‚ÄúI went to stand up and it was like an explosion or something like that, and that‚Äôs really the last thing I remember.”
Elycia describes her husband‚Äôs massive stroke at the hospital in June 2016 as like a shudder that went through his body.
‚ÄúFrom that minute he couldn‚Äôt talk,‚ÄĚ she said.
The stroke damaged around 30 per cent of Anthony‚Äôs brain, including his language centre. The 50-year-old became one of the approximately a third of stroke victims who develop aphasia, a condition that can affect people‚Äôs ability to speak and understand language, both written and spoken.
‚ÄúSomeone along the way described it as your brain being like a filing cabinet and Anthony‚Äôs drawers have been turned upside down,‚ÄĚ Elycia said.
‚ÄúGone,‚ÄĚ added Anthony.
‚ÄúThe words are still there but they are hard to find,‚ÄĚ Elycia said.
Frustratingly, for many people with aphasia, they retain full comprehension, having no difficulty understanding what‚Äôs being said to them, but are unable to properly communicate themselves.
Some lose the ability to speak all together. Others only retain a few words. One woman could say her husband‚Äôs name only.
‚ÄúOccasionally we meet people who, pre-stroke, had language demands that were