I SURVIVED _______"
  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Well, I've never been through anything like a Hurricane Katrina or a 9/11, but in my own small way I'm indeed a survivor, having faced down a nasty drinking problem (14 yrs and 8 months sober now). From that, and with the grace of God and the support of my family and friends, my life has evolved into something useful; no longer am I just taking up space on the planet. And for that, I'm incredibly grateful.
  4. by   UM Review RN
    Gosh Marla, your victory humbles me and totally leaves me in the dust.

    I survived other things--childhood abuse, divorce (happily married now), and toxic workplaces, to name a few.

    It might not be as dramatic, but overall when we take inventory of our life journey, it still feels great to know we're past a bumpy part, doesn't it?

  5. by   Roy Fokker
    I survived adolesence: particularly a nasty, nasty, dark and very gloomy time around 15-17.

    I'm happy to be alive - and I sincierly mean that, as corny as it may sound

    I think this is a nice thread - pretty soon, we're going to find out that we are a lot stronger than we give ourselves credit for
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Childhood and preteen years. Saying it was far from ideal would be an understandment, and i really don't care to say the details. But i will say that it'll make me a better parent in the long run, because i know from personal experience, to not be naive about anything that can and does happen to children.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Adultery and subsequent messy divorce from the father of my two oldest boys. Thanks go to God for my survival.

  8. by   donsterRN
    I am proud to have thus far survived colon cancer. I was diagnosed last Thanksgiving, and the next 10 months of my life have seemed to have been lived by someone else. I had the surgery, then the months of radiation and oral chemotherapy, and then the months of IV chemotherapy. To say that it's an interruption of my life is an understatement. There's nothing about my old life that's familiar anymore. Except of course my family and friends, and most especially the family and friends here on AllNurses. You understand when I'm sad and angry, and you understand when I'm happy and hopeful.

    I saw my Oncologist last week who told me my blood levels were exactly where they needed to be. I don't need to go back for another 6 months!

    I feel well enough to take on some classes at school; I've been cooking, painting and shopping for the house. And I know I have a ways to go before I can officially pronounce myself as a survivor, but right now, it feels OK!

    This is a great thread! :blushkiss
  9. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i survived cervical cancer -- twice.

    i survived nasty divorces -- twice.

    i survived my husband's infidelity.

    i survived domestic abuse.

    i thought i had a stainless steel spine . . . unfortunately now i have back issues. but i'll survive that, too!
  10. by   JR816
    On a more positive note, I survived the first three semesters of nursing school. I have learned a lot about myself in the last 18 months. I certainly feel like a stronger and more well rounded person because of it. Only two more semesters to go.
  11. by   EricJRN
    Man - you guys have survived some tough stuff. I've survived a few things, but they're more physical than emotional hardships:

    - Myelomeningocele, hydrocephalus, several shunt revisions.

    - Seven stitches in two fingers when I tried to catch a moving tape measure.

    - Wisdom tooth extraction x 4, followed by a syncopal episode, concussion, bloody nose and scalp laceration (five staples) the next day.

    - Six car accidents (never been injured in one, luckily).

    - Got stuck on a first date for 2 1/2 days during a flash flood.
  12. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from ericenfermero

    - got stuck on a first date for 2 1/2 days during a flash flood.
    [font="comic sans ms"]now that would be a tough one. i hope it was a good date up until the flash flood!
  13. by   sweetpealoubylou
    Ive been through so many things to name and survived but i'll put those that mean alot to me now.

    *loosing my hearing at 4 years old now i have machanical hearings aids LOVE them so much id be lost without them,
    *loosing the ability to walk from 5 years old to finally getting out of a wheelchair and walking BIG achievement as i'm now walking normally after years of physio
    * being told i'd never complete high school or get to University. (Dr told my parents this after i lost my hearing and got a disability called ataxia) I completed high school with great GCSE grades and im now going to University in 10 days wohoo.
    *My gcses as my dad died a week before my first exam.
    * 3 years of trying to get onto my nursing diploma course. I felt like giving up but i kept at it.

    Those are the most important things to me right now hehe

    Lou x
  14. by   live4today
    I survived LIFE thus far! And that four letter word encompasses a whole mass of drama, adultery, two long term marriages, two divorces, nursing school, abuse, loss after loss....ya'll get the need to spell it all out.

    Aint noooooooooo doubt about it...this woman IS a SURVIVOR!!! :flowersfo