Meet Peter

Peter had a stroke at 65 years of age. This left him with dysarthria, which means he has very slurred speech. Being difficult to understand can be very isolating.

Peter says the effect of the stroke on his communication has totally changed his life.

He now tends to avoid most social situations.

I find myself having to repeat myself all the time, which is very tiring.

Peter finds it upsetting when people make assumptions about him due to his communication difficulties. He doesn't like it when people pretend to understand him, but obviously don't.

I know exactly what I want to say but nobody can understand me.

He hopes that speech pathologists can do more to help people with dysarthria.

Read more about potential communication and swallowing difficulties following a stroke. Read more about dysarthria.

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