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A brain disorder that leads to problems with speaking, reading and writing has sidelined actor Bruce Willis and drawn attention to a little-known condition that has many possible causes.

A , tumour, head or other to the language centres of the brain can cause aphasia. A brain infection or Alzheimer’s disease can trigger it. Former US Rep. Gabby Giffords, wounded in a 2011 , has aphasia from that .

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The National Aphasia Association estimates 2 million Americans are affected and nearly 180,000 get the disorder every year.

Willis’ family announced on Wednesday that the 67-year-old actor has been diagnosed with aphasia but did not provide any details on a possible cause. For an actor, aphasia could pose a huge challenge depending on how severe it is, said Johns Hopkins University cognitive scientist Brenda Rapp, who works with people with the condition.

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“You can imagine how frustrating it is if you can’t find words, if you can’t organise words into sentences, if you can’t get your mouth to produce the sounds you want it to produce,” Rapp said. “You are still yourself ... but you may not sound like yourself.” For most, the cause is a that has cut off to part of the brain. Without oxygen and nutrients, brain cells , which leads to the difficulty retrieving words.

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Aphasia does not affect intelligence. Some people improve dramatically in a few months. Others may need to find other ways to communicate. Speech and language therapy can help. Researchers are looking into new types of speech therapy and noninvasive methods such as a procedure that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells.

Source: 1news.co.nz

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Deborah Neylon

Sep 13, 2022

Bind those words that have been spoken over you, Bruce. Pray this over yourself daily Bruce For God has NOT given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Maureen Frazier

Sep 13, 2022

Is this what's going on with me? I can't help but wonder. Yet another thing I need to discuss with a physician. So the question is do I throw that idea at my nurse practitioner at my next appointment?

Joanne Chambers

Sep 13, 2022

Hey Bruce, So happy to hear you believe inJesus , Praying God's Best for you and your family. Loved you in Moonlighting, I remember after seeing a few episodes, I told some one just watch he is going far. So talented.Also I encourage you to stay focused on Jesus Read the WORD OF GOD, and know how very much he loves you. God is always faithful to bring you through.

Jose Ortega

Sep 13, 2022

Sorry to hear about what’s going on and happening to this awesome actor he is one of my favorite actors I wish him the best I hope they can find a cure for it because it’s needed. Thank of Mr. Willis you are one of the great ones

Ginger Lingo

Sep 13, 2022

The experience you are going through right now may be a test from God to see how strong your faith is with Him. James 1:3-4. I believe in you and your abilities to overcome many situations. Tear down the walls ❣😘🙏🤗❣

Anita Murray

Sep 12, 2022

I was saddened by the news about Bruce. He had me at Moonlighting and from then on any movies Bruce ever done. I hope he can recover from this, if not 100%, that there is treatment available that he can get somewhat better but please no worse. I know not only how devastating this must be not only for Bruce but the entire family. I send prayers to each of you..🙏🙏🙏❤️

Teresa Ortega

Sep 12, 2022

Sorry to hear about this great actor and fan God bless you and family and take care

Sep 12, 2022

Your a great actor Bruce Willis I'm a great fan may God be your healer he does miracle's God bless you

GeorgiaTrosper

Sep 12, 2022

So sorry to hear this. May God be by your side and comfort you and your family!! I have always loved you and your movies. One of my favorites is Blind Date, it is so funny!! God Bless you, Love you, and keep the Faith!!

Isiah

Sep 12, 2022

I pray for the healing of Bruce Willis 🙏 😔 😢

Brenda Roberts

Sep 12, 2022

I pray God Blesses Bruce and his family. May he find the help he needs, In Jesus Name!

Michael Cook

Sep 12, 2022

Hey 👋 I'm a very big fan of your work. I know that feeling that you have. Compary this condition life in your life.

Anna Crosby

Sep 12, 2022

He is a great actor I'm so sorry for him. Thank you Bruce for all your wonderful work.

Brian

Sep 12, 2022

It is good for us that we can not necessarily see our life's challenges in advance but our choices to open up our lives to God of the Bible determines our futures end destination Thru Jesus Christ one of His names is Jehovah Rapha(God our Healler). Man's ideas are limited but What impossibility for man is possible for God

Maria paz Santos

Sep 12, 2022

God bless you always praying for your full recovery even little by little.i remember. My brother from you he has lung cancer but it affeckhis brain . God the healer heal him It's good you retired and you have time to rest and know your self

Aleta Boyette

Sep 12, 2022

I am sorry to see this with Mr. Willis, I've always liked him, hope he will find ways to communicate again. ❤️☮️🙏

Iris Negron

Sep 12, 2022

I feel for many of us have volatile deseases great actor still sexy

Sep 5, 2022

May God continue to heal Bruce Willis one of my favourite actors when i was a teen. I will keep you in my prayers.

Mercedes

Sep 5, 2022

God Bless you Mr Bruce Willis, Trust God, if you cant find him, find him in your heart, He will Heal you bec there is no impossible with God, Call Him and pray,He will hear. God Bless

Sharon

Sep 5, 2022

May you be blessed abundantly may your health improve have faith because nothing is impossible with God at your side strength to the families. Ps always loved your movies

William F Graham

Sep 5, 2022

I have to say I love everything he has ever done till now, and till he passes, I love this man to the end! I love you bruce but that sounds bad coming forming from a man to man GOD BLESS YOU BROTHER!! BILLY GRAHAM ( THE PREACHER) RLTW! EDATW HOORAH

Asitha Weerasinghe

Sep 5, 2022

Please pray that God’s Providence upon myself to payoff all my debts and restore me and plant me never to be uprooted again in Jesus Christ name Amen

Ajala Ganiyat Oladunni

Sep 4, 2022

Help me to pray that God should raise an helpers of destiny to me and that God should help me to pay all my dept in Jesus Christ Mighty Name Amen.

Lillian

Sep 4, 2022

Please pray for my brother. Please pray he turns his life over to Christ and overcomes battles in his life. Please pray he comes to full repentance of his sins. Please pray God protects our communication and relationship in Jesus Name. Please pray God keeps His Hand of Protection over us always. Please pray fir our family

Gladys Augustus

Sep 3, 2022

Good for them...Sir. Bruce Willis one of the dopest actors for generation will always have his fans backing him. Got Nothin But Love 4Ya, Sir Bruce Willis.

Mark Brooks

Sep 3, 2022

sometimes its worse. not just one word but multiple related words. asking my wife for something I said "you know, the thing.. the thing you use to do the thing with the thing" not surprisingly she had no idea what I was talking about until I was able to get one of the words out correctly.

Alice Rebecca

Sep 3, 2022

I watched my mum struggle with this when she had brain mets. Watching her lose the ability to comprehend, express herself and be understood was up there with the most heartbreakingI watched my mum struggle with this when she had brain mets. Watching her lose the ability to comprehend, express herself and be understood was up there with the most heartbreaking affects I watched her deal with. I hope to never suffer like that, and my heart goes out to those that do.

Erin Clark

Sep 3, 2022

This is horrible to deal with, I can never remember the word I am meant to be using and often use the complete wrong one. And I can’t comprehend instructions anymore. Not even when I look at the pictures. I feel sorry for Bruce

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