This #Giving Tuesday, we celebrate how past donors have GIVEN HOPE and share how future donors can do the same.
Following a massive stroke in of January 2021, Dan found himself in in the unplanned and unfamiliar world of Aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to the brain, frequently due to a stroke. Dan’s intelligence and comprehension remained intact, but he lost the ability to express himself – to communicate with his family, friends, and customers.
Dan came to the Center a few weeks after his stroke, only able to say a few words. Since then, he has been receiving speech/language therapy and put in the work. Due to his Aphasia, Dan continues to have difficulty ‘finding’ the words he wants to say and often his words do not come out clearly due to his Apraxia (a motor planning impairment affecting speech), but he is now able to express his thoughts and feelings to those around him. Dan has returned to work full time. He is speaking in full sentences and is once again showing his witty personality. Recovery from stroke is challenging and it takes time, but through his faith, perseverance, and hard work, Dan continues to be an inspiration to others.