Aphasia: Background information when reading Lean Fall Stand

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Lean Fall Stand

A Novel

by Jon McGregor

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Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor
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    Sep 2021, 288 pages

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Aphasia

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Cartoon drawing with speech bubbles showing how a person with aphasia struggles to communicateIn Lean Fall Stand, the main character suffers a massive and debilitating stroke during a whiteout storm in Antarctica. After being rescued, he returns home to England to begin the long, arduous task of learning to speak again. The medical term for the loss of the ability to understand or express speech is aphasia. It is usually caused by a neurological insult, such as a stroke, brain injury or neurogenerative disease like dementia.

According to the Mayo Clinic, "The most common cause of aphasia is brain damage resulting from a stroke — the blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Loss of blood to the brain leads to brain cell death or damage in areas that control language." With certain forms of aphasia, it is not uncommon for some people to retain their intellectual and cognitive abilities, while at the same time being unable to communicate.

How do you recognize aphasia? It is helpful to look for the following signs, as the person may:

  • Speak in short or ...

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