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17 Stories That Go From Kinda Sad To Great

In the words of the great Kelly Clarkson, "What doesn't kill you... makes you stronger."

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to share with us the best thing that happened to them so far in 2017. They shared their stories but what stood out the most were the stories people shared about how they were able to turn a negative into a positive. Inspirational, indeed! *tips hat*

1. The lost dog

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"On New Year’s Day I was literally given the best present I could’ve ever asked for. After three months of looking for my lost dog, I had finally found him thanks to the kindness of a stranger that just so happened to see my lost dog poster on Facebook." —jenniferp416f2492c

2. The divorce

"I know it’s a strange thing to feel happy about, but my partner and I amicably separated after being unhappy for a really long time. Since then we have made a solid co-parenting/financial plan, we’re getting along much better, and I’m able to be a far better parent to our two kids since I’m not anxious and unhappy all the time. After feeling miserable and trapped for the past few years, I’m now full of hope for the future." —kristykristykristy

3. The stolen purse

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

"My purse was stolen two weeks before my 30th birthday. In it was a Lululemon gift card that I had been saving until I hit my goal weight. My sister knew how bummed I was so she bought me the pants I was going to pick out. It didn’t replace everything, but it so thoughtful and meant so much to me." —amberlayne

4. The baby

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

"My husband and I are expecting our rainbow baby after having a miscarriage last February. This time last year we learned that I had miscarried and it was a very difficult thing to go through. Needless to say we are excited to meet our son this June!" —stephanyv40bd331e6

5. The neighbor

"My mom and last living parent passed away on January 13. After the dust settled, my friend Lea came over and whipped up the most exquisite Serbian-Croatian meal for my family and I. She cooked everything, kept us filled with food and unique beers, and then cleaned the whole kitchen. Knowing I have a friend like her makes moving through my grief a little easier." —blackbirdsingxx

6. The new normal

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

"I am trying to find my new normal after having brain surgery a year ago. Last week, I was sitting with a family who had taken their mother off of life support. We began to make small talk and I mentioned that I wanted to go to the beach. The son-in-law offered the family’s beachfront condo. I cried the whole drive there because I haven’t been able to go anywhere since the car accident in 2014. It was amazing!" —michellex2plus

7. The Cayman Islands

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer...which kind of sucks. The most amazing thing that's happened is how much everyone wants to be there for me in my community. I live in the Cayman Islands where not a lot of people have family around but everyone has been going above and beyond making me food, doing grocery shopping, or just downloading amazing music I can rock out to when needed. I love the Cayman Islands and the community that it breeds." —estherroux24

8. The Christmas miracle

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

"Being a single mom means holidays can be complicated. This year, my daughter didn’t get a single Christmas gift from her father. For months, I had been prepping him with simple gift ideas, which he promised to send to her...but never did. After seeing my pain/frustration, a group of women from my gym anonymously pulled together and got my daughter exactly what I had asked her father to give. I cried so many happy tears that night!" —slhealey

9. The old dog

My dog died in the first couple of weeks of 2017 after having him for my entire childhood. I was so upset I didn’t tell any of my friends because I didn’t feel I could talk about it without breaking down in school, but when I went in to class the next day my friends had all come together to buy me a picture frame with me and my dog in it, so I ended up breaking down anyway. Great friends always know what to do." —mollyt47e2ee7a1

10. The driver's license

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

"Last January I was having panic attacks which made it really hard for me to get my driver's license. After a slow year of practicing, starting therapy for my anxiety, and coughing up the money for professional driving lessons, I am proud to say I finally got my driver’s license in January 2017! I bought a little car and named her after Rosie the Riveter. I am loving my freedom!" —ericaengelify

11. The move to NYC

"I was dumped by my first love late December, so 2017 started off ROUGH. But the breakup has really helped me see a new perspective. I have an amazing support system in my friends and family, I’m about to move to NYC for college so I’ll get to experience being single in New York, and I got into the program at school that will allow me to learn everything I want to learn for my dream career. What a life!" —emilyfaerie

12. The Valentine's Day bus ride

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

"My bus driver noticed that one of the girls on our route was sick on Valentine's Day, so he went out, bought the largest valentine he could find, and had us all sign it. Melted my dark heart just a smidge." —jacks4a087a9d8

13. The counselor

"I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which effects the collagen in my body. I have chronic pain in my shoulders, back, hips, knees, and ankles. My condition just recently got really bad, and I’m only 17 years old just trying to get through my senior year. I got depressed and just felt really hopeless about my future. But I’m not gonna let it keep me down. I just applied to college, something I didn’t think I would be able to do. I’m going to get my degree in counseling. I face battles every day with my EDS, both physically and emotionally, but I don’t have to face them alone. That’s why I want to be a counselor: to help people, like I have been helped." —haleyj49b4f6eca

14. The kind stranger

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

"I started a new medication (after 15 other fails) to help with my severe bipolar depression. It’s not covered by my insurance, which I found out when I went to pick it up. The cost is $20 but I haven’t been working due to being sick so I had to wait until payday. I left to go bury myself in bed being so deep in my suck hole depression. I got a call from my pharmacy — they said to come pick up my medication. It had been paid for by an anonymous customer. Not only had they paid for my first month of medications, they put $100 toward my prescriptions. It’s been two weeks since i started my new medication and my world is so different now, I can finally see through my depression." —r4732565ca

15. The apartment fire

"I had an apartment fire in January and my family and I were at Target getting new things to get back on our feet. The overall price was over $300. An adorable, sweet young couple overheard us talking about the fire and paid for our whole cart! The couple told us someone had helped their family when they had a fire in the past, so they wanted to help us. I hope I can help someone like that one day." —oliviajordan2003

16. The new apartment

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

"2017 is the year that I got my very own apartment. I’m 29 and I have a disability, so I was never able to afford it before. My dad generously offered to help me out and now I get some of that independence that I’ve been craving for so long. It’s lovely to feel like life is moving forward during a time when so much seems backward." —sciencestarlet

17. The miracle

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"I get to bring my son home from the hospital this week. Four months ago, he was born 11 weeks early weighing two pounds four ounces. It was really hard not having my baby home for the holidays, but he is doing well now and I am so proud to be his mom. Everything can only get better!" – rachelsporyh

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