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2016 Holiday Campaign

Day 12 – Building Confidence… a MUST in Aphasia Recovery!

~ Louis A. I hate when my phone rings before the alarm goes off because I know it is always going to be bad news. That was exactly what happened when we got the call around 4:30 am. My mom and Dad had just their sold their business of 43 years in September of 2015. […]

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Day 11 – Gifts for the Holidays…ones that keep on giving.

~ Abbe Simon. Friendship, God, Laughter, Physics, Photography. These are the words some of our TAP clients used to describe their “gifts” during this holiday season. These are the gifts they consider their own, not gifts to be given or to receive. Rather than think about exchanging or buying presents, our group thought about how […]

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Day 10 – Partners in the Community…Bridge II Sports

~ Ashley Thomas, Founder and Director TAP – What it means to me T – Transform: make a thorough or dramatic change. Triangle Aphasia Project’s methods transforms lives, yes, the person who is effected, but also the community around that person. Our greater community is transformed through the loving, guided methods of recovery and care. A voice […]

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Day 9 – Remaining a part of the TAP family…in a big way!

~ Ron Ottavio. I had never heard the word “Aphasia” until 2005 when my wife, Debbie Ottavio, was diagnosed with this neurodegenerative disease. Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is normally a by-product of frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). Aphasia can, more commonly, strike individuals as the result of a stroke or a traumatic brain injury. PPA is very […]

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Day 8 – A new community…

~ Ken T. My husband, Ken, suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke on 11/24/2014. He stayed in the ICU for a month in a coma. He woke up on 12/24/14. During his stay in the ICU, the doctor tried to tell me to give up, but, I knew that our Heavenly Father was in control, not […]

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Day 7 – Merry Christymas!!

~ Christy E. We don’t walk around in thunderstorms. Our oldest son, West was diagnosed with Leukemia in December of 2004. Six months later we got confirmation that he was on the Autism Spectrum. Two weeks after my 44th birthday, I had a heart attack. On Halloween 2015, my wife Christy, at 44 years of […]

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Day 6 – It’s a journey…it’s a marathon

~ Joey P. My husband, Joey Propst, suffered from two massive strokes in January of this year at the age of 46. At the time the strokes happened we were unaware that Joey had any health problems, other than a cold that had caused a severe headache. We heard of the Triangle Aphasia Project (TAP) […]

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Day 5 – Expanding beyond the “Triangle”…

~ Kevin C. As a speech-pathologist, I know the ingredients for successful aphasia recovery: offering different modes of intense treatment delivered over a long time, providing tools for clients and family members to communicate with each other, and offering emotional support to everyone affected by aphasia. We had excellent traditional speech therapy in Winston-Salem, beginning […]

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Day 4 – She didn’t find the job, the job found her!

~ Jenny K. My name is Jenny Kearney and I’ve been the office manager at TAP for about a year and a half. I can’t believe it’s been that long! When I started working at TAP, I had no experience with aphasia or even with nonprofits. I just knew that I wanted to work somewhere that felt like […]

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Day 3 – The Communicative Power of a Smile!

~ Joyce C. From Sam – Joyce’s husband: Joyce had her stroke in May 2011. TAP means a lot to her and to our family. Going to the TAP group helps her in so many ways. It has given her a safe space for being understood. TAP gives her the opportunity to improve herself while […]

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Day 2 – From Volunteer to Client

~ Gail J. I have so admired TAP since the early days of its conception and have been amazed at what has been accomplished and especially the courage and determination of the people who benefit from all of the help they get there. In the early days I was honored to volunteer with TAP helping […]

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Day 1 – Keeping Pace (and Peace) with Primary Progressive Aphasia

~ Chris L. (written By Sarah L.) Most people understand that aphasia generally is the loss of ability to understand or express speech; it’s an impairment of language. Aphasia results from damage or injury to the brain—in many instances, from a stroke. But did you know that there is a type of aphasia that is […]

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