Julie, 36, from Tyne and Wear, had a stroke that took her voice and her unborn baby. Her doctors were worried she might not survive.
When mother-of-three Julie had her second stroke, it left her unable to speak – a condition known as “aphasia”.
“I was so scared,“ recalls Julie. “I couldn’t speak at all at that point, and I couldn’t understand a lot of what was happening.”
Tragically, Julie, who was 21 weeks pregnant at the time, was told that her pregnancy may have caused the stroke as her blood was thickening and her hormone levels were so high. Due to her risk of another stroke that could be fatal, Julie was left with no choice but to terminate her pregnancy.
“It was devastating and to make it worse, my husband Stephen had to make the decision as I couldn’t communicate at all. I remember one of the nurses saying, ‘you’re a fighter Julie and you have to carry on fighting for your kids’. I knew I had to carry on for the three of them.”
After not being able to speak for months, Julie’s speech has come back thanks to a lot of hard work and intensive speech and language therapy. She has improved so much that she can finally say her children’s names again.
Julie still struggles to make herself understood, but she won’t give up and hopes to soon be reading bedtime stories to her children once more.
“Being able to read to my kids is a goal of mine. I am a positive person and I want to help people with aphasia as much as possible."