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Stroke Survivor to Share Story of Remarkable Recovery

The second Arts & Lectures event of the spring semester features stroke survivor Bruce Heimbach.  

The event is at 6 p.m., Feb. 22 in the USU Ballroom. The event is free for Cal State San Marcos students, faculty, staff and alumni. Community members can reserve tickets online via the Arts & Lectures website for $5.

Heimbach was in the prime of his professional career as an architect/project manager for a large local construction firm when he suffered a massive stroke. After the stroke, he developed aphasia and was not able to communicate his basic needs and wants. Over time, Heimbach made a remarkable recovery and developed a new outlook on life: “Experience the world more visually and less verbally.”  

Aphasia is the loss or impairment of language. Faculty members from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology will provide a brief overview of what aphasia is and how it can impact a person. Heimbach will share his experience in recovery as well as his art and how it has guided him and shifted his values and priorities. 

CSUSM’s Arts & Lectures series offers a diverse lineup of artistic, cultural and scholarly events every semester based on input and proposals from students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  


What: Arts & Lectures event “Communicate Less Verbally and More Visually”  

Who: Stroke survivor Bruce Heimbach 

When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22 

Where: USU Ballroom 

Cost: Free for CSUSM students, faculty, staff, alumni; $5 for community members   

Tickets: Register online  

Information: Arts & Lectures website   

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