"Mistook a stranger for someone who’d earned my ire and yelled at him in a cafe. Now he’s my husband."Love this one
When I was six I found my mom not breathing on her bed, turns out she had had a heart attack. The dispatcher told me to put her on the ground and do cpr, being 6 i couldn't lift her so i rolled her off the bed and the fall restarted her heart. 13 years later and she has had upwards of 20 heart attacks and is still going strong, Most recently thanks to my dog who frequently wakes us up to go find her!
Re: #22- I too was born 3.5 months early, weighing 1 lb. 14 oz., 22 years ago. I'm still alive and kicking, after numerous brushes with death, with no plans to go anywhere anytime soon!!!
"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance."~Bruce Barton
Love your blog, you are a true inspiration.
impossible? ha! let me share with you. I am surrounded by "impossibilities" a man in my church just celebrated 25 years sober, then found out he had cancer, 8 months later its gone! a lady in my church was told she had cancer and they gave her 2 weeks. she went to another doctor who picked up her foot and said but i don't see an expiration date? a year later it was gone and they don't know why or how. 3 years later now, she is cancer free! my dad went in for a routine check up on his diabetes, some numbers didn't look quite right to the doctor so she wanted to run more tests. they found cancer in his kidney and rushed him in for surgery the next day. given another 3 days it would have spread to his whole body! i was run over by a front end loader and didn't break a bone! i was in a roll over on the drivers side, the car hit on the drivers side, the roof, into the air then back down on the drivers side. i came out with some glass in my ear and a small nick on my wrist. a little discombobulated but ok! i was a heavy drinker and a pill head, found out i was pregnant two months into it. the doctors said there were high risks that the baby would be born with disabilities. 8 years later he's a straight A student in a private school. I'm a single mom. i waitress for a living and i put my kid into a private school!
I haven't been a follower of this blog too long, and I stumbled upon this post through "500 posts ago" My so called "impossibles" are: When I was very young, I wasn't even one yet. My uncle was throwing me up in the air to amuse me. He is 6'4, through out one of the rides in the air. He tripped over a sprinkler, unable to catch me. I just so happened to hit the cement. I had severe swelling and water in my head. My parents were told there was a good chance that I would be handicapped in some way. I was too young to have brain surgery. They kept close monitoring on me, to watch out for any seizures, or any random fainting. Nothing. Doctors still thought I was going to be handicapped. The swelling and water went away. I am now 21. Nothing is wrong. My next one is when I was about 6 years old, I had snuck out of my mom/step fathers house and into the backyard. There was a pond, and out of curiousity I went by it. There was a chain at the bottom, so I found a long stick and tried to go after it. I fell in. (I remember everything like it was yesterday) my moms dog came out just a few seconds after this. Saw i was in distress and ran back inside to get my step fathers attention. At this point I can see the fish swimming in the pond. I started to drown. I blacked out from there. I was pulled out and had to be revived. If I hadn't have left the back door open the dog would have never came out. And i probably wouldn't be here today.
This is a great post. All of these are heart-warming, but the one about poking a shark in the eye made me laugh!
This is a great post. All of these are heart-warming, but the one about poking a shark in the eye made me laugh!
When my mom was pregnant with me, a doctor at the local clinic took her on as a charity case. Ultrasounds were brand new and the doctor, who was excited to try out the new tech, gave my mom one of the first ultrasounds available at that clinic. He discovered a complication that wold have killed us both if I had been delivered naturally, and just in time, too!
Can I add to the list? I'm a single disabled mom with three special needs kids. My youngest (10 yrs old) has been traumatized at school by teachers. He is in a crisis stabilization program and not doing very well but I am at peace. There are too many things dropping into place to make big change to protect our disabled children in our district (and possibly the state) for God not to have a hand in it. He is in control and we are blessed.
Teehee! I liked the one that said, "Someone made me smile."As for me, I used to think it would be impossible to make a success story out of my self-destructed life. Today, I make a living in the shipyards, have a beautiful restored El Camino, JUST BOUGHT A HOUSE IN SAN DIEGO(!!!!!!!!!!!!), and my girlfriend just informed me she wants to take the next step.Not marriage.Baby!
I have been overwhelmed by some things in my life lately - nothing as big as most mentioned here - and this blog has just brought me so much hope, renewed my faith in the impossible becoming possible, and determination to see things through and not give in to doubt. I have been reading through the back catalogue of posts (starting at the beginning) and whilst there have been plenty of amazing stories and messages, this is the first that has impacted me so much that I want to comment. Without hope, what's the point in tomorrow?
