NICOLE MUNN, a mother of three, was brushing her two-year-old son’s teeth when she fell to the floor.
“I had no idea what was happening, so I just went to say ‘mummy’s being silly’ but it came out as gobbledygook,” she said.
“One of my older sons, who was 13 at the time, found me lying there and phoned my partner in tears.”
She didn’t know it then, but at 45, Nicole, from Brighton, had suffered a stroke, and it left her unable to speak, read and write due to a condition called aphasia.
She also lost the use of the right side of her body.
She said: “I learnt to read again with my little boy, and I went back to my job as a teaching assistant for a while on a part-time basis, but it wasn’t to be.”
Now, 11 years later, having regained most of her speech, she works as a befriender for the Sussex Community NHS Trust’s aphasia befriending service.
Her speech therapist Kirsty Maguire, who set up the service, asked her if she wanted to be involved.