Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (from My Stroke of Insight)

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (from MY STROKE OF INSIGHT)

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

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  • Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., a Harvard-trained brain scientist, woke up one morning with a sharp pain behind her left eye. She tried to continue with her morning routine, but one by one, her left brain lost its functions. Like dominoes, she lost the ability to walk normally, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. In My Stroke of Insight (A Plume Book), Dr. Taylor describes her thoughts and progressively limiting reactions as she realized she was having a stroke.

    News News News on the homefront! We are working with Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment on the creation of a feature film adaptation of My Stroke of Insight. Screenwriter Semi Chellas is busy working on the screenplay and Ron Howard will be the director. Jodie Foster is interested in playing the role of me and I am hoping that that will work out. Who will play GG remains a mystery. How exciting!

  • My Stroke of Insight provides valuable information about the human brain and particularly how it is affected by stroke. More than that, it gives us an opportunity to reevaluate our own lives and become aware of the choices we are capable of making.

    A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities On the morning of December 10, 1996 Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four brief hours. As the damaged left side of her brain ? the rational, grounded, detail and time-oriented side ? swung in and out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realties: the euphoric nirvana 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 Jill was having a stroke, and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely. In "My Stroke of Insight," Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insights gained from her right brain that morning of December 10th. Today Taylor is convinced that the stroke was the best thing that could have happened to her. It has taught her that the feeling of nirvana is never more than a mere thought away. By "stepping to the right of our left brains," we can all uncover the feelings of well-being and peace that are so often sidelined by our own brain chatter. A fascinating journey into the mechanics of the human mind, "My Stroke of Insight" is both a valuable recovery guide for anyone touched by a brain injury, and an emotionally stirring testimony that deep internal peace truly is accessible to anyone, at any time.

    My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
    Jill Bolte Taylor
    No preview available - 2009

  • My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey
    Jill Bolte Taylor
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    As you know I care deeply about our brain and our relationship to it. I care so much about this that I started a not-for-profit called Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS, Inc., as a giving arm of My Stroke of Insight, Inc. (Click to see the front page article in the Herald Times).

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (from MY STROKE OF INSIGHT)

?[T]here is comfort in better grasping what has gone wrong, and enlightenment for those around you when they grasp it too. None of us needs sympathy; what we do need is a helping hand and understanding. Someone like Taylor provides that, helping a terrible blow become far less so.? - Dick Clark, in "Time Magazine" 100 Most Influential People of 2008?Fascinating. . . . Bursts with hope for everyone who is brain-injured (not just stroke patients) and gives medical practitioners clear, no-nonsense information about the shortcomings of conventional treatment and attitudes toward the brain- injured. . . . But to my mind, what makes "My Stroke of Insight" not just valuable but invaluable?a gift to every spiritual seeker and peace activist?is what I would describe as Taylor's fearless mapping of the physiology of compassion, the physiology of Nirvana. This book is about the wonder of being human.? ?Robert Koehler, "Tribune Media Services"