In January 2019, I was working in Kings Cross one day and suddenly I realised that I couldn’t change a word in a document I was reading. By the evening I was in hospital with a bleed in my brain. From that moment on, I found I couldn’t speak, read or write. For someone who made my living as a communicator, it was a massive blow. I was told that I have Aphasia which robs people of their language.
Roll forward 8 months and I have had speech therapy and some of my reading and writing is coming back although I can’t guarantee that I will be back ‘to normal’. I have met a charity called Living with Aphasia (livingwithaphasia.org) and I have made some videos for them to highlight how people with Aphasia struggle with very little support from health professionals or local authorities.
Aphasia is a communication disability, which usually occurs after a stroke or head injury. Its impact can be devastating leaving people unable to speak, understand, read or write.
“Suddenly losing your ability to communicate can be life changing. It can destroy confidence and lead to isolation and depression. 6,000 people across Devon struggle to live with aphasia and we’re here to help” – Living with Aphasia