Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

This 18 minutes long video made me cry while watching it. It’s beautiful, personal and passionate, but for me it also had a poignancy about it.

In mid-March 1983 my dad had a brain haemorrhage while on a business trip to Nottingham; which, incidentally, is also where he was born. In fact, he had three haemorrhages.

It changed his life forever. Dad lived for another 15 years after that.

It changed our lives forever too, as his family. I was eleven years old at the time; 26 when he died.

But I’ve never really had an insight into what it may have been like for Dad to go through this experience. I will never really understand, never really know, but this video from Jill Bolte Taylor gives me a glimpse of what it may have been like from the inside.

Thanks to my cousin Zack for the link.

4 thoughts on “Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight”

  1. The New York Times Sunday Newspaper on May 25 had a great two page article on Jill Bolte Taylor and her book, “MY STROKE OF INSIGHT”. Her book is a must read and this NY Times article – called “A Superhighway to bliss” is worth checking out too.

  2. I read “My Stroke of Insight” in one sitting – I couldn’t put it down. I laughed. I cried. It was a fantastic book (I heard it’s a NYTimes Bestseller and I can see why!), but I also think it will be the start of a new, transformative Movement! No one wants to have a stroke as Jill Bolte Taylor did, but her experience can teach us all how to live better lives. Her TED.com speech was one of the most incredibly moving, stimulating, wonderful videos I’ve ever seen. Her Oprah Soul Series interviews were fascinating. They should make a movie of her life so everyone sees it. This is the Real Deal and gives me hope for humanity.

  3. MY STROKE OF INSIGHT was ranked #5 in all books sold on Amazon today and #1 in Memoirs above even Barbara Walters’ memoir. Babs had been promoting her book for months in advance and Dr. Taylor’s book was self-published.

    Then Oprah recommended it. There’s the Power of Now, and then there’s the Power of Oprah!!

    “My Stroke of Insight” is out in Hardcover now for less than the old paperback edition. Amazon has it for 40% off.

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