Our Facilitators, Diane Lombard and Erika Boyle, started the group in 2007 because they saw a great need for social, emotional and educational support for persons impacted by aphasia.
Erika's role as a co-survivor started in September 2000 when her husband Tom, who was 39 years old at the time, suffered a major stroke which resulted in physical limitations as well as aphasia. Since then Erika has become active in the aphasia community raising awareness and becoming an advocate for people experiencing aphasia.
Diane's life as a co-survivor began in Norcross, Georgia on a beautiful May morning in 1995. She had planned on a wonderful weekend of reunions in Boston and a graduation in Philadelphia. Instead it became a journey into the unknown world of aphasia as her husband Bob sufffered a major stroke at age 51, resulting in physical disabilities as well as aphasia.
Diane and Bob moved to Florida and met Erika and Tom at an aphasia support group at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2001. When that group was discontinued they decided there was still a great need for a support group and formed the Suncoast Aphasia Support Group. The group is growing and is still going strong. It continues to serve persons with aphasia living in and around the Sarasota, Florida community.
Last updated September 2014
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