David Barnston, 74, had a stroke in 2011 that left him with communication difficulties stemming from a condition called aphasia, which inhibits sufferers’ ability to talk, understand, read and write.
Mr Barnston’s wife, Janice, has been by his side throughout his long and challenging journey.
She said: “Initially, as well as being unable to talk, read or write, David was also severely dyspraxic. This meant he was unable to coordinate basic tasks such as making a cup of tea.
“I was determined to help David. As soon as he was home from hospital, I started daily exercises with him to help improve his speech. We owe a lot of thanks to the help we received from the hospital’s early discharge team, and the speech and language department at the local community hospital too.”
By joining the Lost for Words campaign, Mr Barnston is hoping to raise awareness of the challenges stroke survivors can face, particularly in terms of communication.
Mrs Barnston says she is proud of the marked improvements her husband has made since first having the stroke.