Alex’s Story

It all started with a cup of coffee
For me it was a cup of coffee at the Aphasia Institute

I remember group discussion and coffee

It was a turning point for me

I came to the Aphasia Institute

9 months after my stroke

I was in a group and had coffee

I knew then

My new life starts NOW!

I keep looking forward toward the future

I am a member of the Aphasia Institute community

I felt the power of communication

I participate in music and art programs


In the Creative Expressions group
I was chosen to exhibit

My philosophy is:

“Try everything. Start.
Don’t sit down. Now!”

I draw with my left hand

“Help, Hope, Possible” – Ink on Paper, © 2014

Mountain with three people holding hands

I share my story and encourage others.

I give others hope

I help others see possibilities


I say . . .

“Every day is better.”

At the Aphasia Institute

The Aphasia Institute makes life better

for people with aphasia and their families

I say, it’s important to say “thank you.”


Thank you, Alex

You are an inspiration to all

Alex created the photos and artwork in this story

The photos

were taken either by one hand or using a camera timer

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"Volunteering at the Aphasia Institute gives me the privilege of seeing people with aphasia take back their lives after stroke. I know I'm making a difference by volunteering at AI every week."
- Ushi Tanna, 20-year Veteran Volunteer
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