Putting Aside the Rivalry for Recovery: A Loyal Buckeye Fan Seeks Treatment at U-M

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Name: Cris Assif Hometown: Champions Gate, FL Cris Assif is a self-proclaimed “Buckeye for life,” but after a stroke paralyzed the entire right side of his body and left him unable to even swallow, he knew he needed the best treatment — treatment he found at the University of Michigan through the U-M Aphasia Program (UMAP). Six months ago Cris …

Theron & Amy: Tackling Aphasia, Together

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Client: Theron Coleman  Hometown: Suttons Bay, MI  Theron and Amy Coleman make a great team — whether they are working on their family-owned cherry farm or parenting their three kids. Together, they have weathered Theron’s stroke and subsequent aphasia and their partnership is as strong as ever, even if it’s a little different now. Two years ago Theron was enjoying …

In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences – Al Part 2

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 In the spirit of Let’s #TalkAboutAphasia, the National Aphasia Association‘s nationwide aphasia awareness campaign, we wanted to do just that — talk about aphasia — but we also wanted to ensure the voices of people with aphasia were part of our conversation. Which is why we launched a video series called In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences.  In Al’s second video …

In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences – Chris

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 In the spirit of Let’s #TalkAboutAphasia, the National Aphasia Association‘s nationwide aphasia awareness campaign, we wanted to do just that — talk about aphasia — but we also wanted to ensure the voices of people with aphasia were part of our conversation. Which is why we launched a video series called In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences.  In part 4 of our series …

In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences – Theron

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In the spirit of Let’s #TalkAboutAphasia, the National Aphasia Association‘s nationwide aphasia awareness campaign, we wanted to do just that — talk about aphasia — but we also wanted to ensure the voices of people with aphasia were part of our conversation. Which is why we launched a video series called In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences.  In Part 3 of …

In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences – Cris

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In the spirit of Let’s #TalkAboutAphasia, the National Aphasia Association‘s nationwide aphasia awareness campaign, we wanted to do just that — talk about aphasia — but we also wanted to ensure the voices of people with aphasia were part of our conversation. Which is why we launched a video series called In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences.  In part 2 of our …

Al Talks About Aphasia

In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences – Al

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In the spirit of Let’s #TalkAboutAphasia, the National Aphasia Association‘s nationwide aphasia awareness campaign, we wanted to do just that — talk about aphasia — but we also wanted to ensure the voices of people with aphasia were part of our conversation. Which is why we launched a video series called In Their Words: Aphasia Experiences.  In part 1 of …

The Ripple Effect: The Benefits of the U-M Aphasia Program Three Decades Later

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  Client: Kevin Tholin Hometown: Kewanee, Illinois  It has been decades since Kevin Tholin attended the University of Michigan Aphasia Program — but he credits his time spent at U-M with making those years more valuable to him. “I’ve been working for 25 years or more, and without the Residential Aphasia Program, I wouldn’t have done anything,” he said. “I …

Suddenly, I Felt There Was Hope: Jo Anne Nestico’s Story

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Jo Anne Nestico of Harrison Township, Michigan, first experienced language problems when she was eating dinner with her husband. She said she felt fine, but she couldn’t speak in sentences and words that were different than the ones she was trying to say were coming out. When on her way to get an MRI the next day to check out …

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

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Debbie Furman’s husband Mark had a stroke and subsequent aphasia. The Furmans, from Poland, Ohio came to UMAP in 2016. Debbie, his caregiver, 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 …

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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 …