Humans of ASHA: Megan

I came to the field of speech-language pathology in a nonlinear fashion, by way of my experience working as a chaplain in a large Chicago hospital. Through my chaplaincy, I learned there are countless individuals living in their own unique void between illness and health, fueling my interest in the rehabilitation of neurologic disorders. During this time, I met Geraldine, who is wheelchair bound with severe dysarthria, and living permanently at a skilled nursing facility, despite being in her fifties. When I left Chicago to begin coursework, Geraldine gave me a note she had dictated to one of the CNAs, that read, "I will miss you, my only friend." As a clinician, I think of Geraldine often, and am more aware of how the communication strategies we provide help people feel less isolated from their former lives and the world at large.

Megan

ASHA Corporate Partners