One survived a near disastrous ocean cruise. Another had a traumatic episode during pregnancy and got to the hospital in part because her husband forgot something and returned home. Yet another keeps in touch with the two women who saved her life when she had a heart attack.
These are some of the stories Patch readers have shared so far in the . There's still time to enter; all you need to do is submit a photo that illustrates why you're lucky. Don't worry: Your story doesn't have to involve a life-changing experience; winners will be chosen at random. .
But some of the stories you've already shared are touching, chilling and heartwarming.
A BABY IN BRAIN SURGERY
Take the story of daughter Maddy, who will be 3 in October. A few months after she was born, her parents noticed Maddy was having spasms, which escalated into seizures. For months, the Wentzville family played what Schramm called "neurologist roulette" trying to track down the cause of the seizures.
In September, just shy of her second birthday, Maddy had a hemispherectomy at St. Louis Children's Hospital, which Schramm explains, "consists of disconnecting the damaged portion of the brain from the non-damaged portion, by removing a small portion of the brain-stem as well as the connecting fibers between both hemispheres. The left portion (damaged) still 'works' but because it's disconnected it has no effect on her body."
"She has been seizure free since that day," Schramm wrote on Patch. "She's our beautiful miracle, and every day reminds us just how lucky we are."
FLYING HIGH IN HER MARRIAGE
of Des Peres will celebrate her 10th wedding anniversary this year to her husband Todd, who surprised her with an air-born Christmas present while they vacationed in Utah: A ride in a glider over Park City.
"He booked a ride for me and surprised me with the announcement upon arrival in Utah," Schinsky wrote. "It was the coolest experience ever. If you’ve never done it, run, don’t walk, and book a ride for yourself."
HEART ATTACK SAVIORS
posted a photo with two friends who have a legitimate claim on saving Linda's life.
Linda writes: "Five years ago, they performed CPR on me until EMS arrived. They are my angels here on earth."
FORGETFULNESS BECOMES GOOD LUCK
of Imperial recalled the day her placenta partially detached from her uterus while she was pregnant with her daughter.
"My husband was driving out of town, and once he got to Lebanon, realized he had forgotten his business folder with all of his business cards, and business information in it," Speis wrote in a email. "That has NEVER happened before, but luckily it did."
When he got home, he found that his wife needed emergency help. He called 911, opened the door for the medics and was there for her trip to the hospital.
"In the end it all turned out perfect, and we had a healthy little girl 3 weeks early," Speis said.
A CRUISE GONE BAD
of St. Charles shared a picture with Captain Bob, the skipper of Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, a cruise liner she sailed in in October.
About three hours after they sailed from Port Canaveral in Florida, the boat was whipped by a terrible storm with 120 mph winds that pitched the ship 12 degrees to the side and sent passengers back to their rooms for their safety.
"People were praying, crying, calling home to say goodbye to loved ones," Goeke said in an email. "They were sure the ship was going to turn over."
She credits the captain with getting the crew and the passengers through it without panic and on they went when the storm passed overnight.
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