A STROKE survivor left struggling to talk hopes to raise awareness of the communication difficulties the condition can cause.
Steve Hewitt, from Feniscowles, Blackburn, suffered a severe stroke in March 2010, just three months after retiring from his work as a self-employed joiner.
The grandfather-of-four was left with aphasia after the stroke and was only able to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and a swear word.
He was unable to read or write at all, and it was extremely difficult for him to communicate.
Now Mr Hewitt, 69, is able to speak a little more but said: “It’s hard to find the words.”
He has pledged his support to The Stroke Association’s ‘Lost for Words’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of the challenges stroke survivors with communication difficulties can face, and help and support available.
His wife Jean said: “Steve can get frustrated when he can’t find the words he wants to say, but his speech is better when he doesn’t let himself get worked up.
“He finds it easier to talk when there are one or two people, but a group is much more difficult.”