A Christmas campaign by the Stroke Association is aiming to highlight the frustration of thousands left with communication and speech problems after a stroke.
The condition is known as aphasia and affects over 3,600 stroke sufferers in Wales each year.
My speech was really affected - at first I couldn't say my own name. I also lost the ability to read, which came as a serious blow as I was an avid reader and was studying for a masters degree.
I could understand what people said to me but they couldn't always understand what I was saying. This was very frustrating. The hardest part was not being able to communicate with my four sons who were patient and understanding but very upset at the situation.
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