Thursday, June 2, 2011

Not One In A Million And Proud Of It

If I were to ask older rhythm and blues lovers their favorite Lary Graham song, I am certain that many of them would respond with, “One In A Million You”. The song topped the U.S. and British charts in 1980 when I was just a young girl.

Since then several other artists like Aliyah, Bosson (Swedish), Hannah Montana, Ne-Yo, Guns -n-Roses, Selena (Latino), and even Veggie Tales have produced songs  in the musical genre’s of Pop, R&B, and Rock about someone being that special one standing out from all the others.

The bad news for me is that I am NOT one in a million. I’m one of 2 Million.  Fact: 160,000 Americans under the age of 50 have a stroke each year.

Multiply that by my 13 years of survival and that makes me one of 2,080,000.  That’s how many people have suffered a stroke since 1998 when I was stricken with no warning.  I didn’t fit the profile of a potential stroke sufferer but it happened.

I could complain but
                                     ...I am able to walk

                            ....I am able to talk

                            ....I no longer have a slanted smile

                            ....I no longer slobber because of no feeling

                            ....I may write small but I can write

                            ....I have feeling on my right side

All of this happened because I am one in two million. But, I am proud to be a survivor and have a voice to express it. I am unique!! 

Last weekend I celebrated my son's 8th birthday. The doctor told me that I would not be able to have kids but the doctor did not have the last words. Even when I had my son, I was sick with a disease that kills many.

I can think of so many things to complain about but I look at how far I have come. I look at my life as, "At least I got all my illnesses (that an older person statistically gets) out of the way!" :)

I will live a long life and share it with my wonderful son, family and friends. I been there and done that, I suffered and survived!