Survivor Survey – Feeling

Q: What does it feel like to be a survivor?

Can you briefly summarise your feeling at having survived an event where most do not

Responses with name, age at SCA and time since

Bewildering…eternally grateful!

Michelle,  42, 4 years

Extremely lucky!

Natasha,  25, 4.5 years

Proud, happy, scared, worried

Pat,  51, 15 months

Surreal. But I feel more vunreable.

Lisa,  35, 4 months

Very lucky and thankful and a desire to do everything there is to do and value life, family and friends

Julie,  31, 8 years

Lucky to be alive unlucky that it happened at all.

Graeme,  36, 10 years

It’s a lot to take in but as time goes by, it’s a lot easier to deal with and I find myself to be very lucky.

Imogen,  21, 2 years

Lucky , and fortunate for being given a second chance. Sometimes sad for the life changed , sometimes anxious .

Michelle,  50, 1 year

Extremely thankful, can’t put into words

Carly,  34, 1 month

Bit surreal really. I was lucky i was on an operating table when i had my event. Dont know anything about it, just that they took 30 seconds to get me back.

Anon,  56, 15 months

Living from day to day!

Brenden,  56, 4 years

Truly amazing…. better odds to win the lottery, forever in debt to my wife lifesaver

Ben,  32, 1 year 2 months

I am more relaxed

Pat,  51, 15 months

I don’t class myself as a survivor. I was extremely lucky. My own GP was driving to work and saw me collapse on the pavement. He stopped his car and started CPR.

Amy,  17, 14 years

I know how lucky I am that I was in the right place at the right time and it wasnt my time. Sometimes I cant believe it really happened but I know it did as I have an ICD, I know I feel different physically and mentally. When I cant do something I could do in the past eg. multi task remembering etc. I think is it normal eg. aging or SCA.

Robyn,  57, 18 months

I am eternally grateful for my 2nd chance at life. I would never have seen 2 of my children get married nor the birth of my 3 grandchidren. My wife and I have recently celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary, as well. Impossible to put a value on all that, is it not?

Mark,  46, 23 years


Maureen,  68, 7 years

Lucky and grateful

Stewart,  53, 3 years

I feel lucky to have survived but still anxious as it’s early days!

Joe,  52, 4 weeks

Relief and guilt

Tracy,  50, 3 years

Strange. Mine happened at home approx 6am. Every day I wake up is a blessing Always a worry. Most friends have given me a wide birth since my SCA

Joanne,  48, 23 months

I’m so happy to be here!! I love life x

Sue,  51, 8 months

Very lucky

Anon,  70, 10 months

Both lucky and unlucky, healthy and unhealthy…but finally, glad

Andy,  51, 5 years

My lifestyle has slowed down immensely.

Lisa,  40, 7 years

Indifferent at best.

Anon,  36, 11 years

Extremely fortunate but life changing event

Kym,  40, 3 years

Very lucky

Michelle,  43, 5 years

Mixed feelings. Obviously feel very fortunate and blessed but also guilty.

Mark,  56, 14 months

Strange, I feel different to everyone else in some way

Judy,  39, 3 years


Lynne,  47, 21 months

I feel lucky to have been given a second chance

Dawn,  48, 3 years


Clare,  31, Almost 5 months.

Very lucky to be where I was at the time of my SCA. Still can’t believe I’m still here and survived it.

Lee,  37, 5 1/2 years

Angry at times but lucky

Anon,  70, 10 months

Guilty because I survived and so many friends haven’t

Lisa,  40, 7 years