Kaley is 25 years old. She is living with the loss of her speech due to an unknown degenerative condition. This letter captures what Voices of Hope for Aphasia means to her, and to many of our other members.
You asked today why we come to VOH and what it does for us. Here is why I do and what it does for me. I got sick in September of 2004 one month before my 14th birthday. I’ve seen over 65 doctors and had every test known to man performed. Being sick at such a young age was very difficult. Kids weren’t always the nicest. Same with strangers: some would point, laugh, mock, stare and make jokes about me. My mom saw your car magnet on someone’s car and stopped them. That is how we found you. I’m very glad she did. My mom found Voices of Hope at a point where I had given up hope that anyone would understand me and what I was going through or that I’d have friends.
Voices of Hope for Aphasia gave me hope again. It gave me great friends. It’s given me a safe place to be myself and a place where I’m not judged based on how well I can talk or walk or write.
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