What is Aphasia?

Have any of you ever hear of APHASIA?

https://www.aphasia.org/

APHASIA

I did not know anything about it at all. Then

On November 8, 2008, I pasted out, fell backward, hitting my head on the concrete floor while at work. I was unconscious for a brief period. When I regained consciousness, my head was throbbing. However,

it wasn’t until a few weeks later that I began noticing things were just not right. I started having problems finding words to describe what I wanted yo say, Or I would start to talk, then nothing. All of my words had disappeared. So, I went into the hospital for another MRI; since the first showed nothing. Well, that MRI once again showed nothing.

All the while, I had a difficult time speaking and finding words too. I then was referred to a Speech-Language Pathologist, where I received extensive testing. Once the tests were completed, I was diagnosed with having Broca Aphasia. Aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. My fall apparently caused traumatic brain injury, which remains very evasive.

PARTS OF THE BRAIN AFFECTED BY APHASIA

My primary treatment for Aphasia was speech and language therapy. I attended three sessions a week in group therapy. We relearned and practiced language skills and learned how to use other ways to communicate.

To date, the injury to my brain is still hidden. In addition to Aphasia, the fall brought about depression and anxiety.

But, I no longer get frustrated or even think about it when suddenly everything I wanted to say just vanished, while I am talking with people or also writing. I just let it go and move on to something else. Although my speech has gotten much clearer over the years, I still have Aphasia, and anxiety and depression are being treated with medication.

I am living my life and not allowing my set backs to weight me down.

I am victorious !!! FYI

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