My name is Crystal L Batson and I have been chosen as one of two Honorees for the 2020 March On for Brian Injury Hudson Valley walk presented by the Brain Injury Association for New York State (BIANYS).
On July 9, 2016 I had an ischemic stroke. My left carotid artery was blocked by a blood clot in my neck and I had to have surgery (left carotid endaerotomy) to clear it. I had global aphasia as a result of my stroke and now have “mild aphasia”.
Aphasia is a communication disorder which impairs an individuals ability to speak, write, read and language processing aka comprehension. I have attended the Adler Aphasia Center since January 2017 and since the pandemic I attend virtual groups via Zoom given by the center.
My brain injury has affected my ability to work, I was employed as a 911 Dispatcher for the City of Yonkers Police Department, dispatching police and firefighters and I was forced to retire. I am on medical leave from Fordham University where I was pursuing a Master of Social Work.
I have problems retrieving words, spelling, focusing, concentrating and comprehension issues as well as memory issues. Thanks to the Brain Injury Association of NYS and other resources for brain injury survivors, I continue to thrive while dealing with this very difficult, traumatizing and challenging issue.