|Posted by Frank Austin on September 28, 2010 at 2:46 PM|
Recently I was given an opportunity to grow with a bunch of people to camp. I remember laughing with my wife about going to camp again this summer. At 44 years of age and I was being sent to camp. And you know what it was awesome.
Unlike as a kid, this was not rustic, musty or damp. This was aphasia camp, and as far as I'm concerned it was better.
We had basically all the facilities of a chalet and activities and to be March of Dimes along with the others put together a great program.
What made it better with the people. The people that ran the, their support and attendants. And of course the residences, myself to made this event a pleasant and memorable events. So consider this a little report like giving in school about what you did in summer. I went to camp and I am not embarrassed by.
Dealing with aphasia, because of a stroke has been very difficult for myself emotionally. Like others, it is tiring and difficult to laugh. Since my stroke of two years ago I have not really laugh or really forgot how to have fun. Being too wrapped up in getting better, or getting too serious about therapy, getting a job, having your identity taken away people forget that laughter is the best medicine.
I made some friends that camp, but for me care was refreshing. I was exhausted when I got home, but it was a good exhaustion. For me to years is too long to start living again.
The people that I met are real and genuine. And when I say laughter and having fun, it was not forced. Since my stroke yes I've had some chuckles forced a few laughs, but it has been difficult because with the aphasia to say the punch line comes way off. I miss the humor in my life. But now I am back. The March of Dimes and the organizations that helped put it together, I say thank you. I found my smile.
I'm proud to be part of the March of Dimes, Adult Recreation Therapy Centre ( ARTC) , SLP students, attendants coordinators and of course our sponsors. All of you I say kudos, thank you very much, and look forward to next camp or even helping. In my opinion, it was a success.
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