12 Days of Tap 2018: Day 11
– Kellie Blackmon –
What TAP means to us…
I had a stroke two week after I had my second baby. His name is Carson. He is eight months old now. His older brother Riley is eight years old.
I go to the Clayton TAP group and the WakeMed group, TAP help me gain confidence for my speech. I love TAP. We support each other. I think TAP is a great program.
She comes home telling me what they have done that day. She like it because Heather and Lina work to give her the confidence that she can do all thing possible trying hard. I like that she is happy to be taken of something to motivate her to work hard. TAP has given her more confidence in herself to do more. She loves challenges!
From the TAP Home Office:
There is a sign on our door, a quote from an aphasia center in British Columbia…it says “What if the last thing you said before you went to bed, was the last thing you said? Period.” It’s a powerful statement because our communication is something that is automatic and often taken for granted. Take this a step further and consider this horrifying consequence as you are ready to realize the beauty and excitement of the birth of your child…THIS is what Kellie experienced and the shock and disbelief is something that is hard to imagine. What I do know, however, is that this family, their friends and their community stood strong together and provided the prayers, support and aid that the family needed…little did they know they were going to have an even bigger family… TAP was about to join in!!
Kellie and her husband benefited from the passion and encouragement of a wonderful rehabilitation therapist, Caitlin… who called in TAP when Kellie was still in inpatient rehab. They were so receptive and open to every suggestion and as soon as she could, Kellie started attending the Clayton Aphasia Group… she has become indispensable with her encouraging of others, her positivity and her commitment to the process of rehabilitation/recovery! We are so blessed to have met Kellie and her family and appreciate them sharing their story with the 12 Days of TAP!! We love you Kellie!