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Jodi C.
Jodi C.
Survivor

Tracey E.
Tracey E.
Survivor

Reciprocal Empowerment
Reciprocal Empowerment
Healthcare Professional

Daily Inspiration
Daily Inspiration
Stroke Survivor

Sheila H.
Sheila H.
Survivor

Kurt B.

Kurt
Kurt

Survivor

On May 2, 2008 I had a stroke. At work I had a minor headache, but I did not think it was anything major. At the end of the day I went home and I started to get a little dizzy. I thought it was a heart attack. At that time I was going to call 911 at my home, but, since no one was at home, I decided to call a neighbor to call 911. When they took me to the hospital they found that I had a clot on my left hand side. At that time, I was not able to say anything. I had Aphasia. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others, and most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing. Luckily, my only issue was my aphasia, and my impairment was noticeable. At the same time, my impairment was mild.

After three months I was able to work, but still was not working 100%. Slowly, I started working 50% to 75% and after six months I was working 100%. Now, it has been more than two years, and despite the rehab folks and some doctors, my aphasia is getting better and better. People need to know that aphasia is not like a cold, and it does not get better in a few weeks. For Aphasia it takes a few years! ...But it does get better over time!

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