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!


  1. Go Tia! Nice blog. I used to go to H.S. with you and my gf played with you (Nikia Butler). You definitely were an amazing player and I always knew you were destined for success. I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune, but I'm glad to hear that you bounced back. God takes care of all of his children. Keep the faith and thank you for caring enough to share your experiences with the world.

  2. You are so right Tia, there is no need to complain and I'm glad you don't, but instead you chose to do something positive and productive as you are doing. Keep up the good work and keep the faith that the Lord will keep you in perfect harmony with yourself and life.

    Love Aunt Sandy

  3. To: ccf_geek... I thank you for your comment. God does take care of his children, he definitely took care of me. I hope that my experiences can help someone get through. I hope that somebody can take a little piece of what I have been through and it may help them through there circumstances. GOD IS GOOD!

  4. Aunt Sandy...He has brought US through so many obstacles so there is no need to complain. We are here for reason, we are favored and I believe that one of my reasons is to be a testimony to others.