Nearly a year ago I suffered 2 brain haemorrhages following a fall .

As a result of my injury to the left side of my brain I also found myself dealing with aphasia. This manifested itself in the only words I could say on coming out of a coma is 'ready brek' - don't ask why... I still to this day don't understand why. ;-). This is how I first came to become aware of 'Say Aphasia' - (the charity I am raising money for) -by attending one of their drop in support groups.

Six months post injury I celebrated by running 5k.. now I am at the anniversary.. it demands something even more special.. so I'm taking part in the Brighton Half Marathon!

Aphasia is a communication disability which occurs when the communication centres of the brain are damaged. It is usually caused by a stroke, brain haemorrhage, head injury or a brain tumour. Aphasia makes it difficult to read, write or speak. It affects people differently. Some people are unable to speak at all, others may have difficulty finding the right words to say or have difficulty reading, writing or using numbers.

It affects relationships, employment, education, social lives and confidence. Aphasia affects around 350,000 people in the UK, yet not many people have heard of it. The fact that this condition is rarely heard of, contributes to the loneliness that aphasia sufferers experience.

'Say Aphasia' run drop in support groups. Providing a place to meet others who are experiencing a similar life change, who can understand what you are going through. At these social groups people can learn how to adapt to this new way of life, amongst people who can relate to you and offer tips and tricks to make life a little easier.

I am well way to recovery now- but I can't thank the support this group provides to people in the community suffering from aphasia enough.

Please donate to such a worthy cause. Say Aphasia is only a small charity that survives on donations like yours. It doesn't have to be a large donation every little helps.

Thank you for your support. It is much appreciate.

Love Emma

Emma Rich