After the Bruce Willis news, a CT speech therapist explained that aphasia and dementia are not the same.

Karen Anderson is in a constant battle to be heard.

The 72-year-old resident of Cromwell had a stroke last July, after which he was unable to speak for several weeks. With the support of family members and through regular visits with Stratford speech-language pathologist Sarah Gromko, Anderson has regained her ability to speak, but her speech is still stunted, and communication remains difficult for her.

“I want to tell someone that I watched a show, but all of a sudden, the brain just says ‘I don’t think I can tell you anymore,’” she said. “That’s what’s so frustrating.”

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