Our Team

Dear Friends,

I had a stroke in November 2003, just one month after my 40th birthday.

In 2002, after supervising a multi-media department of a major publication company, I started my own consulting firm. Married for twelve years, I, like other mothers, was juggling the demands of a new business with raising my young son when I suffered a stroke and soon had to come to terms with its devastating impact. I lost my ability to speak, read, and write. I had aphasia. The stroke had also affected my vision and damaged my ability to use my right side.

Now I need to think very hard before I speak, which can exhaust me. Yet the strategies and skills I have acquired since joining the Adler Aphasia Center in 2005 have had an enormous impact on my quality of life. While attending the Center's Life Skills program twice a week, I have taken my passion for jewelry design and helped to create a unique design store called Something Special. While teaching other people with aphasia how to design and create the beautiful handcrafted pieces in this webstore, I have mastered the art of helping others while helping myself.

Eunice Bustillo
Founding Member
Something Special
With Eunice's entrepreneurial energy still intact, she has been a driving force behind the development of Something Special, a new gift and jewelry design store at the Center and Online that sells items designed and created by people with aphasia.

Eunice credits the Adler Aphasia Center as a vitally important factor in her recovery. She has made measurable progress and continues to improve with help from the Center's speech pathology specialists and the support of and interaction with other people with aphasia. With the Center's assistance, she is motivated and supported in her battle to regain her place as a fully-functioning mother, wife, and career professional, and she is re-engaging with her life as she makes incremental progress each day.

Throughout this website you will find a display of the handcrafted pieces offered from the Something Special collection available for purchase. We invite you to drop by the Center to see Eunice and other artisans like her and view the entire selection in our studio.

Chrysa Golashesky
Program Director
Something Special