On the tip of my tongue –
living with Aphasia
Imagine you are suddenly robbed of the ability to communicate. You
find it difficult to speak, write and understand language, both
verbal and written.
My story is that I was in a meeting and suddenly I couldn’t write some changes in a document I was working on. In the hospital they told me that I had a bleed on my brain. Speaking was difficult as was writing. Interesting, I could read perfectly well in my head but not out loud.
My condition is called Aphasia.
With some speech therapy, I began to recover but I am not back to my old self. As I got to know other people with Aphasia, I realised that there is little help out there once the rehabilitation has ended.
This story is about Aphasia and what a devastating condition it can be and what can be done to make lives easier and connect with lives again.
Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke, particularly in
older individuals. But brain injuries resulting in aphasia may also
arise from head trauma, from brain tumors, or from infections.