Prosopagnosia. It is a big word. Worse than trying to spell it – is trying to understand what it means when you have never experienced it.
People ask, “If you never remember a face, are you truly seeing it the first time?” Yes, I see your face the first time, and every time, the correct way. It will all appear as it is supposed to appear. You have two eyes, a centered nose and directly below that, a beautiful smile on your lips. However, when I look away, I won’t see it again. Each time I see your face it is as if I am looking at a person I have never met before. Even my own. Often, I am a stranger in the mirror.
I saw and remembered faces before my stroke. I know that these faces are the same. I see new faces after the stroke, and I will never remember seeing them again. Ah, but it is not all that bad. I figure that everyone now has at least a thousand chances to make a first impression with me!