Eddie Anderson wears many hats. Those of husband, father, brother and uncle happen to be his favorites but perhaps best known to the Lawton community is that of the diligent, humming mailman.
It wasn’t too long ago when Anderson was the one who needed to be reached out to. Along his delivery route last May 11 he suffered a stroke.
“I just sat down in my truck and lost all of my right side,” he said. “I couldn’t speak. I didn’t know what I was going to do. I finally got a hold of my wife on the phone and all I could do was cry.
Thanks to the GPS unit installed in Anderson’s carrier truck, he was found quickly by medical professionals and managed to survive the incident. Knowledgeable doctors, solid insurance and physical therapy appointments were appreciated, but it was the love of family and friends that pulled Anderson through.
“When this happened, I mean the people that I serve were sending cards and flowers,” he said. “I was getting two or three phone calls a day. It was that closeness that meant so much to me.”
Anderson attests he never lost mental capacity during his stroke, which puzzled him and him doctors. It was a horrific experience but couldn’t seem to shake his faith. Anderson hit his route again as soon as he could.
“I’ve come through it well,” he said. “God was looking out for me. I guess God has been looking out for me for a long time.”