Survival isn't mandatory. You weren't going to die or drown in the struggle. You didn't fight like hell because you had to live. You fought like hell to live better. To rise above. To reach for the vision that wasn't a reality yet and needed your heart, sweat, tears, terror and love to create your new real.
So no. You didn't just survive. You were living grander than you ever had. Intentionally pushing and fighting the status quo because evolution to you is more important. Because a life full of love was the only way to be and so it became.