I am … a Survivor.
Hi, my name is Cecil Watson, I come from a small town in Indiana and I’m 34 years old. When I was 5, in 1988, I was at my aunt’s house with my mom and brothers. I was playing outside when I fell down and I could remember not being able to get back up. My mom kept telling me to stop playing around but when I told her I wasn’t playing she came and pick me up. That’s when she realized that I was right and that I was not playing. Thinking back, I don’t remember this happening but from what my mother could recall this is what happened.
She looked into my eyes and noticed that they started to roll backward. She immediately rushed me to the ER and by the time we got there the first ER told her to take a seat but my mom knew she had no time to mess around with that so she rushes me to the other ER. When we got to the other ER in town we were at the point where I was dying and the ER called code blue through the intercom. They started to work on me and got me to the back where they ran some test. At the time they could not give my mom an answer to what was going on. The hospital told my mom that they wanted me to go to the children’s hospital in Indianapolis but there was no way to get me there that day and if I had a chance to live I would need to go now. Frantic, my mom said she would take the chance and drive me there herself, about an hour drive away, she had to sign a waiver to take me.
She then rushed and took me to the children’s hospital where they ran more tests on me. The hospital found that I had had 3 brain stem strokes and had no clue why. They said I would never walk or talk again, I stayed in that same hospital for 2 more weeks as they kept running every test they could on me. They even ran a blood test on my mom just to see if it was something I could have gotten from the gene pool but everything was coming back normal. After another 2 weeks, I was getting better and they let me go home. I had to learn how to do everything again I learned how to walk, talk, eat, and use the restroom again. It was a lot of work but I did it! Yes, I had a lot of issues but I overcame them. I had to take a few grades over again because was older and wasn’t able to learn as fast and by the time I was in 7th grade I had turned 16.
My health was always a big problem, I will not lie the biggest problem I have is with bad migraines and because of them, I had to drop out of school. I can’t get SSI or SSA because they say I can work, I do work but I have a hard time with it. I have a family now, 3 kids and a wife that are my world. I worry that one day they will have to deal with me after I have a major stroke but if I have anything to give it is that you just have to be strong and keep strong.
This my story Cecil Watson 5/22/2017