Friday, November 18, 2011

Aphasia, Five Weeks After My Stroke

When I woke up in the hospital after the stroke, I couldn't speak, spell or read. I could understand a lot. One of the language centers, Broca's region, had been damaged in my brain.

This video clip shows what my speech sounded like, five weeks after the stroke, in March 2010.

(Note: It's hard to follow that I was trying to say, of course! I was trying to say--in a nutshell-- is: "my memories of those first few weeks are already fading. Your brain can't remember everything! But I also I think that I've been listening more intensely, especially the first week at MGH, because listening was all I could do." If you're bored, you could fast-forward it the end, to see my demonstration of my arm movement.)

My love and thanks for my family, especially Neal, are beyond words, especially for being there at that scary time.


  1. This is amazing, Grace! Having had a right-side stroke, I cannot imagine not being able to speak or read. How ironic is it that the camera was running out of memory, so no more could be recorded?

    How long did it take for you to speak fluently again?

  2. I'm still working on it, especially the writing...!

  3. Grace, thanks for sharing this. You are one remarkable woman to have been able to laugh and keep your sense of humor after all you went through!
    I understood you perfectly, but then, we speak "fluent aphasia" here at the Pink House!

  4. I wasn't bored. I was moved by a woman who wouldn't give up.