I was born with cerebral palsy and when I was little, my mom was told by this doctor she took me to that I probably would not live to see age ten. My 43rd birthday is in a little under four weeks. In my lifetime, I made it all the way through high school (although, how, I still don't know), and part way through college with the goal of getting a degree in communications.And, briefly had a job in a local photo studio where I developed film. It was during this time (mid 1990's) that my health started to make it impossible for me to put in a full day.
Now, I live in what used to be my grandparents house (it's mine now) with my girlfriend, which I did not even have until I was 40, (That's a subject for another discussion, suffice it to say, it had to do with my disability) though we had been lifelong friends long before we were together, and work on my computer from home.
I guess you could say I'm a survivor. THAT'S how I define success in life.