"If the words coming out of your mouth are not what you intend, who’s talking?" Nina Mitchell

Nina has aphasia.  She also has a great blog at http://mindpop.net/

Some people say we are what we eat, but I expect most people with aphasia think we are what we say.  Words.  Indicators of a reality we know and understand, and reflections of our dreams.  Our identity is revealed by our words.  And aphasia hides that identity.   It takes more than I can imagine to retain self, or heal it.  I am not a believer in a re-created identity, though some people talk of a “new normal” or incorporating a new identity post aphasia.  I believe instead, that who we are is always there, and what we do is find a way out.  Or in, and then out again. 

So, Nina.  My answer to your question is: 

You.

Nina

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About Shirley Morganstein

I am a life participation therapist for people with aphasia, exploring the relational and reflective process.
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