I had a venous Stroke at the beginning of this year at 38 years old, following a problem during my chemo treatment for cancer.
Despite being told I would not survive the night, and when I did I was expected to be left with severe problems, I’ve somehow managed to make it back to almost normal.
I had to learn how to walk again, and read, write and talk.
One thing that has significantly helped my recovery and my speech, is singing in the shower every morning. It has got to the point people can’t tell I have aphasia.
Start with familiar songs at first, and then try and introduce new songs, which will help with memory.
Before my stroke I was a travel writer. I have practiced reading and writing every day since February, and I’ve got to the point I recently managed to write 2,000 words in a blog. I couldn’t even write a sentence at the beginning of my recovery.
Two tips for writing and reading are:
Use the Wordscape App to help find the words. For me, this seemed to lock them in my memory.
2. Say words out loud even if you’re on your own. Read your written sentences out loud and you will pick up any mistakes.
When you get tired, speaking, writing or reading etc, don’t push it, just rest. But do practice daily, it will help!
I still make mistakes, and some are hilarious, but I always laugh them off and start again.
Any questions, I am happy to help. ?