Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language. It usually happens on the left side (hemisphere) of the brain. Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, often as the result of a stroke or head injury, but it may also develop slowly, as in the case of a brain tumor, an infection, or dementia. The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. This topic was very interesting to me because my best friend’s mom has Aphasia. She had a stroke two years ago. For the first year she was unable to talk, write, and function at work. She was then place on disability since she could not perform her job. She is able to talk now but she is not 100% better. I still have a hard time understanding what she is saying. I feel sorry for anybody who has to go through this.