"My stroke and my aphasia do not define me."

Meet our friend, Mr. Michael Hadley. Mike inspires others who have aphasia, and adapted the poem below to share with other stroke survivors.

Mr. Michael Hadley has aphasia and is a two-time stroke survivor. He served as a New York City law officer for 20 years, as well as an adult educator (including AARP drivers’ education and U.S. citizenship classes). Currently, Mr. Hadley is a Chef and Master Food Educator at the University of Delaware, a role he’s held since March, 2016. He has been married to his wife, July, for 28 years.

“My stroke and my aphasia do not define me. That means that it doesn’t have power over me. My T.A.G. (Talents, Abilities, and Gifts) have kept me going even after my stroke: persistence, mental strength, speaking to and connecting with people, music, and looking to a Higher Power. Who you are in life will define you from this point on!”

"Don't let yourself get discouraged"

WebMD magazine featured our friend, Ms. Mertro Robinson. Mert shares her experiences with stroke and aphasia, and how she has stayed motivated to keep getting better.