The first thing I thought while reading these "impossible" stories was that they were miracles from God. "Thru God all things are possible." Amazing :0)
I've been in over 20 car accidents, the last being the worst and the one that I thought was going to be the end of me. With a completely metal arm now they told me i wouldn't be able to blow dry my hair or pick up my son and probably get 50% motion back (if i'm lucky). Now, I'm 10 little degrees away from bending/straightening it and going strong! :) Just so very happy to still be here. These stories are amazing and really really really inspiring. Thank you.
My twin died while my mother was still pregnant with us; the doctors assumed I would too. I was born prematurely, and here I am, seventeen years later. :)
My Great Aunt Ruth, who is now ninety years old, had been climbing a tree to fix a bird feeder that a squirrel had knocked out of place. She fell from the tree and broke her hip. She lay on the ground for four hours, enduring the cold winter rain. Her neighbors always kept the blinds to the guest bedroom window closed and the lights off in the room. It turns out they had a guest that day and the guest bed room window was facing the tree she fell out of. She's walking again.
This needs an NSFW label. I'm crying like an idiot here.
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I once broke my right arm in a way that nobody had ever heard of. I ended up with a cast, but it was untested for this new kind of break. My right arm is currently my best.
what a way to give hope in the face of adversity, dan. thank you, it is so good to hear miracles rather than just the bad news that seems to permeate the world right now. i so appreciate this post and plan to save it somewhere so i can read it when i need to...
for the past year and a half the love of my life constantly told me i was no good and that he didnt want me and our daughter and that i pushed him into having the relationship. a relationship we had just resumed after 4 yrs. we had been off and on for 10 yrs... starting out when we were just 14 and 15 years old. the sunday before thanksgiving of 2010 he got wayyyy too drunk and beat me terribly. i threw him in jail that night. we didnt speak for almost a month. the monday before christmas i agreed to meet with and talk to him. i'm glad i did. while it still seems impossible to "fix" both his and mine problems right now i dont think it will be. he hasnt drank a drop since that night (which is crazy since he was an alcoholic before that) and instead of me trying to go back to him and prove how much i love him he's now almost moving in with me where i live now and trying his hardest to prove to me and our daughter how wrong he was and how much he loves us. i will never believe that things are impossible b/c of that.
Dan, You inspire me. You inspire many. I will be using this post with my next team mtg. We often talk about the "Impossible"..... "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing in which you think you cannot do."~Eleanor Roosevelt
God Bless you!
i was a passenger in a car that rear ended a semi at 55 mph in the fastlane of Interstate 5, with no airbag.
and i survived.
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my son wasnt feeling well, and i let him sleep with me.
within 30 seconds of him waking up, he had a febrile seizure from a fever of 105 that had come on suddenly. he also stopped breathing and i had to perform cpr on my 15 month old little boy.
had i not had the urge to let him sleep by me that night, i wouldnt have know he was seizing, or not breathing.
additionally, when i was 11 i was diagnosed with severe endometriosis.
when i was 16 i had surgery to cauterize it.
when i was 17 i started hormone shots called Lupron to put my body through menopause.
it didnt fix it. i spent 10 years on and off hormones, before deciding to try and have a baby. My doctor told me "after youve been trying for 6 months with no success, we'll schedule another surgery and talk about alternative options, but dont get your hopes up".
3 months later i was pregnant, with an incredibly easy pregnancy.
now that my son is two, there is no guarantees on whether or not he will have any siblings...but i can not write ANYTHING off.
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Ahhh... that is GENIUS, taking yourself out & making it about someone else! I am forever the optimist when it comes to others... I have faith in everyone but myself. This is totally going to work for me.
I think I commented on the original post, but my nephew Tyler was born this past April. Almost 4 weeks to the day after my littlest one. Sharing a pregnancy with my sister was amazing. Tyler's entrance into the world ended up being pretty traumatic, complete with a med fight to another hospital 2 hours away, and after 3 days on a cooling blanket to lower his body temperature, to preserve brain tissue, his MRI showed "severe brain damage". It was the worst news we, as a family, had ever gotten. We had no idea what it meant for him... whether he'd ever be able to breathe or maintain body temp on his own, let alone live a "normal" life.
Our boys are 8 & 9 months old now. Tyler rolled over before his big cousin Brandon, is a better eater and is doing things doctors didn't think he'd ever do. To look at him, you would never know what he's been through. He's beautiful and perfect and healthy. We don't know for sure what the future holds for him, but we've learned as a family, that that's true for most things... we just don't know. For now, he continues to do the impossible over & over & over :)
My parents were Rh-factor incompatible. Out of 16 pregnancies, three girls were born alive. The first one died after three days (typical of this situation in those days). My sister and I were under 4 lbs when we each were born, and we were completely transfused at birth and several more times before we reached 5 lbs, in about a month. We owe our lives to strangers, and each year on our birthdays, we rejoice in having beaten the odds one more year.
