Carl McIntyre is a well known and beloved actor throughout the southeastern theater and production communities. On September 15, 2005 Carl suffered a severe stroke. Immediately following the stroke, Carl was virtually unable to speak, a condition known as Aphasia. He also suffered from coordination difficulties.
Like many stroke survivors, Carl was told that his recovery would plateau between six months and a year and a half. After this eighteen month threshold, little new progress should be expected. This turned out to not be the case.
Nearly five years since his stroke, Carl continues to make significant improvement. Exhaustive speech and occupational therapy have helped him regain his ability to speak, though he still has difficulty with sentences longer than a few words. His vocabulary has improved dramatically, and his coordination is almost to the level it was pre-stroke. Best of all, Carl's cognitive abilities are largely intact. His memory and his reasoning skills are both very strong.
In 2008, Carl began making presentations to Speech-Language Pathology classes about his experiences during the stroke and his subsequent recovery process. It is the success of these presentations which sparked the idea for the film project and the development of other presentations. The success of the film Aphasia has led to Carl's new purpose and career as a motivational speaker. He has captivated audiences across the country with his inspiring story and continues to spread the message of hope in the face of adversity nationwide.