Friday, January 08, 2016

How would you cope with saying just two words?

I feel for this man - a stroke takes away most of his speech ability and leaves him with physical issues.

It's hugely frustrating when you can understand what is said, but you respond only with difficulty. I struggled after mine, and the man in the story below is having a far worse time in that sense. But as mentioned here more than once, aphasia doesn't decrease intelligence.

Follow this link to read about the man who can only say yes and no:
It's not strictly true that Graham can only say "yes" and "no". He can say "and", "no" and "mmm", which means yes, and he also makes an "urr" sound. When he says "and urr…" it means he has something else to say and wants you guess what it is. ...
In July 2013 Graham had a severe stroke that has left him almost unable to express himself. He can't read properly or write but he is able to understand everything said to him. He can't move his right arm and has limited movement in his right leg, both of which cause him pain.
A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off - often by a clot blocking a blood vessel. "The repercussions of a stroke can impact your brain in a huge spectrum of ways. Almost all of which are life altering," says Cate Burke, assistant director of education and training at Stroke Association.
Yes. Life altering. How has it altered your life, and how to you find ways to cope?

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