Some of you may remember I said my 45 year old brother had a massive stroke a month ago. My blogging friend Christa from blog Mental Foodie: A Book & Food Lover recommended I read this one. Thanks Christa.
Another blogger reviewed this one also, here is her review - Julie from My Book Retreat
I am unable to give a true rating to this book because there were was invaluable information at times that is priceless for those that have had to experience stroke in their lives, themselves or a family member. The memoir parts were shocking and amazing, when she realised she was having a stroke, this was her reaction. "Oh my gosh, I'm having a stroke! I'm having a stroke! And in the next instant, the thought flashed through my mind, Wow, this is so cool! .... I kept thinking, Wow, how many scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain function and mental deterioration from the inside out?" .... Remember, please remember everything you are experiencing! Let this be my stroke of insight. Talk about a reaction. Some parts of the book are extremely clinical information, tons about the right and left hemispheres, but she does say when she thinks you may want to skip a section which I found interesting from an author. So at times for me this book was a 3, 4 or 5, very hard to rate.
There are a few quotes, passages I would like to share with you because even if you have never experienced a stroke or someone you love with a stroke it is important information to know, just in case.
Although many of us may think of ourselves as thinking creatures that feel, biologically we are feeling creatures that think.
I had forgotten about my job and all the things in my life that brought me stress-and with this obliteration of memories, I felt both relief and joy.
I wanted my doctors to focus on how my brain was working rather than on whether it worked according to their criteria or timetable.
I desperately needed people to treat me as thought I would recover completely. Regardless of whether it would take three months, two years, 20 years or a lifetime, I needed people to have faith in my continued ability to learn, heal and grow.
A quote she loves from Einstein. "I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be."
I thought the Appendix - Forty Things I Needed the Most - was so important and I wish Doctors could share with all families of stroke survivors. Here are some of my favourites:
- I am not stupid, I am wounded. Please respect me.
- Approach me with an open heart and slow your energy down. Take your time.
- Make eye contact with me. I am in here - come find me. Encourage me.
- Please don't raise your voice - I'm not deaf, I'm wounded.
- Celebrate all of m little successes. They inspire me.
- Love me for who I am today. Don't hold me to being the person I was before. I have a different brain now.
Jill Bolte Taylor would also like everyone to dial 1-800-BrainBank for more information about donating your brain.
Thanks for reading.
Personal Note - My brother started moving his left side that was completed unresponsive, it has been scary but we have hope. He is not speaking yet but you can tell he wants to and is trying to communicate with us. Again thank you for the support and prayers, I truly appreciate it.
This has also been the reason for less reading, blogging, networking etc but my brother is back home in the Bermuda hospital, he was air ambulanced back from Boston once he was stable enough last week.