One typical day in January, Alex was working at her job as the director of environmental studies for Cochise County. Five months later, she was in a hospital bed unable to move or communicate as she had before. A stroke had changed Alex’s world forever. Beyond the physical toll, the impairment of her ability to express herself was devastating.

Aphasia is a language disorder that can be the result of damage to the left side of the brain, usually from a stroke, an infection, or a head injury.

via Where Every Word is Precious – Arizona Public Media.