I guess you could say that February 10, 2004 was not my best day. While my day started out as a routine business day, it ended in tragedy that changed my life forever.
While parking my vehicle at a hotel, an assailant jumped into the front seat of my vehicle, put a gun to my head and demanded money. I grabbed the gun while it was still in the assailant’s hand and noticed a second armed person approaching. I actually tried to aim the gun and fire at the second assailant, but the first assailant overpowered me and I lost my grip. After a short fight, I was shot in the head. When I regained consciousness I discovered I had been shot twice in my right shoulder.
I was transported to a Medical Center, placed in the Trauma Unit, and then transferred to the ICU. To make a long story short, due to the swelling in my brain, I was unable to speak. I then suffered a stroke from the injury.
I was able to go home with intense physical, occupational and speech therapy. Part of my speech therapy included going out into public and attempting to communicate normally. Knowing what I wanted to say and being able to say them were two different things and very frustrating.
One of the first places we visited was the Cumberland Chick-fil-A. At first, I was frustrated and embarrassed, but shortly it subsided after the staff at this Chick-fil-A showed kindness and patience with me. That small act of kindness by the employee made me want to return again and again and now it is almost my daily routine. I have become friends with the store Operator and most of the staff.
On my 65th birthday, I went to "MY" Chick-fil-A and they were ready for me. They had my usual table decorated and surprised me a birthday cake.
So with God's help and the kindness of the Chick-fil-A employee I met that first day and many more after, I can honestly say that Chick-fil-A had a major impact on my healing and my life. Mr. Don Ward should be proud of his management and employees.
Thank you and God Bless