Most of us take communication for granted. I love to talk and hear what others have to say. My peers and I take instant communication as a given. It’s so easy for us to chat face-to-face,e-chat, text, you name it, we’re always talking, regardless of the medium. But what about those of us who find communication difficult? In my school life I have known students with speech impediments and language disorders whose lives were made more difficult by their disabilities. At home, my grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s and she cannot make herself understood except with great effort. At one time, she was a court reporter who made her living with words. Now her thoughts and words are lost in a tangle of meaningless garbled noise.
I would love to make her and others like her better, to hear her talk again. That is why speech pathology is my vocation. Helping others to communicate would change the world, one patient at a time.