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My speech is poor after stroke

Fiona Caine is here to help if you have a relationship, sexual, marriage or family problem.

I had a stroke a couple of months ago and although my ability to move around has improved, my speech is still very poor.

I keep asking the doctors when it will come back but they don’t seem to be able to help me — perhaps they can’t understand me, I don’t know.

Anyway, it is getting me down and it’s very frustrating. I know my 14-year-old daughter, in particular, is frightened to talk to me in case I say something she doesn’t understand.

She’s found it all very confusing and I don’t know enough about it myself to be able to help her. What can I do to get myself back to normal? RL

FIONA SAYS: REHABILITATION IS THE KEY

For you and for those around you, your stroke must have been a frightening experience.

Although your speech may not have come back, you are clearly making great progress.

A stroke can damage both your mind and your body. Around a third of those who have a stroke are much better within a month of it happening, just like you.

Most stroke survivors have some kind of long-term problem that they have to adjust to living with, although recovery can continue for more than a year.

Rehabilitation is the key — learning to do things in a different way, or even to relearn how to do them. The Stroke Association can offer a lot of help and support to people who have survived a stroke.

The website explains where to get support from (including the support offered by the Stroke Association) and also about returning to normal day-to-day life.

As for your daughter, have you tried writing to her, as you've written to me?

She is probably more frightened that you'll have another stroke than frightened of what you're going to say.

Get her to read about stroke rehabilitation, too — the more she understands, the more she will be able to cope and to help you.

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