In honor of National Aphasia Awareness Month, we at the Center have decided to showcase some of the stories of the people we help. In the writings that follow, the struggle with language is apparent, and so is the bravery and determination.
Aphasia is Inside by Pat
Well friends, aphasia is inside. I can talk around and around and around. But it is not correct. All the words are inside the carousel and aphasia makes me there. Friends have no idea what I’m really talking about. It wants to come out!!! But aphasia has two reasons to keep going.
You can do number one or two. Number one will help speaking, reading and writing. Practice all of them every day. Number two is not good. The opposite can’t be good. Eventually your brain quits. There will be “no” speak, read or write.
In July 2007, in Iraq, I got shot in the left-head of my skull. I have big time Wernicke’s and a little Broca’s. Since then I get better and better. It took me years to understand aphasia. So that is why I decide to do with Number 1.
Life Will Still Go On by Christie
Aphasia is something that no one knows until it happens to you. I would like to get the word out so people can understand and be aware about it. It happens to one out of 250 people living with aphasia. It makes you wonder who you know. I would like people to recognize that living with aphasia is difficult but you deal with it as best as you can. I want people to understand that it takes time so be patient and give them plenty of time to get their words out. You must understand that every day is a blessing in even the smallest ways. Life will go on so make it what you want.
Intelligence is Still the Same by Perry
The person is reading, writing, and speech — aphasia. The aphasia is from stroke, war fighting, aneurysm, gun to the head, etc. I had a stroke; John was war fighting; and woman was brain tumor, etc. The Stroke Comeback Center allowed us to be well and good. The aphasia is changing over days, months, and years – changing life. There are no medicine pills.
A person talked person aphasia — patience, patience, and patience. (Author is 2 twin daughters, and patience, right correct). Intelligence is the same.
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