One of the more powerful messages that was sent to us at Conference is as simple as this: 1% is not 0%. A doctor can tell you whatever percentages exist in his notes on your circumstances but you were not part of that study. The numbers that made up the percentages that doctors, nurses, and other professionals use are part of the past. Those that were in the study were not you. You can be part of that 1%, not the 99% just as easy as anyone else.
The reality is we get too caught up in the numbers. Yes, these stats give us greater understanding of what we're up against, but the human soul is a tough ole bird that wants to soar as long as she can. I firmly believe "if there's a will, there's a way". Many a time you will hear of how positivity can bring change. It can bring hope and miracles to light.
We are the masters of our own destiny. We may be dealt a troublesome hand in life, but it's your choice how to play it, or to fold. As much as I feel it is a doctor's responsibility to tell us the bad news and recommend treatment, it is up to us, as patients, to research what we think is best for us. Get a second opinion, talk to someone that has had the treatments or procedures before. Be informed, then make your choice. Be educated.
You are not alone. You are not a statistic. You can be your own miracle.