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You may have been told that you have aphasia. Aphasia is a communication disorder that occurs when the part of the brain that is responsible for language becomes damaged as a result of a stroke or head injury.

If you have aphasia you may find if difficult to understand words, speak, use gestures, read, write and/or use numbers. The severity varies from person to person. Aphasia can be so severe as to make communication almost impossible, or it can be very mild. People with aphasia have difficulty understanding and using language despite being able to think clearly.

Some people recover their ability to communicate quickly but for others recovery is a long slow process. Some individuals with aphasia see signs of improvement many years after their stroke. Many people with aphasia report that living with aphasia becomes easier as they and their families and friends become more accustomed to the language impairment and strategies to cope with it. The severity of aphasia can vary slightly from day to day and it can seem worse if you’re tired or upset.

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