Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Robbed of power to communicate

A bookshelf greets visitors as they walk into Lindsay Richardson's living room, a range of paperbacks and hardbacks propped in rows. However, these days the former secondary school teacher struggles to enjoy them. A stroke suddenly robbed her of the power to interpret written language.

She recalls: "It was great to be home from hospital, but the real worries were yet to come. I used to read a lot, my house was full of books and I could not read a word.

"Reading was lost to me and that was so frustrating."