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Christmas stroke campaign

A campaign highlighting the devastating effects a stroke can have on communication and speech - a condition known as aphasia - has revealed that sufferers' biggest wish is simply to be able to say 'Merry Christmas'.

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Stroke sufferers' biggest wish: To say 'Merry Christmas'

A campaign highlighting the devastating effects a stroke can have on communication and speech has revealed that sufferers' biggest wish is simply to be able to say 'Merry Christmas'.

The condition, known as aphasia, can affect people's ability to speak, read, write or understand things.

Around 11,000 people in Wales have a stroke each year - and one third will have aphasia.

As part of the Stroke Association's 'All I Want For Christmas' campaign, almost 800 stroke survivors with aphasia were asked for their Christmas wishes.

  • One-third would like to be able to say 'Merry Christmas'
  • A quarter would like to ask what presents their loved ones want for Christmas
  • Four in 10 reported that Christmas was worse for them since their stroke

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