Country singer Randy Travis sometimes sings about faith and spiritual healing, but his real life struggle and recovery might be the ultimate proof of God’s infinite grace.
In 2013, Randy Travis’s stroke left him unable to speak or even walk. Initially, Travis visited the hospital as a result of a case of viral cardiomyopathy, an inflammation of the heart’s muscles which leads to heart failure because the heart can’t pump enough blood to the rest of the body. The resulting heart failure lead to the aforementioned stroke.
It’s been four years since Travis’s life-threatening accident, and the “I Told You So” singer is beating the odds. In an interview with CNN, Randy Travis’s wife, Mary Travis, disclosed that her husband is recovering. In his own words, he’s “good,” and according to Mary, he’s making “giant baby steps.”
“It’s little things that mean so much when you’re recovering from a stroke,” Mary told CNN. “We never know when the end point is but we’re happy with every little change, every little sound, every little word, every new task.”
For Mary, a highlight of her husband’s recovery happened when the couple was driving through Tennessee.
“We were coming out of Memphis and overhead was a sign, ‘Nashville’ and he was over in the passenger seat and went, ‘Woo hoo!’ and he pointed up and he said, ‘Nashville.'” she recounted. “I just sat over there in the driver’s seat and cried because I knew then that he read that sign, and he recognized the word, and then he said it. That’s a huge thing. Huge for us.”
After the stroke, Travis, not surprisingly, has stayed out of the spotlight to focus on his recovery. However, in 2016, the singer made a rare appearance when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and blessed the audience with a moving rendition of Amazing Grace, his anthem, said Mary.
“Going through this ordeal with his health, stroke and flatlining and making it back, when there was every opportunity in the world for God to take him home … we’ve truly lived the life of amazing grace,” she said.
Travis is on a long road to recovery, but he is enthusiastically adamant about recording new music. What an inspirational story. We’re rooting for his full recovery!
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Country Music Stars Then And Now
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She was always beautiful!
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Even as a tot, the Aussie country rocker loved the shaggy look.
Country Music Stars Then And Now Kelly Clarkson
That smile had star-wattage even then!
Not much has changed!
Country Music Stars Then And Now Leann Rimes
Such a kissable face!
Country Music Stars Then And Now Blake Shelton
Baby Blake's grin has stayed pretty much the same!
Country Music Stars Then And Now Dolly Parton
Young Dolly seems trying hard to put on a happy face.
Country Music Stars Then And Now Shania Twain
Her life started off rough, but you can never tell by Shania's smiley-baby pic.
Country Music Stars Then And Now Trisha Yearwood
When she posted the pic of herself as little girl to Facebook, Trisha Yearwood called it her first diva photo!
Country Music Stars Then And Now Kenny Chesney
It doesn't look like Kenny ever had much hair!
Country Music Stars Then And Now Miranda Lambert
We love the hat!
Country Music Stars Then And Now Carrie Underwood
She had the performing chops from waaay back!
Country Music Stars Then And Now Tim Mcgraw
He's still got that slightly mischievous look!
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