This is a great story! A view of a stroke from science as well as the emotional side really provided an amazing look at the brain and how it works. Jill's story is amazing and that as a scientist, she could analyze what was happening to her brain as it was experiencing a stroke, and then tell us about her journey; is so important. She was excellent at explaining what had happened to various parts of her brain without using jargon or losing the reader. She provided a clear and objective analysis as well as supplying the emotional aspects of the stroke. The story can truly give one insight into a person who has suffered a stroke, but it also is about life. Take the lessons from Jill and bring them into your life, so that you won't need to have a stroke to become more aware and insightful.
Yes. The author is reading her own words.
Jill is my favorite character because she is so focused and successful.
Her words make new knowledge easier to understand.
I was floored when Jill was concious enough to realize she was having a stroke.
Love to love my husband, children, grandchildren! Love to learn, laugh, my faith in Jesus, love life!
I will be listening to this audio book again! The insight and hope of the experiences and full recovery from a stroke are beyond amazing! I wish I had known of this book when my father had his stroke. It would have given me a blueprint to give more love, understanding and positive direction for helping him recover. Professional caregivers and the medical community at large would greatly benefit in their understanding of what a stoke survivor experiences. Professionals would also gain insight on how to support those survivors. A must read!
My mother had a stroke in 2004, and I never understood WHY she couldn't do some things and not others. This book is a blessing for caregivers.
Her very articulate telling of what it was like to have a stroke from personal experience. The detail is exquisite.
It helped me understand my mother's experience with a massive stroke.
This is the most interesting story about a doctor of neurology who had a stroke and recovered. Her journey is powerful and eye-opening for any of us who might either experience something similar or witness it with family members. I learned a lot from this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone.
I would listen to this again in the future because in dealing with a person who has had a stroke it reminds me to be patient and teaches what to look for. I am sure there is more information that will be useful to me that was not immediately applicable in the first listen.
One of the most informative insights was the admonition to allow for sleep so that the body and brain can heal. I had forgotten the restorative powers of rest & sleep and laughed thinking of the patients in hospitals and nursing homes who have to be woken up at the crack of dawn to get their day started. Although it is not comical it is funny that all they want to do is sleep until a reasonable hour.
No, over many trips to and from the hospital.
Great book. Thanks for writing it. I hope doctors, nurses and other clinicians etc in rehab facilities read this and keep it on their shelves for reference. It is a unique perspective into the process of
I found this book both fasinating and thought provoking. It was fasinating from the point of view of, firstly, the science of the brain (chapters two and three) and secondly, Dr Bolte Taylors personal description of how she experienced her stroke. Had this not been a personal account and, moreover, not a personal account by a neuroanatomist one perhaps could critize the narration or content. For me though I greatly appreciated listening to the person that went through such an incredible journey rather than a professional reading about someone elses experience.
I found myself wanting more. I wanted more information on the brain's left and right hemesphires' functions and how to tap more readily into the right hemesphire (although Ms Bolte does give us insights into how to do this - I just wanted more :-D ) I had so many questions; so instead of finding the second half of this book boring or a soft guide to meditation I actually wanted more in depth information - but I concede that that is not what this book was about. It is a personal account of an AVM stroke suffered by a neuroanatomist, and on that level Ms Bolte delivered. As I say, the book is thought provoking so I am now on a quest to find other books to answer my questions!!
Perhaps the most import thing is that this book is TRUELY inspiring. Thanks to Ms Bolte's story I will never put limits, spoken or otherwise, on anyones ability to recover from any form of brain trauma and I will take personal responsibilty for my energy when showing up for others!
Unengaging despite the very attractive subject. This is a chronicle (a simple recounting of events). Author dwells on her very very many accomplishments to the point of annoyance. A disappointment.
I found myself having to process some of this book slowly as to understand what she was saying about the brain. That is only due to my limited knowledge of the brains anatomy. That didn't stop me from being very intrigued and compelled to listen to every second of this book. I enjoyed her very detailed description of what she experienced from her sudden stroke all the way through her recovery. It really educated me on how the brain works and just how dependent one part of the brain is to another just so we (human beings) can function the way we do.
Voice is shrill and boasting is exasperating, was unable to get through the second chapter which is sad considering her story on radio lab was very interesting.