Monday, July 16, 2012

Learning from a Crisis

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey 
by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD
Review by Louise Baskin

The author says, "I was, by anyone’s standard, no longer normal. In my own unique way, I had become severely mentally ill." But eight years later she wrote a book about her stroke at age 37.

I must admit I skimmed the first part, which delves into the science of the brain, but then was totally hooked when the author described her own stroke. Aware she was in serious trouble, she couldn’t remember how to call 911 for help but slowly figured out how to call her work number. She had to relearn how to sit, stand, and read. In year four of her recovery, she became capable of multitasking, such as boiling pasta and talking on the phone. She is still recovering after eight years.

Read this to find out symptoms of a stroke, how it feels to have a stroke, and what a stroke victim needs from others to recover. Most valuable to me was the last section about how our brains work and what we can do to lead a more peaceful, happier life by becoming aware of right brain/left brain functions.

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