I am first and foremost a mother. I have also had a heart transplant. For most people that would be the biggest medical hurdle of their life. However, for me, the stroke that lead to aphasia is my biggest struggle. 

From my mother to my sisters, brother and husband, aphasia makes it difficult to express what I want to the ones I love and often following what they are saying. On top of this, English is my third language.  

My twin boys will be 2 years old in a little over a month. They are at the age where they are starting to talk. I often hope that my problems speaking well will not stunt or slow their communication. I love them very much.  Like any mother, I want them healthy, happy and successful.  

I want my boys and others to understand that I'm a bright capable mother that happens to have aphasia. Since few know what aphasia is and even less truly understand aphasia, I was very happy when I heard about the aphasia film being made.  Equally as impressive was that it was done in a way that showed our humanity without trying to capitalize on our condition, or turn the film into an advocacy/commentary type of film. Therefore, even though I'm very shy and would normally have been circumspect of being in a film, instead I embraced it with open arms (and maybe a little fear).

 

Tinna Geula

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