My name is Filipe Falé , I'm from Portugal and I live in London. I'm a musician, the bass player in a band called Pulmonic.
On the 23 of July 2016 I suffered a stroke ( a "brain attack" as they now call it) at the age of 36!!
The effects of the stroke came the following afternoon. I found myself suddenly unable to speak. I was unable to write, and my right hand side had become partially paralysed.
My recovery has been very good, considering that intially I could barely speak or name objects as simple as a chair or a glass. I couldn't hold a spoon with my right hand, which for a bass player can be quite desperate...
I still suffer from Aphasia, which is a disturbance in the formulation and understanding of language. But I am present and I need to talk about it. The old me is gone, but I'm in a process of rediscovering myself again. I'm scared but I'm also excited because every day brings new challenges and a new motivation.
I would like to share my story and show others how I'm becoming alive again!I'm making a movie to tell the story about my recovery through the music I love, I was afraid that would die because of the stroke, many avid listeners
I have been going to music festivals for many years and I don't want this year to be different! So... The plan is to go to five music festivals that are happening across Europe and the USA:
Tremor in the Azores, Portugal. in Sines, Portugal.
Desertfest in London., UK.
Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain.
FMM Sines in Sines, Portugal.
Aftershock in Sacramento, USA
I want to go there as a young stroke survivor, rock out with my Aphasia. I want to meet people, talk to the bands and raise Stroke and Aphasia awareness . I want to turn my fear into joy and I want to film it. And all of that dressed as A RABBIT !
Credit: Gary Mcgarvey (HORSE Design)
I am looking to raise £15,000. If it reaches that it will be spent on the movie. If that's objective is reached, all donations that continue to come half of it will go to the Stroke Association , to Aphasia Reconnect , and to the amazing people at Faro Hospital .
Thank you for all your donations and support. If you cannot donate, at least get in touch and buy me a coffee... It's good for my Aphasia and I can let you know about this new big adventure!