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Laugh, Learn, and Have A Good Time with Avi Golden

Avi Golden is a former New York City flight paramedic with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, who experienced his first stroke in 2007 at age 33, following an elected surgery.

In this episode, he shares his story from first days following the event, through his journey to becoming a predominant speaker to educate and raise awareness about aphasia.

Avi maintains that his faith, humor, and positive outlook provide him the guidance and strength to continue to pursue a medical career and he happily embraces his new role as a public speaker, educator, mentor, and leader ~ even though he continues to receive intensive speech therapy for receptive and expressive aphasia.



loss of ability to understand or express speech, caused by brain damage.


  • “Every surgery is risky, and unfortunately for me… it’s stroke. Basically, ‘Oh well’.”
  • “I laugh a lot before the stroke and after the stroke.”


  • “Have faith and speak about your story.”
  • “Struggle and learn every day because it’s getting better.”
  • “Have a good time.”


Ellayne S. Ganzfried MS, CCC-SLP
Former National Aphasia Association (NAA). Executive Director

Adler Aphasia Center

New York City Outdoors Disability Group

No Barriers Summit – NY October 5-6, 2018

Leaps of Faith Adapted Skiers

Picmonic App

Special Thanks to Avi Golden for joining us!


Avi’s Facebook Page



Music Credit: Scott Holmes Music Corporate-Business

Podcast Production: Danielle Reed



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