Common Attributes of “Miracle Survivors”

Miracle  Survivor Greg Barnhill

Miracle Survivor Greg Barnhill

So what makes a “miracle survivor?” When I started the journey of interviewing individuals who’ve beat the odds of a terminal and/or incurable diagnosis, I’ve found many attributes they share:

  • They don’t buy into statistics and the death sentences many of them were given.
  • They never gave up no matter what. They may have had down times, but were able to pull it together and do what they needed to do.
  • They choose to look on the positive side, see the gifts that a cancer diagnosis brings.
  • They have a strong desire to give back and make a difference in other people’s lives, whether it is fundraising, lobbying or supporting other survivors.
  • Most have a strong sense of faith. Even if they didn’t believe in God, they believed in a higher power(s).
  • They all have support from family, loved ones or support groups. These connections gave them a reason to carry on.


  1. Gina
    Apr 18, 2011

    Hi Tami,
    I am at the 8-year mark still surviving disease-free of stage IV breast cancer. I am still stuck with the feeling that came over me during treatment that I absolutely REFUSE this… even on my feary days, when someone with “much less cancer than me” passes away, I cannot shake the feeling that some day I will certainly die but it won’t be from breast cancer.

  2. Michelle
    Apr 21, 2010

    Hi Tami,

    I was diagnosed with IBC in 2005 and was given a year to live. As you can see, I’m still here! I consider every day a miracle. I believe God saved me through the prayers of many. I belive it’s very important for me to appreciate being here and live life with gratitude and purpose. God was a huge part of my acceptance, surrender and thriving. Thanks for your articles. Michelle

  3. tamilb
    Oct 19, 2009

    Here’s another comment from the Share Your Story bin:
    Hey Tami! I’m not a survivor but your latest picture reminded me or the Outdoor Bloggers Summit (OBS) cancer sucks challenge. See more at . I particilated on my blog also. I just wanted to let you know about this and say hello. It’s funny how that picture of Greg sparked my memory of the OBS challenge and I just wanted to write you and let you know about it.

    Justin Raines

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