A Caregiver’s Perspective: ‘I didn’t know if he would ever speak to me again’

Caregiver, Success Story

Debbie Furman’s husband Mark had a stroke and subsequent aphasia. The Furmans, from Poland, Ohio came to UMAP in 2016. Debbie submitted the following essay during the final days of their session at UMAP here in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before Mark’s stroke, I had never heard of the word aphasia. But I sure learned quickly. At first Mark was diagnosed …

Young Mother, Wife and Teacher Finds Confidence at UMAP After Stroke

Success Story

Who: Jessica Rostron, age 31 Family: Husband Shaun Rostron and children Lukas and Lydia Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Jessica Rostron thought her migraine was just like those she had become accustomed to over the years — painful, but nothing to worry about. She went to rest in a dark room and when she came out, she faced a new reality. It …

Former UMAP Client Rebecca Ferris’s Story on Why Is This Happening

Success Story

Rebecca Ferris, a former client at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program, has continued to improve and succeed in her life. Rebecca continues speech therapy at Calvin College, doing group and individual therapy. Additionally, since Fall of 2011 she has volunteered to help the other clients with aphasia in the group therapy. Additionally, Rebecca is very involved in her church, …

Speech Recovery with Determination: A UMAP Success Story

Success Story

A Businessman’s Experience with Aphasia Ken Huddleston is an incredibly successful petroleum engineer whose work often takes him to the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. During a trip to Trinidad in December of 2008, Ken experienced a stroke and was found unconscious by someone working on the house where he was staying. Because no one knew how long Ken …

Bruce Dean: LA Firefighter Now Fights Aphasia with Help of UMAP

Success Story

Lois and Bruce Dean have travelled all the way from Alta Loma, California to the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) three times since July 2013, having just finished a six-week session on August 15, 2014. Lois and Bruce continue to travel across the country for Bruce’s speech therapy because of the difference UMAP’s intensive, highly personal approach has made in …

Louis Smith: A Powerful Passion

Success Story

“Nearly 200 people jumped to their feet…I was so proud.” – Dr. Krainen A Tough Prognosis Louis Smith is a world-renowned jazz trumpeter. Smith has played internationally with many famous groups and individuals in the jazz music community, including Miles Davis, Count Basie, and Thad Jones. In 2005, Smith suffered a stroke. After his doctors gave a disheartening prognosis, and …