Aphasia Victims Want to Be Heard; Disability Impacts 80,000 in Australia

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EIGHTY thousand people suffer from Aphasia in Australia and there are many more not aware they have it.

Aphasia is a devastating communication disability and Hervey Bay's Aphasia social and support group coordinator Jeni Wallace said family and friends find they are in a communication nightmare.

aMy husband Jim had a stroke two and a half years ago and developed Aphasia from it,a she said. aHe was comfortable talking to other people that had Aphasia but all he could say to me was a[approximately]I want you',a Jeni said.

aHe regularly goes to therapy and it's helped him a great deal to improve his speech.a

Sleeping and watching television gives people with Aphasia a chance to rest their body and mind, and Ted Rayner, who had a stroke three years ago, said he enjoys the rest.

aI can't read but I love to cook and go for walks, or else I sleep a lot,a Mr Rayner said.

It may be hard to imagine someone of 27 having a stroke, but that is what happened to Melz Guelfi. …


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