As if this condition weren't painful enough, the patient shows signs of realizing their condition. Standard I.Q. tests show that non-language-based functions (drawing, computation, construction) were still normal or above. But language is gone. There are rare occurances of patients regaining use of language, but it's a slow, uphill battle.
I can't even imagine losing language. I always thought that my biggest fear would be to become blind - losing images and sights and the faces of my friends and family. But I would still be able to communicate, to write, to speak. Without that ability, I don't know how I would be able to function.
What do you think?