Our long-running Aphasia Threads series was the inspiration for this simple project bringing together people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals around a question: Why are you a part of the aphasia community, and what do you get out of connecting with others through the NAA?
Each post weaves together all three viewpoints with a bonus contribution from board members for Aphasia Awareness Month (plus a little beyond). Celebrate our community and share your own answer to take part in this ongoing series.
Question: Why are you a part of the aphasia community, and what do you get out of connecting with others through the NAA?
I am a person with aphasia
For support and being with people who are like me. Living with a TBI is hard, and aphasia makes it impossible! —Melissa P.
I am a caregiver
I hear talk of aphasia in English (my mother tongue). The American approach is different. I enjoy seeing how positive and active people are. I take tips from you! —Win, France (member of the Toulouse aphasia support group)
I am a professional who works with people who have aphasia
I connect with the NAA to continue sharing and receiving information, and supporting those individuals and families affected by aphasia. Caregivers and people with aphasia (PWA) are a part of this community, allowing everyone to back each other, share information in one way or another, and reiterate that you are not alone. —Deidre, Director of Lilium Therapy Services
I am an NAA board member
The NAA has helped me as a caregiver for my wife, who has had aphasia for over 17 years. Consequently, I have become a better caregiver, together with our family, to support my wife. Together, my wife and I, along with our family, live active, happy lives. Additionally, as an NAA board member, I am inspired by the excellent experience and professional qualifications of my fellow board members. The NAA Board works hard to increase awareness of aphasia and support people with aphasia and their caregivers. —Steve K.