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!