My Stroke of Insight is the story about Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained brain scientist who experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain.
She observed her own mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. This book offers insight, chemistry, words and an opportunity to get inside the head of a stroke victim and get a glimpse of what is happening. In this book, Taylor describes her confusion as she tries to dial the telephone. She detailed the steps she took and how daunting it was as each moment she continued to lose her sense of self.
If you have had a stroke or know someone,this book will bring you a bit more understanding of the brain patterns, the sense of confusion and the knowledge and hope that people (like the author) can recover.
2 thoughts on “Book Review: My Stroke of Insight”
She did an interview with Oprah on satellite radio…absolutely amazing. You can find her on ted.com as well.
Hi Deb, this book was fascinating! She spelled everything out so clearly – her thought pattern, confusion and desire to let go. I’ll check out Ted.com for sure!