Throughout the years of my aphasia experience I have had help from many people.
Their friendship, sensitivity and empathy was like a shining light in the darkness.
To mention just a few from the early days -
Guido & Gunilla Robert from Toronto, best friends from years ago when we first met in Sweden.
Malcolm, at Wakefield Hospital OT department for outpatients.
Michael Barnell, the anthroposophical art therapist from Shrewsbury, and all the helpful folks at Pennine Camphill Community (read Jenny' story for more..)
Maureen, a spanish teacher from Liverpool, who became Jenny's mentor and tutor during our first difficult year post stroke in Yorkshire. A truly wonderful person!
Sue Gossedge, Pianist from Ackworth, who helped Jenny "find her voice" again through singing. Thank you Sue!
The Dysphasia support group in Leeds
Swiss born Ursula Browning, the curative anthroposophical Eurythmist, who took Jenny under her gentle wings,
Sarah Carter and Jean Lloyd, Jenny's very skillful volunteer tutors.
And then there was the health care staff at Park Attwood Clinic, who proved that humanity, dignity, respect and empathy can and do exist in patient care, and the importance of these qualities in the healing process.
Jenny Merdith, an NHS SaLT of exceptional skill and empathy.
Jenny's patience with me in general, and my poor conversational skills in particular, her gentleness, perseverance and her unwavering faith have helped us both find new life in the face of aphasia.
Through AphasiaNow we want to bring hope and opportunity to people afflicted by aphasia.