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From TAP Family Member, Melissa’s sister Melanie

From TAP Family Member, Melissa’s sister Melanie

In December 2010, my sister Melissa, an artist and athlete, suffered a massive stroke while traveling alone in Florida. The stroke paralyzed the right side of her body, and destroyed her brain’s language center. She was left with severe aphasia, the loss of language function. Although she could still understand the speech of others, she could no longer translate her own thoughts into words. Even her own name was lost to her…