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2013 Holiday Campaign

From Maura English Silverman

On the final day of the 12 Days of TAP, I thought it only fitting to offer my story. Not why I started TAP so many years ago, not why I passionately believe in it’s philosophy and how incredibly blessed I feel to be able to serve individuals with aphasia, their families and the community. […]

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From Carolyn, our “founding mother” and husband of Ray

I have been involved in caregiving before TAP was started – in fact Ray and I were involved with the first meetings about starting such an organization. It has been heartwarming to see how TAP Unlimited has evolved during the last 12 years. From a very small group struggling with everything except a very dedicated […]

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From Hope: TAP Client, Volunteer and TAP Life Participation Award…

I was practicing as a speech-language pathologist in Raleigh, working with children who had difficulties with their speech. But my husband, Brad got transferred to a territory up in Ohio and parts of Michigan, and we were both young newlyweds and we thought, “This will be exciting to be in a new part of the […]

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From TAP Client, Shawn, just 46 years old when he suffered a massive stroke

On a Sunday night in January 2013 I was exercising and enjoying playing hockey with friends, which I have done since I was 5 years old. I finished the game and went home to prepare for work the next day and then went to bed. In the middle of the night I suffered a massive […]

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From TAP Group Leader, Candace

“In February of this year, I found myself at TAP’s door, having retired from speech pathology at the UNC Hospital Rehabilitation Center the previous May. I had come to speech therapy later in life than most, starting graduate school with children in college and a husband not too far away from retirement himself. I used […]

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From TAP Spouse, Barbara regarding her husband, James

“On July 5, 2012, James suffered a massive stroke which left him paralyzed on his right side. James was unable to speak or perform any of his daily activities. This was a challenge for him being that James had just retired from the military after 27 years and he was ordained as a pastor in […]

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From TAP Daughter, Kristen, 14 years old

My name is Kristen and I am 14 years old. My mom suffered a stroke over Labor Day weekend 2012. Although I knew what a stroke was, I always had the impression that it happened to older people and not a 40- year-old like my mom. The three weeks in the hospital were very stressful […]

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From TAP Spouse, Ron, about his wife, Anne

I was distressed at my inability to help my wife, Anne, who was widely known as an educator, leader, and community activist. Two strokes had impacted her communication skills. She still possessed her wit and intelligence, but her speech consisted largely of made-up words, garbled language, and misused words like her favorite, “chicken”… I later […]

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From TAP Client, Jenni

Last June, my husband found TAP through a friend of ours involved in speech therapy. At the time, I was nonverbal after I sustained a kick to the head while teaching a horseback riding lesson. I was desperate to speak again, and my husband was tenacious in finding a source of support apart from therapy. […]

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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 […]

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From TAP Family Member, Ashley H.

Over the past several years, TAP has meant more to my Mother and me than I could ever put into words. The camaraderie between this group of survivors and their caregivers is one that inspired and comforted me in the most difficult time of our lives…

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