My name is Richan Robinson. I was born on April 13, 1994 to my wonderful parents Janet Robinson and Richard Robinson. My parents had three beautiful girls; total; I was the oldest, Shelly-Ann and Grace Robinson. My mom is a teacher and my dad is a Pastor. They knew that we would face trials, temptations, have times where we doubt God but in it all it made my family stronger through trusting God in spite of what we may go through.
My story started in the year 1997 at the age of 3, where I was living in Jamaica. One day, I was playing with my toys and my mom was calling me for lunch and she was not getting a response so; she began to worry and ran towards me where she found me having a seizure. She called my dad and they both did not know what to do or what was happening. They picked me up and brought me to the closest Hospital in Mandeville. As the hospital admitted me, the doctor came and spoke to my mom and told her that her 3 year old daughter had a stroke. In that moment, my parents were in shock and could not believe what they were being told. The doctor told my parents that due to lack of materials they did not have the machines to take care of me. So, I was Air Ambulanced back to Canada to Sick Children’s Hospital where they did all kinds of tests and nothing could be found as to why I had a seizure that turned into a stroke. I was released five days or so later and asked to come back for follow up visits. After a year, they did not find anything wrong and they told my parents she is fine. We went back to Jamaica where we lived and I went to school.
At 5 years old, I had another seizure at home and was rushed to the hospital. For the second time I was Air Ambulanced back to Canada due to having a second Stroke. I was in a Coma and did not know what was happening. I was in the Coma for a couple of weeks before I woke up. While in the coma, it was amazing to hear everything that people were saying and knowing how much they cared. My mom would not leave my bed side and she would pray without ceasing even when the Doctors told my parents that I would be a vegetable for the rest of my life. A couple weeks later, I woke up out of my Coma and the doctors could not believe what was happening. When the nurse checked me out my vitals were good but, I could not walk, write or talk; but I had my hearing and my eyesight. I was then sent to Bloorview MacMillian Rehabilitation so, I could regain my verbal, physical skills. It was a long road of recovery but I can say BUT GOD!!!!
I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour in 2007, when I was thirteen years old. I can tell you that it was the best decision that I made. I could have died if I was not predestined to do God’s Work. Romans 8:30 says, “Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” He is going to keep you.” God kept us through it all and proved every man that thought I would not amount to anything WRONG. I am now Walking, Talking, Driving and much more. I was never supposed to live past 16 but; I am 22 years old, graduated College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma and pursuing University. I am not saying that my path was easy and still not easy. As a result of my stroke I have problems doing math science and psychology just to name a few. I also have migraines when I am stress and can lead to me not being able to walk, talk and need to sleep it off for a few days. Corinthians 10:13 says, “no temptation” — or “test” since it is the same word in Greek — “no test has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted [tested] beyond your ability” — or beyond what you are able — “but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” In spite of it all, I give God the Glory, the Honour for the Victory that he won for his Daughter. I am a VICTOR in Jesus Christ, don’t give up keep moving no matter how many times you fall get back up. Praise Jesus in everything that you do and you will see the Blessings.
God Bless Who reads my Story. I hope you are inspired and encouraged.