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Posted by Julie
on February 09, 2000 at 11:08:20:
Hello! I'm a volunteer for a group called Dysphasic Support in England, and have been in touch with Shelley for about 2 years now. She had a sub-arachnoid brain haemorrhage at the age of 30 and it's left her with a short term memory of around 30 seconds. Her speech is fine, but because of her memory she has naming problems. I visited her this weekend, and for the first time, her husband Paul, who is absolutely brilliant with her, was seriously depressed. They've had a psychology assessment done and it basically says that the memory loss is due to nerve damage and is therefore irreparable. What can I say to him? How can I make him feel better and carry on being optimistic? I feel useless! Any comments gratefully recieved...
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