At 39, I was told by a woman who desperately wanted a child of her body, that my age (39) and caffeine intake (even my 2 cups of tea a day) would negatively affect my chances of getting pregnant. I guess that's why it took me TWO cycles to conceive. Unfortunately, I wanted an October baby, not another January baby in a family full of them.
I was tested at 8 weeks for gestational diabetes. I failed the test, and had to go with a high-risk OB. At 10 weeks I was controlling y blood sugar by diet and exercise, but by 5 months, I had to go on insulin. I was told I'd have a 10 lb baby--even though it was clear HE was gaining weight and I was losing it, and we maintained the same weight through most of the pregnancy, just changing who had how much.
When he was born, he was 10 OZ and 7 LBs, not the reverse! Had an APGAR score of 9, too.
I was so miserable afterwards (PPD, and underlying bipolar that woldn't be dx'd for another 7 years) that I couldn't really play with my son and enjoy him as he deserved. Before we were both dx'd as bipolar when he was 7, I thought I'd never be a decent mom or have a good relationship with him. My meds stabilized me earlier than we were able to get him stabilized. I did my best to model good coping skills for depression and frustration, and he did know that *I* knew exactly what he could feel like, and that I'd be his advocate for what he needed. He'll be 17 this month (and I'll be Heinz), and we work very well together. He cooperates with me better than with his father or grandmother, and I've learned how to get that cooperation. Who he really is shines much better now for the polishing, not from carving "him" away.
This blog never ceases to amaze me! My favorite quote is "What is impossible for mortals is possible for God." - a.u. There is not one of these stories that God did not play a part. Some people ask, where is God, it all these tragedies? I ask, Where ISN'T He? He's everywhere!
loved this. i would love to see an endless list. i get so burdened by the tragedy and suffering in our world. it's good to know all the goodness in it as well.
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I'm so grateful for this post. I felt myself being physically energized as I read it!
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I just wanted to thank you for this post. It is so timely. My brother-in-law was just diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. We're all devestated but this post gives me hope. Thank you.
That really inspired me and make me grateful enough for those people around me and God for all hose blessings. May you continue to live a peaceful life with your loving husband and children. Blessed New Year!
Thanks for putting this together Nothing is impossible for God . Im am one of the twins that was born early that you chose to pick for this list and altho I was born with Cerebral Palsy, (I wasnt supposed to live past 24 hours) and in a wheelchair...I'm alive thats enough for me
Another quote I love:
Start with what’s necessary,
then do what’s possible,
and suddenly you’ll be doing the impossible.
— St Francis of Assisi
wow dan...no, wait.....wow to all of these miracles. and the people who lived thu them!
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Thank you, Dan, both for the reminder that the impossible is possible, and for the encouragement to join the small side of the numbers. I needed that today.
I cried reading this. Now my boyfriend thinks I'm a nut job, but he'll see when I make him read it in just a minute.
Enough said. :)
Very inspiring and something I will need to read often. I think we too often forget about the "impossible" that has already happened in our lives!
This past June, my boyfriend and I were rearended going 65mph on a normally busy 3 lane highway. Our car went through 2 lanes of traffic, hit a guardrail head on and flipped on the passenger side. The ONLY other car on the road had a doctor and an EMT in it. They called 911 and were opening our car door to see if we were ok before we even realized what happened. We left with a few little bruises, a bump on my head and my boyfriend had a dislocated shoulder. People who talked to us at the hospital and had passed the scene were shocked that people survived the crash. We never actually saw what the car looked like since the EMS responded so quickly.
A gentleman in my area, who needed a complete heart transplant back in April - had an artificial heart while waiting - received his heart in September and was back home and healthy by Christmas!!
While working to lose weight again - I bought the Tshirt - Impossible is Nothing...will definitely think about this post while wearing it.
I do agree that the impossible can happen, and has happened in my family. However, posts like this always concern me because I worry that people will say to others facing hardship, "You only failed because you were seduced by the charisma of 'impossible!' If you believed in yourself you would have done it!"
My best friend was told she was infertile and could never have children. Last week, she heard her baby's heartbeat for the first time. That same friend's cousin was born with cystic fibrosis; his parents were told he would "maybe live to 13." I went to his college graduation last May. I had a student last semester who pulled an A in my class while going through heroin withdrawals.
Impossible only applies to hard science in my book, and even then, I'm skeptical. :)
I had said I'd get back to you when the impossible of keeping our house happened. Last month my husband and I were approved for the morgage to own our house, the deal closed last week and the payments will be a lot lower.
My mother was told when I was six, in the ICU, that if I lived through the night, they will see what can be done, they told her that for a week. Two weeks later i left the hospital. I'm 20 yrs old now, and healthy.
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