Poppycock! Why Our Tremendous Desires Are An Advantage In Recovery

Approximately two million people have aphasia, a language disorder, caused by a stroke or brain injury. In particular, Lingraphica, who deals with individuals with language and cognitive disorder, indicates

It is a neurological condition caused by damage to the portions of the brain responsible for language, and it does not affect intelligence. Because language plays such a central role in our daily lives, aphasia can be very challenging. Individuals with aphasia may find it difficult to speak, understand speech, and read and write.

Similarly, numerous individuals with aphasia dealing with their “new” arena feel:

  • isolated,
  • frustrated or,
  • to be frank, scared to bits.

I say, bring it on!

Mind Over Matter

For this reason, suffering a stroke in 1991 and, originally, diagnosed with global aphasia, I truly fathom:

  • a positive thinking,
  • lots of practice and
  • ultimate enthusiasm over the long run can

do enormous improvements.


The naysayers theorize that I won’t achieve my goals and dreams forever. In fact, they say my best days will be a dash for all eternity because of my injury.


It’s all a mind shift to being optimistic and forward-looking, my friends.

By and large, you, too, are resilient on your plan, yet your method alters just a little bit due to your ailment. Never underestimate your desires, though, whether you acquire aphasia or not.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Herb, Its good to read your blog again and see you post on ARC. I am going to read this to Ronnie so he will be lifted up and have renewed determination. One SLP told me that the reason he has little initiative and has to be pushed to work at his recovery, is because that area of his brain that controls initiative, is damaged. It gets old trying to make a grown willful man work so I appreciate your blogs. I read them to Ronnie to boost him up and get him moving.
    Thanks for your work,
    Belinda/Lindy For Ronnie

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