My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

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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.
 

About Jill Bolte Taylor

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Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. is a neuroanatomist who is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She is the national spokesperson for the mentally ill at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank) and the consulting neuroantomist for the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI). Since 1993 she has been an active member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008.
 
Published May 12, 2008 by Plume. 193 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Self Help, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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In 1996, 37-year-old neuroanatomist Taylor experienced a massive stroke that erased her abilities to walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details. Her remarkable story details her slow recove

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In 1996, 37-year-old neuroanatomist Taylor experienced a massive stroke that erased her abilities to walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details.

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Her decision to reclaim the power of thought in the left brain not only restored her life, but allowed her to understand that both the left brain and right brain need to be balanced for coherent functionality and wholeness.

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Daily Kos

One of the reasons she was elected was her campaign for folks with mental illness to donate their brains after they passed away for research purposes.

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It’s not the part that keeps up a constant stream of chatter about who we are and what we’re supposed to be doing, which means Taylor found doing the simplest task (like calling for help) overwhelming, but at the same time, she felt a sense of peace and ease that was unfamiliar to her.Unlike many...

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California Literary Review

Unfortunately, the brain is excluded from this program so if you have any interest in donating your brain for research, you must call a brain bank directly.

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She states that her book is not really about stroke, but is about “the beauty and resiliency of our human brain because of its innate ability to constantly adapt to change and recover function.” Taylor suggests that her book will help readers achieve inner peace without experiencing stroke by lea...

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