Help raise stroke aware­ness

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LETTERS -

Sir, Around one in three peo­ple in Scot­land have apha­sia, a com­mu­ni­ca­tion dis­abil­ity which can be caused by stroke.

The Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion’s ‘Lost for Words’ cam­paign aims to raise aware­ness of the chal­lenges this can cause for peo­ple who have had a stroke, and their fam­i­lies.

In­ter­na­tional chart-top­per and singing sen­sa­tion Jessie J is sup­port­ing our char­ity’s ef­forts. Jessie J said: ‘Hav­ing a stroke turns your life up­side down in an in­stant and it was the scari­est ex­pe­ri­ence of my life.

‘I’m one of the lucky ones who’s re­cov­ered well, but many other stroke sur­vivors aren’t so lucky, and have lost their speech or can’t read or write. I can’t imag­ine what that must be like, which is why I’ve got so much re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion for the sur­vivors who ev­ery day are find­ing dif­fer­ent ways to ex­press them­selves again.

‘The Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion’s Lost for Words cam­paign is bril­liant be­cause it’s high­light­ing this prob­lem and rais­ing funds for its work sup­port­ing the peo­ple who need it. That’s why I’m back­ing Lost for Words, and I hope you will too.’

Many stroke sur­vivors tell us just how ter­ri­fy­ing and iso­lat­ing it can be to have apha­sia. But with the right help and sup­port, many peo­ple are able to find new ways to com­mu­ni­cate, and can re­build their lives.

Find out more about our Lost for Words cam­paign at www.stroke.org.uk.

Andrea Cail, di­rec­tor for Scot­land, The Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion.

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