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2017 Holiday Campaign

Day 12 – Love and Understanding

Tom C (and his wife Donna) My husband Thomas at age 61, suffered a massive left brain stroke (5/12/14). We were told by the doctors that he would not survive this stroke and then when he lived beyond the predicted three days, they said “ don’t expect anything from him, he will be nonfunctional”. Boy […]

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Day 11 – A Long Way

My name is Joelle Rogers and I have been attending groups at the Triangle Aphasia Project for a year and a half. I had a stroke in May 2016. When I started at TAP, I didn’t know this organization would be an essential part of my recovery. In the beginning, I was not talking much. […]

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Day 10 – The Force That Is Maura

I had the good fortune to meet Maura and to be introduced to TAP after the very unfortunate event of her mother suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. I was a covering therapist at WakeMed and had an opportunity to do a home visit with Maura and Joanie as part of her discharge planning, and an amazing and […]

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Day 9 – Finding ways to communicate

Lorre H (with assistance from Group Leaders Lina and Heather) Lorre is one of the Wednesday WakeMed’s communication group longest members – having come for almost 5 years! When asked about what it was like 6 years ago when she first had a stroke, she says, “I couldn’t talk or anything at all. It was […]

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Day 8 – 150% better!

David H I had a stroke because of an aneurysm in 2016. I can’t hardly remember anything that happened. I was working at the time. After the hospital, my friends gave me a lot of help but I didn’t get normal therapy. I went to live with my dad who took care of things. I […]

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Day 7 – TAP is a second home!

Don B When I am at TAPS I feel at home. I feel like there are other people just like me that I can completely relate to and talk with on the same level. There is a special commonality and comradery that I feel with my TAPS friends and I have developed some special friendships […]

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Day 6 – Never Give Up

Lorraine Scott (Written by Jeanine Richardson) My mother, Lorraine Scott, had a stroke March 16, 2013. We were told it was a massive stroke due to her initial loss of speech and the loss of movement on her right side. While at Wake Med Hospital, during therapy we were advised of TAP Unlimited, and how […]

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Day 5 – “I Need the Thing!”

Jennifer C I will never forget that awful Saturday morning of March 26, 2011 when a blood clot shot into the speech center of my brain, blocking blood flow and damaging brain tissue. In other words, I had a classic ischemic stroke. “What?” Tom asked desperately. “What can I get you?” I really, really wanted […]

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Day 4 – WordCloud

Richard and Leon (with support from Katie B and forward by Maura S) In every family tree, there are individuals who serve as the roots,…those individuals who because of their place in the family have helped build it’s legacy. They encourage growth and support the foundation by just living their lives and sharing triumphs and challenges […]

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Day 3 – PPA: Keeping positive!

Margie S for David S I began seeing subtle changes in my husband, Dave, before the holidays in 2016. He had been retired for about five years and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy the slower pace of life since leaving the company where he worked for 31 years. As a human resource officer, he engaged prospective […]

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Day 2 – Surpassing Expectations

Toi L (with contributions from Group Leaders Heather and Lina) In November 2015 Toi had a major stroke and after the stroke she was placed in multiple therapies. During this time Jill, who became her speech therapist, recommended the TAP program so we took her advice and we were met with a group of wonderful […]

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Day 1 – The Gift of Time

Jenni S. Anyone who has become a part of the TAP family can appreciate how quickly life can change in the blink of an eye. The shift in identity for those of us, our families, and friends who have endured these events is immediate and life-altering. A second in time can bring heartbreak, anger, and frustration. […]

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