A young stroke survivor is hoping to raise awareness of life after the incident by taking part in a campaign around speech therapy.
Alisha Malhotra, 28, suffered a stoke last year which left her severely debilitated and unable to communicate.
Through treatment, and a number of classes in speech and language therapy, her condition of aphasia has improved.
She wants her story to act as inspiration for others who encounter similar difficulties and help them rediscover their voices through the Stroke Association’s ‘Lost for Words’ campaign.
She said: “Within an instant, I’d lost everything. I didn’t know any words; hello, goodbye, mum, dad – they’d all gone.
“I had no idea what had happened to me, and I don’t think I realised in hospital just how serious it was.
“I smiled and nodded to nurses and doctors, and everyone would tell me how well I looked.
“They didn’t realise just how much I was hiding behind my smile; I remember being so confused by everything going on around me.
“I have a head full of ideas and things I want to say, sometimes I think I can’t fit much more in there.
Having aphasia is like being in a bubble, you feel trapped in yourself. It’s all I think about, day in and day out.