THEIR WORDS follows the real-life profiles of four (4) different people living with aphasia, a communication disorder often caused by a stroke or brain injury. Aphasia can affect a person’s ability to speak, read, write, and comprehend. Each person’s experience and symptoms are different. These are their stories. These are their words.
Alyssa has always been fiercely independent and loves to travel. Just after turning 20 years old, while working abroad in Ireland, she experienced a massive stroke that left her unable to breathe or swallow on her own. She couldn’t walk or talk. Now, after almost 2 years of hard work in speech, physical, and occupational therapies, she’s ready to start writing the rest of her story.
A retired psychologist, Janet acquired aphasia when she had a stroke while on a trip with her sister. Not only does she still love to travel, but she has become fascinated with the brain’s neuroplasticity. With a sharp sense of humor and spitfire attitude, she’s ready to take on the world after years of isolation.
Bruce acquired aphasia through a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. He was riding his bike when he fell and injured his head. He was given a less than 10% survival rate at the hospital — and he proved them wrong! Bruce loves music and plays in six different bands, and he can’t wait to share his story with you all!
On February 6, 2018, Ryan suffered a massive ischemic stroke due to a rare condition called Eagle Syndrome. Throughout his recovery, he and Anna have seen miracles, learned a lot about themselves, and found purpose in the new life they’ve been gifted. Ryan’s aphasia journey has opened up new opportunities for them to give back to their beloved stroke and aphasia community.
Learn More About Aphasia
Most people have never heard of aphasia. Unless you or a loved one is impacted by aphasia, you’re not likely to know much about it. So, it might surprise you to learn that aphasia is actually a relatively common condition. Approximately 2 million people in the United States have aphasia, though estimates vary.
Approximately 180,000 people are diagnosed with aphasia every year. Aphasia can often be the result of a stroke or other brain injury, but it can look different from person to person. Learn more about the various ways aphasia can present in our What Is Aphasia eBook.
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