“Very interesting re: Left brain/right brain functionality and how the author chooses to lead her life following a major stroke and rehab. Interesting parallels for society and the current Western (left brain) dominance.”Alan Stenhouse wrote this review Sunday, November 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is enlightening and educational especially to those of us who do not consider ourselves terribly scientific-minded. Dr. Taylor does her best to make her brain analysis as user-friendly as possible. Chapter two was a bit over my head at first but I kept up with it and I'm glad I did. Chapter three was a bit technical but not as over my head. My advice to readers is to not skip these chapters or, if you do, go back to them. They're worth it. I have a whole new insight into how the brain works and what is under an individual's control. I will now resolve to send my brain to Harvard--after I'm finished using it of course!”Susie Peyton wrote this review Tuesday, November 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In ‘My Stroke of Insight’ Jill Taylor, a neuroscientist with a PhD, details from a scientific as well as a personal point of view what it was like to have a massive stroke. Her particular stroke destroyed part of the left side (speech and logical thinking) of her brain. Before her stroke at age 37, she was at a high point of her career and she would have known all about what was happening to her. She wrote the book after her painfully difficult recovery which took eight years.
She was lucky to have professional friends and family who helped her through an almost super-human effort following her stroke. It’s important to realize the difficulty of rehabilitation following a stroke.
After a few years of primary progressive MS my symptoms were stroke-like. My left side of my body was extremely week. I struggled to walk with a cane and a leg brace. My Doctor sent me to a state-of-the-art stroke rehabilitation program for two intensive weeks. It was multi-disciplinary, it was comprehensive, and it was exhausting. Imagine trying to make your earlobes bend. That’s what it seems like you’re up against when you try to find new pathways in your brain. I have enormous respect for what Jill Taylor has accomplished. Few people could do it.
Jill Taylor has managed to recover much of her pre-stroke former brilliance. It is inspiring and informative to learn what she went through. I have a few problems with her writing style and with some of her insights. But, they are minor compared with the book as a whole.
“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.
Basically, a blood vessel exploded in her brain.
It would take her eight years to fully recover.
But recover she did.
The story is a testimony to "brain's remarkable resiliency and one woman's determination to regain her faculties and recount her experience for the benefit of others."
Although most of us aren't brain physicists, all could profit from this read....patient, family, medical practitioner, interested layman.
She enlightens us on the functions of right and left hemispheres and relates what happens physically and personally
(in her case) when the brain suffers an injury.
Her approach is holistic and one of hope and encouragement.
Her message extends beyond the stroke and recovery into transformational directives for the "whole" person.
The author narrates this autobiographical account.
Catchy title, isn't it.
(2009) ★ ★ ★ ★”
“Finally read this book that I bought several years ago, sadly because my mother suffered a stroke.
The author has infinite credibility as a neuro-scientist who suffered a debilitating brain hemorrhage. The science is light and the description of the stroke experience as well as the road of her recovery are very personal and touching.
For us the most valuable part of the book was the summary of tips for relatives of stroke sufferers at the end of the book "Forty things I needed most". If for nothing else, this appendix to the book is worth the investment.”
“What an awesome woman!”Mrs. Peters wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent insight to how the brain works, right and left side and the reader is almost able to experience the stroke as the 37year old brain scientist has it.”Barbara B. Connolly wrote this review Friday, July 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The author was a neuroanatomist, i.e., brain scientist, who at age of 37 (in 1996) suffered a massive stroke on the left side of her brain. This book is her experience, beginning with her fascinating account of the first few hours of the stroke, through to her full recovery almost a decade later. Her big stroke of insight? Without a fully-functioning left hemisphere, Taylor to her surprise, discovered the power of her intuitive and kinesthetic right brain; and a place of well-being and peace. "Peace is only a thought away (in our right mind), and all we have to do to access it is silence the voice of our dominating left mind." This book not only speaks to the need for more "right mind", it also offers much practical advice for caregivers and supporters of people who have suffered stroke, and the attitudes, and things to do, to aid stroke victim recovery. ”Ben Ziegler wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good nonfiction text for Common Core. Would recommend for anatomy classes. Good look into strokes and how to get treatment asap...the signs and symptoms are made clearer since author relates them to her own brain activity! ”Angela W wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No