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    After Stroke, Woman Couldn’t Read But Able to Write

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    A woman, identified only as M.P. went to work one day and soon after arriving discovered that she couldn’t read.

    It's scary to know that any of us could experience a serious medical condition at any time.

    A woman, identified only as M.P. went to work one day and soon after arriving discovered that she couldn’t read.

    Employed as a kindergarten teacher, M.P. recalled that the realization struck her when she was unable to understand both the student roster and the day’s lesson plan.

    In the following days it emerged that she was also having trouble telling time and selecting words to be spoken.

    Doctors later discovered that the woman had suffered a stroke that impacted the language center of her brain in very specific ways.

    She was still able to write and comprehend what she heard. Further, she continued to have emotional responses to words she saw, even though she couldn’t say what they were.

    For example, when shown the word ‘dessert’, she had a positive reaction. When ‘asparagus’ came up, she expressed having negative feelings.

    Determined to read again, she called upon her experience teaching children and enlisted a number of traditional tactics.

    Unfortunately, none worked, but she did eventually find some success using a tactile approach in which she traced the letters she was trying to comprehend.

    Despite her distressing condition, she has found ways to contribute to her community and is currently preparing to write a book about her experience.