Aphasia, as a result of a stroke, is a scary thing. Meet Jeffrey Fisher, survivor, teacher, and more. Schedule him to come and speak for you!
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Areas We Frequent: FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, NJ, PA
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WHAT IS APHASIA?
Aphasia is one of the most significant and common conditions caused by stroke or brain injury. It is the loss or impairment of a person’s ability to use or comprehend words. It usually results from brain damage to the left part of the brain. Aphasia can result in difficulty speaking, comprehending language, writing words and reading. People with aphasia can also have difficulty with performing mathematical functions. An important thing to remember is that aphasia is a loss of language cognition and does not reflect intellect, and affects each individual in a unique way. While recovery is a difficult process, Jeffrey Fisher and many other stroke survivors are proof aphasia can be overcome.
One Life Changing Event Started a New Era of Inspiration
Prior to Jeffrey’s stroke, he was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Godshall’s Quality Meats, Inc. and an adjunct professor at Elon University, Elon, NC. His passion was teaching and he planned to teach full time at the university. This all changed on September 2, 2011. He woke up and found his entire right side was paralyzed from a stroke; he could not walk; his right arm was clutching his heart; his speech was impaired; he could not say a word; he could not read; he could not write. He had severe Aphasia.
This began a brand new journey of rehabilitation.
He was frustrated with the way people with Aphasia were treated and perceived. Friends, family and the medical community at large, did not understand that Aphasia does not affect a person’s intellect… just the ability to speak and comprehend language. He was told time and again that his language issues would not get any better than he was at that moment. Not to expect to get back to 100 percent. He has proven them all wrong!
His new purpose in life is to give a voice to those with Aphasia. Jeffrey wants to use his message to educate the general public, students, and doctors in the medical community to better understand Aphasia and use his voice to tell his story and spread the message of hope to those with Aphasia.
Jeffery now lives in Charleston, SC, with his wife, Alice and has two sons in Charleston. One is Justin, who is married to Laura, and the other is Trevor. He has another son Brandon, who lives in Phoenix, AZ.
He has two dogs. Hannah is a ten years old German Short Haired Pointer. Her back legs don’t move any longer because of an accident. Rucca, who is adopted, is a nine year old English Springer Spaniel.
Jeffrey is achieving his goal of teaching others about Aphasia and how somebody can recover through speaking to and educating those with Aphasia, caretakers, doctors and college students, and the general populace. He is giving voice to what it’s like to have Aphasia and how important it is to keep finding new ways of getting better and to never give up on recovering your ability to speak again. He would love to bring his inspirational and informative message to your Aphasia group, students, or nurses and doctors. If you connect with this message or you know someone with Aphasia, reach out to Jeffrey for an inspirational and knowledgeable speaker who knows what it's like to lose your voice.
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Who is impacted by aphasia?
Over one million people in the United States are currently affected by aphasia and suffer some degree of difficulty understanding language according to the National Aphasia Association. Nearly 80,000 Americans acquire the language disorder each year. Cerebral vascular stroke is the most common cause of aphasia (85%) but it can also be caused by traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, head trauma, degenerative disease, and metabolic changes. Between 25-40% of stroke survivors have aphasia.
How does aphasia impact a person’s daily living?
Being diagnosed with aphasia can impact an individual’s day-to-day life in many ways as it effects a persons language cognition and auditory comprehension. Imagine being unable to order your favorite drink at Starbucks, or a vanilla milkshake at Cook Out! Unable to read the morning paper, or even sign your name.
Aphasia affects every person's language comprehension and ability to speak differently depending on the severity of their injury and what part of the brain was affected. While someone may have mild difficulties “finding the right word,” another person may have severe difficulties with verbal expression and understanding.
Did you know?
People with aphasia CAN improve their functional communication skills.
8-10 hours of treatment per week has shown to improve a patient’s language comprehension, compared to those not receiving consistent treatment.
Support groups have been shown to help people with aphasia by offering guidance, tips and emotional support. There are more than 600 support groups for stroke survivors and aphasia in the United States.
Goal number one: educate both medical students and doctors that recovery is not finite…it is unlimited.
Goal number two: to those with Aphasia and their caregivers – keep seeking to find a way to improve. If something isn’t working, try something else!
Goal number three: Even though something life changing has happened… keep working to get better and better!
WE WERE RECENTLY FEATURED:
Thank you Triangle Aphasia Project for the chance to speak at the TAPTalks Reboot!
On December 3, 2019, Jeff was the keynote speaker at the Medical University of South Carolina at the Occupational Therapy "Pinning Ceremony." With up to 175 individuals in attendance, and 50 students awarded, it was a great evening! Thank you to the Medical University of South Carolina for this opportunity for Jeff to share his story!