Raise your hand if you should be dead.
My hand is sure up there.
100 years ago, the average life expectancy was about 48. If you had 4 kids, there was a 50-50 chance one would die before age 5. And by the time you were 21, half of the population had already lost a parent. source (ok, I have no idea how accurate it is, but the numbers sound right to me!)
I would have died in childbirth. My two little sisters would have died in infancy. Another sister would be blind. My husband would have died as a teenager. Girly-lou would have likely been one of those minuscule graves.
I remember discussing childbirth while sitting at a table with 8 other women. 5 of us would have died without modern medicine.
I didn't because my condition is easily solved now. Thousands of other people are also alive because of the miracle of medical knowledge. Now that's something to be grateful for!