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An open letter to Bruce Willis

Recently, aphasia appeared in the headlines when the family of Hollywood star Bruce Willis announced he would be stepping back from his acting career due to living with the condition.

Aphasia is a disorder which impacts speech, writing and the ability to understand spoken and written language.

During Aphasia Awareness Month (June), members of our aphasia support groups have written an open letter to Willis – and others living with the condition – with their advice on living with aphasia.

Here is their letter:

Dear Bruce – and everyone living with aphasia

We are stroke survivors who were very suddenly diagnosed with aphasia.  This means we struggle with language and communication.

We know it takes time to adjust to aphasia. We want to offer you the wisdom of our experience.

It’s important to take time – the words might not come right away.

Get comfortable with recognising your biggest challenges. Let others know how to help you

Ask others to slow down when speaking.

Take your time!

Be sure to recognise your “small” victories as well as the big ones.

Try to focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t.

It can be tempting to step back from things. Try to get out there and push yourself a bit.

Try to meet other people in a similar position. You’re not the only one with aphasia. You might be able to help each other. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is a great source of support and advice for people with aphasia.

Keep going!

Good luck! All the best from

Members of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland aphasia support groups

People are leaving hospital feeling scared and alone. You can change that.

Your donation can help people do more than just survive – you can help them really live.


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