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APHASIA IS A REALITY!!

LIFE AFTER A STROKE

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Becky Forbis
Member
Female
About Me

My stroke was Novemer 2, 2011.  I was left paralized on my right side.  With a lot of hard work and determination, I have regained the mobility and can walk without assistance.  However, the Aphasia, I suffer with everyday.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Speaking


Bill Blodgety
Member
Male
About Me
I suffer my stroke 6 years ago. I was lucky I was in the gym when I had my stroke.
If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Physical


Bill Connors
Member
Male
71 years old
About Me

I am an aphasia therapist and founder of www.aphasiatoolbox.com.  I will be presenting in Windsor to speech therapists in May and at the International Aphasia Conference in June in Montreal.  



KC
Member
Female

Larry Hellerman
Member
Male
64 years old
About Me

I am a 57 yr old  retired  accountant, a 7 year stroke survivor with some left side paralysis remaining, able to live a pretty full and active life, the retirement forced on me by the stroke has given me  time to travel with friends and family; cuba, nassau, the yukon, California, and hopefully more to come.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

walking, use of left hand,


Teresa
Member
Female
About Me

Hello! You are to be congratulated for seeing your way through a stroke and its affects. I have been in discussion with a stroke survivor dealing with aphasia. I have a question.

Would you consider contributing your story? I am currently writing a book about health challenges and wondered if you are willing to share. Hopefulness is my focus. Please let me know what you think. I am on the level, wish to avoid harm to you, and will answer any questions you have. I look forward to hearing from you.

Teresa


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

no stroke


krisPT1
Member
Female
About Me


kw-stroke
Member
Male
About Me

If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Speak is hard


CFaith23
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Female

CaitD
Member
Female
About Me

In 2007 my Opa had a massive stroke. He was completely numb on the left side of his body and lost his speech completely. Eventually his speech came back, but he is still numb on his left side. He is currently being looked after at a long-term care facility.

His stroke was not only a huge impact on him, but a huge impact on me and my family. It took us all by surprise; but then again, you can't really prepare for these things. My Opa survived, but his quality of life has taken a dive. It breaks my heart every day.

Some people bounce back from strokes, some almost completely. My Opa wasn't so lucky. My heart goes out to all the families who have been affected by a stroke.



Cathy
Member
Female

Connie
Member
Female
59 years old
About Me

I am the parent of a 21 year old stroke survivor. Our daughter sufered a massive left cerebral artery stroke in June 2010. After a year of instense physical, occupational and speech therapy, her biggest obstacle is her speech. She has aphasia and apraxia. Prior to her stroke, she was very healthy, athletic and a professional snowboard instructor in B.C. Her stroke has been confirmed as the result of using of birth control pills.

Throughout the past year, her positive attitude and determination to be an Olympic snowboarder, have played an important role in her recovery. To look at her, most people would not notice she had a stroke, until she begins to talk. To a person who had a gift to talk sincerely with anyone, her lack of speech is very evident. Sometimes she can get out what she wants, but often words are missing or do not come out as she would like. Aphasia is sometimes worse than a physical disability, people do not understand and can be very impatient. Especially for a young beautiful person, they think she is on some type of drug or just giving them a hard time. The public needs to be made more aware of these horrible invisible disabilities called aphasia and apraxia.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

speck


DGH
Member
Male
About Me




Frank Austin
Site Owner
Male
About Me


Frank Austin/Founder
Member
Male
52 years old
About Me

If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

speak and write


John
Member
Male

Judie
Member
Female
71 years old
About Me

I had a very massive stroke on June 17th ,2011, but was lucky enough to receive the magic drug to dissolve the clot. By the next day I was much like my old self, but they discovered a second clot and I spent almost 2 weeks in hospital.

I am much better now than when I came home, but I still seem to be weak, tired and have trouble speaking when I am stressed or tired.

I didn't drive for well over a year, and then hurt my knee and have just started driving again, but only around town, not to the city.

My husband Bob saved my life by recognizing my stroke and getting fast help, and my kids and grandgirls have been super supportive, as well as my 3 best friends and my family.I am so very lucky to have so much support.



If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

both are hard


Kenneth Lewallen
Member
Male
56 years old

Ross Brooks
Member
Male
79 years old
About Me

Had my stroke in 2001 while having quadruple bypass surgery in London.  I have aphasia, incontinence, memory problems and cognitive problems.  I am a CA and no longer know numbers.  I used to read a lot.  I no longer can read or use the computer.  My wife is doing this for me.  I sleep a lot because of boredom.  I go to Hardy Hearts twice a week at KW hospital.  Cardiac Rehab Centre.  Physically, I am well.  I have a scrambled brain.  I was very happy to see the photo in the paper of Frank Austin and again trying to explain to the world what aphasia means.  My hearing is also affected and a hearing aid is not helping at the moment.  I am interested in talking with others with aphasia.

Thanks,



Valerie
Member
Female
48 years old
About Me

I am the mother of Kevin who is 21 and Candice who is 16.  I moved back to my hometown of Merritt, BC in February 2007.  I had a major stroke in March, 2005 and am now disabled.  Unable to use my left arm and a weak left leg hasn't stopped me from living a meaningful life.  Hard work, stubbornness, a strong support team and perserverance is paying off.  I live independantly and recently found a job that is suitable for me.  To all you Stroke Survivors out there...STAY POSITIVE AND NEVER, EVER GIVE UP!


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