10 Quotes about aphasia written by someone with aphasia

SLP Insights Aphasia Quotes

If we could gather everyone who has ever had aphasia in one room and ask them what they thought about speech therapy, what would they say?

Personally, sometimes I’m afraid to know how I’ve come across to people with aphasia. How on earth can I join alongside someone’s journey when I have no idea how it feels to be trapped inside my own mind, to not be able to say what I need to say?

I would love to know what people with aphasia really think about speech therapy. I think this is why I’ve been drawn over and over to Helen Harlan Wulf’s book, Aphasia, My World Alone. It is an absolute gift to all of us as speech therapists. I come back to its pages often, needing perhaps to remind myself of the deep complexities of this particular diagnosis.

Written in 1973, the book is a personal account of Helen’s stroke, her subsequent rehabilitation stay in the hospital, and her ongoing battle with aphasia and the related aftermaths of a stroke. Her writing is stunningly honest and poetic. I find her words both terrifying and inspiring. Terrifying in that we, as therapists, hold immense power to shape and shift the direction of a patient’s recovery; inspiring because ultimately, we cannot walk this journey for them. It is theirs alone to walk, but we can stand on the sidelines, seeing them and encouraging them in ways that many others cannot.

I’m pretty sure before I started grad school, I had never heard of aphasia. Now as a therapist, I sometimes struggle to find resources to help patients and their families not only understand aphasia, but feel a part of a much larger community. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) estimates that approximately 1 million people, or 1 in 250 in the United States today, have aphasia. Why aren’t we talking about it more?

Below are my favorite quotes from the book. I hope you find them inspiring, and if you want to share them with others, you can show them off in a variety of ways (see the links below). My hope is that these quotes spark curiosity and ultimately, conversation about a diagnosis that for a variety of reasons, is constantly at risk of being shrouded in silence.


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