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Love helps couple fight communication difficulty caused by aphasia – ABC Online

Thursday, 1 February, 2018

Love helps couple fight communication difficulty caused by aphasia – ABC Online

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When Kerry Flanders suffered a stroke three years ago that left her unable to speak, it was the determination and love of her partner Jaye Cartwright that helped the couple find the strength to cope.

Ms Flanders was lucky to survive and the episode left her with a condition known as aphasia, a language disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate.

Her symptoms were so severe that she also lost the use of her right arm, making writing impossible.

"She couldn't move. She couldn't walk, couldn't do anything but she's very strong willed. And she's a healer, a natural healer. That's a part of her," Ms Cartwright said.

Use of card helps others understand

Ms Flanders is an Indigenous Australian whose heritage includes Native American and Torres Strait Islander blood.

Ms Cartwright said the stroke, and developing aphasia, had changed their lives forever but there were so many things to be grateful for in a 12 year relationship.

"We hug, kiss, hold hands no matter where we are, we just don't care anymore. Everyone knows, and everyone accepts us," Ms Cartwright said.

"I'm grateful that we were together for such a long time. It means that I really know Kerry — I know what she likes, and dislikes, and I can read her body language," she said.

Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-31/living-and-loving-with-aphasia/9374948

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