You Can Never Go Back

“You can never go back to where you have never been,” was my father’s adage. Coming out of aphasia, one hopes to go back to where you have been, to be able to speak and read and write again that you could before. But the reality with a brain injury is that you can never go back. You can never regain the same level of language dexterity you had before your aphasia stroke. If any of you survivors out there find it differently, please let me know. I would love to share your experience.

The degree of recovery was a subject of discussion among several of us at a support group meeting. With great effort, progress can be made. Some recovery to the point that their deficiencies are not noticeable to most people. But we know. We know that with every day, our recovery is one of compensation.

Stroke Connection Summer 2014 magazine discusses the dilemma in the article Making Life Bigger than Aphasia by Jon Caswell.

The article opens with, “At some point during their recovery, stroke survivors and caregivers realize that life goes on and they have to fit into it. The world doesn’t reshape itself to fit their needs. Aphasia ia a deficit that may have to be worked around, despite the best efforts of survivors and speech-language pathologists.”

Read the article and learn about Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA), a comprehensive  service that goes beyond a few weeks of speech therapy.  LPAA centers are established in several communities. Perhaps your community could be the next.

The important thing to remember is that even though you can’t go back to where you have been, it is not the end of the road. It is simply a new beginning.

Carol Cline Schultz, author of “Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey”.



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