The kindness of strangers

This is a Finding Words story!

I had my stroke 1.5 years ago. My aphasia was particularly hard on me because I was a professor of mathematics and physics at a university before I had to retire. However I have learnt to explain my speech problem to everyone and ask that ‘bear with me’. I have been met with nothing but help, understanding and kindness. This has helped my speech and boosted my self-esteem immeasurably.