Catherine Webb

Living with Aphasia

Aphasia has changed my life. I find it difficult speaking to strangers. It has had a big affect on my social life. Where I was confident before, now I feel held back. I feel it does restrict my socialising with strangers. I find it very frustrating having difficulty reading and writing, something I just took for granted before. My main difficulty is with small words, but I sometimes have problems with others. However I am making progress all the time. I find now I cannot think of a word when trying to compile a letter, but when I am given the first two letters it comes back to me. It is just difficult to recall it first of all.

I now cannot pursue my career in travel and tourism and need to find something else to do. My previous jobs required a high level of verbal communication skills and I could just not do that now.

Aphasia has affected my confidence, because I was very outgoing before and took this for granted. The plus has been that I have had to re-evaluate my life and look to a new career. I am now taking City & Guilds Photography at college. I also feel I would very much like to do counselling and have decided to take Listening Skills at college.

I think the accident has made me think very differently about life and making the most of it.

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