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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight

Published: April 20, 2010

As profiled in the May/June 2010 issue of the Post, neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As she felt her brain functions slip away one by one (speech, movement, understanding), Taylor—a trained and brilliant researcher—studied and remembered every moment. She eventually recounted the lessons and insights gained from her experience in her bestselling book Stroke of Insight—a powerful story of recovery and awareness, and how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Dr. Taylor recounted her moving story in a lecture that we now share with you.

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  • Joyce Glover

    This was so appropriate to have seen this segment about Dr. Jill on OWN just last Sunday, Jan. 15th 2012. My brother’s only son had a stroke one week before the program aired and we were all in awe of how his life was abruptly changed from agile, strong construction worker to speechless, partial-paralytic patient in a hospital! The words of Dr. Jill gave me hope for Rick’s recovery, even if it is years away. I will get the book for our family to read, study and to give hope.