Bruce Willis’s Daughter Posts Sweet Photo with the Actor After Aphasia Diagnosis

The actor, 67, shared a sweet hug with his actress daughter, 28 – whom he shares with ex-wife Demi Moore – as they posed in fun snaps shared to her Instagram. 

The father and daughter duo appeared to be having a great time together as they pulled off dramatic faces for the camera while spending quality time together.

The Glass star opted for a casual ensemble, donning a plain white T-shirt, grey joggers and navy trainers.

While Tallulah opted for a pretty black shirt with a red floral pattern, which she teamed with wide-legged grey trousers.

The Whole Ten Yards star also posed for a cute selfies on her own, with one seeing her don dark sunglasses as she pouted for the camera.

Captioning her post, she penned: ‘high drama club ~~ life skills ~~ fingers crossed I eat a veggie this week LMAO.’

Bond: The actor, 67, shared a sweet hug with his actress daughter, 28 - whom he shares with ex-wife Demi Moore - as they posed in fun snaps shared to her Instagram

His family announced back in March that Willis was suffering from a brain condition that affects the sufferer’s ability to speak and understand language. 

His condition has since declined, a source close to the family told reporters, and his family is now coming together to spend every moment they can together.

‘They know he won’t be around forever,’ the unnamed source said. ‘So they’re cherishing every single moment.’

The source went on to tell how Moore ‘has been in constant contact with Bruce and Emma.

‘She takes every opportunity she can to spend time with him,’ they said, adding: ‘If she’s not there by his side, she’s calling on the phone just so Bruce can hear her voice.’

The blended family is now spending the holidays in Idaho together, as they do every year, with Willis’ daughter Tallulah, recently sharing a photo of her embracing her mother as her father stood nearby looking at Demi’s dog, Pilaf.

‘It was always a special time,’ the source said. ‘The family traditions they loved continued, like their pajama parties and game nights.’

Last month, Bruce appeared every inch the proud dad as he posed for a sweet family photo with his five kids as well as his ex Demi Moore and current wife Emma Heming.

The family photo is the first of the star  since he announced his retirement from acting in the wake of his aphasia diagnosis. 

Demi wrapped an arm around her ex for the photo, while Bruce’s wife Emma posed alongside her and the blended family’s five children – Demi and Bruce’s daughters Tallulah, 28, Scout, 31, and Rumer, 34, and the actor’s two children with Emma, Mabel Ray, 10, and Evelyn Penn, eight.

‘We are FAMILY!! Getting into the holiday spirit!’ Demi, 60, captioned her slideshow. 

Demi also shared a sweet picture of Emma and Bruce sweetly holding hands at the dinner table. 

Christmas mode: Last month, Bruce was every inch the proud dad as he posed for a sweet family photo with his five kids as well as his ex Demi Moore and current spouse Emma Heming

Christmas mode: Last month, Bruce was every inch the proud dad as he posed for a sweet family photo with his five kids as well as his ex Demi Moore and current spouse Emma Heming

The actress received comments from her celebrity pals, including a ‘Merry Christmas Yo all!’ and a single red heart emoji from Kyle Richards. 

‘What a fun evening ❤️,’ Emma wrote beneath Moore’s post. 

Bruce married Emma in 2009, and together they have daughters Mabel and Evelyn. 

The Die Hard star was previously married to Moore from 1987 to 2000. They have daughters Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout together.

Earlier this year, Bruce’s family revealed he would be retiring from acting due to his diagnosis with aphasia. 

‘To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,’ they wrote.

‘As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.

‘We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him,’ they added. ‘As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.’

Aphasia, the brain condition suffered by Bruce Willis, can leave a person unable to communicate

The world learned that Hollywood legend Bruce Willis, 67, would retire due to his diagnosis of aphasia, a potentially devastating condition that causes a person to lose communication skills. 

Willis’ family announced that the condition would cause the Die Hard star to step away ‘from the career that has meant so much to him.’ 

Around one million Americans suffer from the condition, the National Institutes of Health reports, and around 180,000 people are diagnosed with it every year. 

It can manifest itself in multiple ways, and is often either the result of a head injury, a stroke, a tumor or other brain deterioration.

Aphasia can be devastating as well, with experts saying it causes depression in over a third of cases, can lead to personality shifts and can even alienate friends and family from the affected person. 

Other famous examples of aphasia include former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. 

