One of a kind. Once in a lifetime. Special. Those are all things we want to be... don't deny it. Standing out in the crowd is a high in life, especially if it's in a cool way, where tons of other people are surprised by it. There are just somethings about some people that make them way cool statistically.
Redditor u/yadayadayadarv wanted to know what makes you special by asking..... What makes you statistically rare?
I'm a Survivor!!Giphy
I was cured of Stage 3b lung cancer.
I'm an AML Leukemia survivor! I'll be 15 years in remission just before my 17th birthday. Glad you made it out ok :)
I'm allergic to the chemical released when fresh oranges are peeled. That first spray when you open an orange will put me into anaphylactic shock. Super specific, super rare when the allergy is that severe. Bad oranges.
Oh gosh, that sounds really scary! I'm super sensitive to oranges being peeled as well, but have never experienced anaphylaxis! I usually just have to grab my puffer and that's it.
I'm currently breathing with someone else's lungs.
So am I! When did you have your transplant? I just had my 20 year anniversary a few months ago.
Benign brain tumor that may have been sitting there my whole life.
My doctors say lots of people could be walking around and not even know it so who knows how rare it is.
I'm chimeric, except, I have two twins. I'm walking around with my fraternal twin brothers DNA and identical twin sisters spinal tube next to my spinal tube. I was supposed to be three individuals.
I am born on the same date as my dad and great grandpa.
You have ruined too many birthdays. Your dad was gonna celebrate it and you were just like "surprise" lol.
I was one of the few Romanian orphans to receive a good life.
I wasn't orphaned, but i was abused. Anyone that knows me and my family and past.. they keep wondering how i ended up so sane and functional. There are scars and trauma hidden, but I'm much better than 99% of the people who go through what i did. My brain helped, i have big gaps of memory, years of my childhood missing and most of my school life up till 10th grade... i just don't remember..
But OP, Im proud of you! We'll show them!
1 in a Hundred.
I have epilepsy. So about 1 in 100, not that rare (at all really) But, I've had a status epilepticus which is when you have seizures that don't stop until you die, without intervention. I woke up in the ICU with my hands strapped to the bed, a feeding tube in, a catheter and an insanely sore throat from being intubated.
I also have had surgery where they drilled two holes in my skull and inserted two subdural electrodes to find out where the seizures originate from. That's under the dura matter, right on the surface of my brain. Still have two holes in my skull now. I always thought they'd grow over, but apparently just the exposed marrow? around the edges closed itself up.
So, I want to be donated to a university and turned into a skeleton when I die.
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I have sickle cell anemia.
My skin is white.
I've had doctors ask me 'are you sure you have sickle cell? Want to be retested?' This has happened 6 times that I remember. I've never seen my mom angrier lol.
Instead of sweating I just get really really cold when working out. So far no health problems just a cool way to freak out my friends.
I am a leap day baby! Coming up on 6 years old. :)
And when you reach your eighteenth birthday, you'll no longer be an apprentice pirate! Huzzah!
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Being reasonably well-adjusted despite spending years as a foster kid where some of the homes were abusive.
This made me smile. I hope your life continues to get better.
Three Times a Charm...
I've had chicken pox twice.
Me too! Apparently there is a "mild" and "not mild" version of the virus. The "mild" version protects against both strains, but the "not" version only protects against "not" strains. Thus, if you get the nasty version first, you can get the more mild version and have chicken pox twice. I have no idea how this will relate to shingles later in life, but we're probably screwed.
I'm an asian and also a natural ginger
I'll send a pic to the people who've asked to see in a bit, I don't wanna blow my reddit anonymity. Just DM me if you want to see and haven't left a comment yet.
18 Months In....Giphy
I'm an 18 month survivor of Stage 3 pancreatic cancer and currently in complete remission.
Being a doctor, I know how scary the pancreatic cancer is, so this made me smile. You only find out about it late, and the remission is very rare especially at a stage 3 or 4, which makes you very lucky. However gotta be careful, do your check-ups regularly because you never know.
Left handed, dyspraxic and coeliac!
I'm like the unicorn nobody asked for.
Left handed Praxies of the world unite!! Hey there buddy 😁
Life of the Party!
Cross-dominant, Aspie, Ulcerative Collitis, Hemipeligic Migraines, and Narcolespy.
I'm fun at parties.
I was present the two times the US was attacked on American soil. I lived in Pearl City, Hawaii just outside of Pearl Harbor when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on 12/7//1941. I worked in the Pentagon when a missile struck it on 9/11/2001.
Edit: To all those correcting me, yes it was a plane and not a missile. In my very old age I get confused sometimes. When I evacuated the Pentagon as ordered, I could see the part of the plane that was sticking out of the side of the Pentagon. Took me a hell of a long time to get home because of the incredible traffic jam that occurred in the aftermath.
The Rarity of Women.
I'm a colorblind woman. Apparently, it's 8x rarer in women than in men.
That's because women need two X chromosomes with the colorblind gene for it to present iirc. Otherwise, a woman is simply a carrier. This also means that a woman can only be colorblind if her father is also colorblind iirc.
Since men only have the one X, they only need one parent to have the gene. So you can have two color-seeing parents and a colorblind son. The mother was a carrier.
Edit: I should specify that this is true for red-green colorblindness, which is inherited through sex chromosomes. But blue colorblindness is not, and thus the statistics are different.
"See the air"
I have visual snow (you see tiny flickering dots everywhere).
I didn't realize there was a name for this. I remember when I was a little kid, maybe ten, trying to explain to my parents that I could "see the air," because everything seemed to be covered in tiny dots. I notice this more often in lower light situations, kinda looks like the grain or "noise" you'd see in a photo. But it's very mild for me so I don't know if it's the same thing.