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Aphasia can be caused by a Stroke, TIA, and Brain Injuries. According to researchers over 2 million people in the United States suffer from this disorder and over 100,000 people a day are stricken by this disorder. 

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June 14, 2015 · 7:48 pm

Last week I visited the Northeast Rehabilitation  Hospital at Pease International  Tradeport in  Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  It is a beautiful facility  with a welcoming and compassionate speech pathology staff. I was invited  to speak to their Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group.  They were a wonderful group of people who listened intently and offered a wealth of information.. The question/answer and discussion segment was enlightening, their stories and accomplishments were outstanding.  We shared our difficulties concerning aphasia, coping skills,  the feeling of isolation, and the awkward feeling of being “different.”  We discussed how the stroke/brain injuries  gave us a  new life which we should enjoy to the fullest.  We decided to discard the ‘old baggage’ and eliminate people from our  life who make us uncomfortable.    I was asked what I missed the most after my stroke; my response was an emotional moment – teaching.  As the group was leaving a lovely woman approached me in tears. She also was a teacher who desperately needed to teach again.  We brainstormed and arrived at some possibilities for her to return to the world of education. She hugged me as we both  cried for our loss of teaching abilities and  new ideas to be part of the education system again including writing lesson plans and up dating curriculum. We both departed with a sense of hope and thoughts of beginning her new life.  Support groups  can change lives – join one to listen and share. You will definitely feel better.

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May 19, 2015 · 6:56 pm

This week I had the pleasure of meeting BJ Williams at the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.  While preparing for my radio program in November I came across an article written by this organization – it was absolutely fascinating.  At times I thought  I was reading an  article on stroke survivors and people with aphasia.  The commonalities we share are amazing.  Especially the number of survivors with aphasia.  I was interviewed concerning my stroke, recovery and aphasia, where I explained my aphasia coping skill.  Mr. Williams is preparing a documentary  for March – Brain Injury month.  Your prayers and support for those who are recovering from a stroke, aphasia or brain injuries are needed.   Just think “But for the grace of God it could happen to you”

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January 25, 2015 · 9:01 pm

Life has been interesting.  I was entering my doctor’s office for a follow-up appointment in February, as I entered the building I had a CVA (stroke) along with fracturing my left shoulder, two  fractures  in my upper and lower arm and a broken wrist,   The left side of my face was a mess. After 25 days in The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation Center and at home rehabilitation I am doing well.  The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation is wonderful.  Good news is that I am returning to doing presentation.

I am so excited and happy  –  As of Thursday, September 25, I will be hosting a radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11am EST.  “Sharing Experiences – Knowledge is Power.”  The show will discuss; stroke prevention, strokes, aphasia, special education, family reactions, what to expect  and coping skills. Also  caregiving and the nocuous effects of stress. Please call in with any questions or comments you any have 1-877-864-4869  I would love to hear from you – our discussion could help others.

My speaking engagements include:  Lowell General Hospital Stroke Support Group Dinner, Lowell, MA  on Thursday Oct.2 at 6pm.   Other speaking engagements are in the works – just working out the dates and time.

“Finding My Voice With Aphasia” is doing well and the reviews have been pretty good.  Thank you.

Have a great day, stay healthy and stay safe!

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September 22, 2014 · 7:04 pm

I am sitting in my living room watching those beautiful snow flakes fall.  What a great time to read a book.  “Finding My Voice With Aphasia”  would be a good book to read.  It is a lesson in courage and perseverance of the human spirit.

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February 5, 2014 · 8:36 pm

Recently I have been speaking at stroke support groups.  It has been an awesome experience.  Suffering a stroke is a unique experience and survivors need a forum to discuss their feelings;  such as depression; inability to focus; feelings of regression; coping skills; and inspiration.  I talked about my experiences and my aphasia and then had an open discussion.  The feelings of validation, people shaking their heads in agreement – “You feel like that to?”  One person who was doing very well told the group he suddenly felt overwhelmed and confused.  The discussion group and I asked several questions resulting in the realization he had too many things going on at the same time and needed to realize he could not multitask.  The stress caused the confusion and overwhelming.  Stress can initiate a form of regression.  Other group members shared a similar experience and how they dealt with it.

Stress can disturb the delicate brain function of a stroke survivor as well as a person with aphasia.  We re-enforced this point and all learned a lesson to avoid regression and the possibility of another stroke.  Life is divided into “before the stroke” and “after a stroke”. After the stroke you need to let the stresses of the past go and live life as well as you can.  “No” is an acceptable and healthy word – use it.

Recently I received a letter from a member of the group, a missionary order sister, she stated “Your talk, your very presence to the stroke support group was a real joy. Your devotion to your work is admirable.  God Bless you for the work you are doing” She also sent me  a prayer for people who helped other people.

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January 26, 2014 · 4:59 pm

While I was at the New England Book Festival awards ceremony I noticed my book on a Table of Honor. Can you say surprised? After inquiring why I was told my book placed in the London Book Festival. Quote: You cannot belong to the Table of Honor unless you placed in an accredited international competition. Accordingly these books are the best of the best, certified by judges to be worthy of a reader. publishers and libraries.
The London Awards ceremony is January 25,2014 in the Royal British Library. I am so overwhelmed. Never in my dreams did I think my book would be an award-winning book. Mom is my angel watching over me.

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January 23, 2014 · 7:56 pm