‘Imagine being dropped in a country where you do not speak the language – cannot understand, read, write or speak. It would impact all of your interactions – this is what it is like to have aphasia,’  Darlene Williamson, president of the aphasia association, told

While it is impossible to say for Willis in particular how drastically the condition has effected him and his behavior, Williamson reports that it can often be devastating for patients.

‘The consequences of living with a language impairment can alter someone’s behavior and outlook on life,’ Williamson said.

‘Approximately 35 percent of individuals with aphasia experience some depression.’

The cause of the condition, which is often some sort of traumatic brain injury or a stroke, can lead to massive personality shifts.

‘[Aphasia is] difficulty with language that comes about from some kind of injury to the brain. The most common source is stroke… but it could come from any other type of damage,’ Dr Brenda Rapp, a cognitive scientist at Johns Hopkins University, told 

Certain infections that impact the brain’s language centers can cause aphasia to form as well, along with cognitive decline and deterioration associated with dementia. 

The condition can make it very hard for an actor like Willis to continue in his career, as just the process of speaking out lines can become a challenge.

‘It would surely be difficult,’ Williamson said about attempting to continue acting while afflicted with the condition.

‘Aphasia affects comprehension of language, speaking, as well as reading and writing. There are varying levels of severity which would be another determining factor. It may not be impossible, but acting would require extra accommodations.’

There are four common types of aphasia that make up a vast majority of cases: fluent – often called Wernicke’s; non-fluent – known as Broca’s; anomic; and Primary Progressive Aphasia. 

Rapp explained that there are different forms of the condition because each represents a different type of breakdown in the process of communication.

Whether it is the ability to translate thoughts into proper words, the ability to physically say words, or the ability to interpret and understand speech from others, each part of communication is a complex process, and even slight brain damage can cause issue.

While the condition does cause communication failures, Rapp notes that the person themselves is still the same. 

Their thoughts, beliefs and feeling towards their loved ones remain, even if it can be frustrating and alienating for both the aphasia patient and those around them to deal with this condition. 

Willis’ family did not reveal what type he was facing, or how severe of a case he had, or what was the root cause found for the condition. 

According to the Stroke Association, a UK based group, those who suffer Wernicke’s aphasia have the ability to string together long sentences of words, but will often say things in a way that they do not make sense, or even use made up words.

They will also suffer from impaired reading and writing ability, and may have trouble understanding clear verbal communication towards them.

One example used by Rapp is that a person may misunderstand the sentence ‘John kicked the dog’. 

Dr Brenda Rapp, a cognitive scientist at Johns Hopkins University, explains that aphasia is often caused by a stroke, and can manifest itself in many different ways

While the average person would clearly understand who kicked who in that scenario, a person dealing with this type of the condition may struggle to figure out whether John or the dog was the person that did the kicking. 

Broca’s aphasia will often cause a person to forget words or put together a proper string of words even when their brain can fully understand what they want to say.

A person suffering from this type of the condition will often use simple, short, sentences to get across speech as they are unable to properly say what they want to at times.

The Stroke Association says that these sentences will often be of around four words or less.

A person suffering from Broca’s aphasia will also struggle with writing, but their reading ability is left unaffected.

Someone suffering from anomic aphasia may suffer to find specific verbs and nouns that they need to get their point across, and will speak very vaguely. 

This may also translate into their writing, where they will just not be able to generate the correct words necessary to say what they would like to say.

Primary Progressive Aphasia aphasia damages a person’s ability to communicate in virtually every single way.

A person suffering from this version of the condition will have trouble speaking, reading and writing.

Their ability to process and understand someone that is speaking to them is damaged as well. 

Doctors can often detect aphasia via either an MRI or CT scan, and will be able to pinpoint the exact part of the brain that is causing the issue.

There is no way to fix or cure the condition entirely, but patients will often undergo speech therapy to help rebuild their language skills. 

‘There’s not a lot of progress [with medication for the condition]… the treatment for aphasia is speech therapy,’ Rapp said.

She noted that in some cases a person may undergo electric stimulation therapy alongside speech therapy in order to ‘get the most’ out of the experience. 

Williamson said that ‘strong family support is a critical piece of living successfully with aphasia.’ 

It is not always permanent, though, and how long it lasts and how severe it is often depends on how bad the damage to the brain is.

Stroke victims in particular that suffer aphasia can regain their speech, and often within only a few weeks. 

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  1. Too bad this family refuses to call this for what it is: dementia. I’ve been a geriatric RN for 26 years and can see this a mile away. There’s no shame in a dementia diagnosis. So sad for all of them!

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