When Statistics Don’t Matter

by Cathy Miller

in Miller Musings, On Everyday Life

bigstock-Live-life-handwritten-in-sand--19587326We rationalize life events with the odds stacked on our side.

  • Most people do this
  • The majority do that
  • Chances are, I’m right

When I received the dreaded call-back on the heels of my mammogram, I knew the odds.

Statistics were on my side.

  • Only 8% to 10% of call-backs require a biopsy
  • 80% of those biopsies will be benign

Sometimes, statistics don’t matter.

Cosmic Joke

Although I should know better, I couldn’t help viewing this event as God’s little joke.

With 2013 being the 10th anniversary of my Fight Like A Girl team’s participation in the 3-Day Walk for the Cure, was I going to be the next team member diagnosed with breast cancer?

Turns out – statistics were on my side.

Further tests proved negative.

But, I couldn’t help but think how little statistics matter.

  • To those diagnosed with cancer
  • To parents of a sick child
  • To survivors who beat the odds

Statistics are just numbers.

What’s in our heart is what matters most.

Live life to its fullest.



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Lori February 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

Amen for the negative results, Cathy. You’re right — statistics only matter when they’re affecting you directly.
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Cathy February 22, 2013 at 7:09 am

Thanks, Lori. Even then, they don’t seem to matter in terms of what we feel. I appreciate you dropping by. :-)


Anne Wayman February 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

whew! The trouble with stats is they don’t address just me. So hard to stay in the moment with those calls. hugs


Cathy February 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

Whew is right, Anne. ;-) I’ve always said with numbers & stats, there are so many ways you can spin them. Thanks for the words & hugs, Anne. :-)


Kaylors February 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Nice read, so many people live their lives by what other people do and what everyone else things. I definitely dont think its the way to go and if anything I go against that common trend after been few a few hard times and having time to think about the decisions I made to get there.

Just because the last 100 people suffered because of an illness does not mean a cure will not be found tomorrow and that 100% suffer rate could flip to 100% survival overnight.


Cathy February 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Well said, Kaylors. I like that view on life. :-) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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