Sonia had a severe stroke which changed her life in an instant, when she was just 28 years old. She said: “Recovering from a stroke is a long journey and it can take a lifetime. I’m still recovering from mine. In 2013 I had my beautiful son, Sammy. As he’s been learning how to talk, so have I. I couldn’t imagine not being able to talk to him, or read him a story.”
This is the tragedy of aphasia, which affects a third of all stroke survivors.
Aphasia is a communication disability that can happen when the language areas of the brain are damaged by stroke. It can affect a person’s ability to speak, write, read and sometimes understand language and use numbers.
Because a stroke happens suddenly, people can find themselves struggling to communicate overnight. This is terrifying and can leave many stroke survivors feeling isolated and lonely, even when surrounded by family and friends.
For someone like Sonia the chance to talk to her family and to read her son bedtime stories means so much.
With your support this Christmas, we could help more people with aphasia find their words again after stroke. Please donate today.