Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.

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Everyday Health spoke with the country music superstar and his wife about how he is managing an illness that severely affects his speech and how he is finding hope through song. The music superstar is a superstar in the country music industry. In July 2013, Randy Travis, a well-known figure in the country music industry, went to the emergency room to complain of congestion. At the age of 54, the individual had a packed itinerary that included tour dates as well as an acting job in an upcoming television pilot.




In spite of this, everything was put on hold. Travis received treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which was brought on by a viral infection of the heart. He was admitted to Heart Hospital Baylor in Dallas, where he received treatment for his condition. Due to DCM, the chambers of the heart become enlarged and are unable to pump blood effectively.



Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.
Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.
Due to the fact that his heart had completely stopped beating, the medical staff hastened to put him on life support and placed him into an induced coma, which is a process that can assist in protecting the brain.

It was revealed by the medical staff that Travis had suffered a stroke, which had impacted the entire central part of his left brain when he emerged from that coma forty-eight hours later. The trauma appears to have been caused by a blood clot that originated in his heart and then went to his brain, according to the doctors’ hypothesis.




During Travis’s second coma, when his lungs had collapsed and he was placed on life support, his then-fiancee, Mary, was informed by medical professionals that he had a one percent chance of survival and that she should consider removing him from life support.

“I went to his bedside and asked him if he wanted to keep fighting,” says Mary, who became Travis’s wife in 2015. It was in 2015 when Mary became Travis’s wife. “A single tear escaped from his eye, and I noticed that he was not yet prepared to give up,” I said.
Mary turned to the medical professionals and urged them to do everything in their power to keep him alive. They did in fact.




 

Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.
Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.

Travis has been recovering from his accident for six years now, and he now spends the majority of his time at his ranch with Mary. Additionally, he goes to a weekly Bible study class in a nearby town. Mary is by his side most of the time to assist him in communicating because the stroke has severely restricted his ability to move his mouth and speak. Travis is also dedicated to assisting others in overcoming challenges that are comparable to his own.




The Randy Travis Foundation is an organization that was established by him and Mary to offer assistance to people who have suffered from cardiovascular disorders and strokes. In his book, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life, Travis highlighted the challenges he faced and the hope he had for the future.

Even in the most difficult times of his life. Travis expressed his determination in writing that he would get better and get back to doing the things that he enjoyed doing in life.




“Throughout my life, I had endured a great number of storms and had repeatedly been confronted with overwhelming odds, including instances in which other people had advised me to give up. In his writing, he stated, “I had not quit back then, and I was not about to quit now.”

Travis survived three episodes of pneumonia, three tracheostomies, and two brain surgeries during the course of five and a half months while he was hospitalized in two different hospitals. Over time, medical therapy was beneficial. With time, Travis was finally allowed to return home just before Thanksgiving in 2013.




 

Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.
Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.

Over the course of the subsequent two and a half years, he committed himself to rehabilitation for a total of four to five hours each and every day in order to once again learn how to walk and regain control of the right side of his body. As he was beginning his road to recovery, he encountered some difficulties with comprehension that were associated with his stroke. Certain commonplace items, such as a remote control, a television, and a toilet, were incomprehensible to him when he first returned home from the hospital. He began to question the meaning of these things.



Mary explains that at first, he was unable to comprehend what they were and what he should do with them, but that he gradually regained all of that comprehension.
In addition, Randy struggled with eyesight issues throughout the first six to nine months after he returned home from the hospital. This made the situation even more difficult.
“He had a hard time focusing and seeing, but everything came back to perfect,” recalls Mary. “He improved in all of those areas.” The phrase “It’s just a test of time”




 

Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.
Country singer Randy Travis shared a life-changing illness.

Attempting to regain his capacity to talk has been one of the most challenging challenges that Randy has faced. The National Aphasia Association estimates that between 25 and 40 percent of people who have survived a stroke are affected by a communication problem known as aphasia.

In her explanation, Mary says that aphasia is essentially a short between the brain and the lips.
In his book, Randy discusses the difficulties he face as a result of the condition:




When it came to me, my brain was functioning properly, and I was able to comprehend what Mary was saying to me; but, I was unable to react in anything that could be considered a phrase. At the time of our initial return to the house, I was unable to speak at all. Following a period of three months of speech treatment, I was finally able to learn how to pronounce the letter ‘A.’

In the end, after around one and a half years, I was able to recognize the words “yup,” “nope,” and “bathroom.” ‘I love you’ and a few other phrases are also within my vocabulary, but I am not able to express much more than that. This whole situation was exceedingly frustrating for me; I had the impression that I was confined within the confines of my own body.



With the assistance of a speech therapist, Mary describes the process as one of continuous repetition, ultimately resulting in the gradual reconstruction of the components of language.
“Randy has a great will, but it was very tedious,” she recalls. “It was very tedious.”


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