My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

by Ph.D., Jill Bolte Taylor | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0452295548 Global Overview for this book
Registered by loriped of Keizer, Oregon USA on 10/16/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by loriped from Keizer, Oregon USA on Sunday, October 16, 2011
The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

Journal Entry 2 by loriped at Keizer, Oregon USA on Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sending to Lauren for her birthday. Enjoy.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 11, 2011
This one looks super interesting! I remember reading an article on Taylor earlier in the year and added the book to my wishlist because of it.

Thanks Lori, for sending this along in my amazing birthday package!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, April 28, 2014
Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist and has a deep connection to determining why brains act the way they do for the mentally ill. She wakes up one morning not feeling too well, with a big headache, and tries to go about her day normally. Her ability to function quickly deteriorates and she realizes she is having a stroke. While her body is telling her to rest, her brain is telling her to get help as soon as possible. But getting to the phone and determining which number to dial is an incredible strain. The blood on her brain is affecting the left hemisphere, where things like phone numbers are stored. She eventually calls to work (very surprising that it was easier for her to figure this out than 911) and gets help.

When she arrives at the hospital it is confirmed that she has had a stroke and she must undergo extensive surgery to fix and remove a clot. The path to recovery is extensive but the whole journey gives Taylor a chance to reflect on how amazing our brains are and what they can overcome.

The descriptions of what it feels like when you lose function in part of your left brain is amazing. We all know that we are solid human beings, but apparently this is partially an understanding from the left hemisphere of our brain. Taylor thought she was a fluid being, at once with the universe, for a long time before her left hemisphere was brought back to normal functionality. I can't imagine what it would be like to think that. The right hemisphere seems much kinder than the left, which is more calculating. I very much wondered throughout the book what Taylor would have been like if the right hemisphere had experienced the bleed rather than the right.

This is a very interesting look in to before, during, and after a stroke. The last couple of chapters I could have done without as they were a bit repetitive and I felt them rather preachy, but I would still recommend this book.

Journal Entry 5 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 01, 2014
Mailed this weekend to Elsi, who expressed interest in it when I mentioned that I was reading it. Enjoy!

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