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Winston J. Lindsley

Stroke Survivor


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My name is Winston Jerome Lindsley. I am a stroke survivor. I am delighted to share my personal experience with stroke and stroke recovery.

When I was 12 years old I bought my first car and, by age 18, I could completely disassemble any GM car and put it back together again. I was involved in an explosion that burned 60% of my body. After being in the hospital for 7 months and recovering for a year and a half, I moved to San Francisco and began a car repair business. I sold it after 3 years and became a General Motors service manager. One day I watched a TV program called “Sixty Minutes” about the expansion of business in the Middle East, and suddenly I saw that my future was taking automotive repair to this area of the world. The end result was to take a complete General Motors repair shop to a country I had never been to before, in a thirty-five foot motor home converted into a mobile workshop and show room. My first year and a half was spent training over one thousand mechanics, and selling equipment to over thirty-five Arab companies, while driving my unit across the desert sands of Saudi Arabia. Eventually, this business, International Technological Information Consultants, Inc., was involved in delivering training in mechanics, automotive services and other endeavors to many developing countries. I pushed myself to take a chance, never doubting myself or giving up. Later, when I had a stroke, I found it necessary to apply the same perseverance to regaining the ability to communicate.

On April 29, 2002, I had an aneurysm on my aorta which caused internal bleeding. I immediately had to undergo a very dangerous surgery to repair the tear in my heart. When I woke up from the surgery they discovered that I had suffered a stroke on the left side of my brain. As a result, I was totally paralyzed on the right side of my body, but have now regained most of my strength back. The stroke also left me with aphasia and apraxia. I fight every day to gain back the skills I lost five years ago.

We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, not the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job. Winston Churchill

I want to share with you the TOOL that I use to communicate.

I associate sounds with the correct mouth shape which is a major breakthrough for someone with apraxia. When preparing a speech, a written draft of the material is first created. Then the speech is read aloud by someone while I video their mouth, properly forming the words I want to say. I practice with the video tape until I am able to form the words enabling me to deliver a speech.

I WANT TO BE ABLE TO TALK. This is something I say all the time. I am passionate about helping others to talk also. Now, through SpeakinMotion, you will have a way to easily create your own videos and speech scripts. I hope that you will benefit from this technology.

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