Resources about Strokes

This section contains some useful information on strokes. It is arranged first with a focus on relevant information, followed by information regarding my personal experience.

Relevant information:

  • As a multilingual, I found particularly helpful the papers collected in the book Aspects of Multilingual Aphasia, edited by Martin R. Gittermann et al. (2012).

Personal experience:

  • In this CUP paper, pubished in English Today, I describe how the stroke affected my ability to communicate (aphasia); there is also an update, ‘Ten Years After the Stroke‘, where I explain my newly found mission in life. And in a paper, published in Aphasie et domains associés, I have given a more detailed account of all the issues that a recovering stroke patient may experience to today’s society.

  • In Babel I have summarized the consequence of being a multilingual person on language recovery following a stroke (‘Losing Language – Multilingualism and Aphasia‘); a much extended and referenced version has been published in the International Journal of English Linguistics (‘Multilingualism in Stoke Patients’) where I discuss factors that influence language recovery emphasizing the emotional attachment to languages, and languages used during therapy.


  • Aphasia was also the focus of the TV broadcast “gesundheit heute”, which ran a feature on my story (follow this link and then look for >> Regeneration nach Hirnschlag mit Sprachverlust); it also provides an in-depth interview. Both are in Swiss German.


  • Sophie Badoux has intervied me and then written a very nice portrait, « Surmonter l’aphasie », in the university journal « l’uniscope ».
  • René Staubli wrote a nice piece on aphasia featuring my story, which has been published on 5 March 2013 in a number of Swiss-German dailies (« Tagesanzeiger », « Der Bund » and « Berner Zeitung »).
  • Juliane Hartmann, representative for education of the Protestant Churches in Switzerland, conducted an interview with me which resulted in a nice article, published in June 2015 and entitled “Mit Lebenslust auf der ‘slow lane’ unterwegs” (“Enjoying life in the slow lane”). The article (it is in German only) can be read here:
  • In 2015 the Swiss Brain Foundation (Ligue Suisse pour le cerveau) did a fund-raiser with my story; it can be read here in French and in German.
  • « Fragile Suisse » have published a short blog of mine, which I originally wrote to improve my German writing; it is an an essay on the events surrounding my stroke ( > Fachpersonen > Erfahrungsberichte).