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

by Jill Bolte Taylor - £9.99  Hodder and Stoughton (2009)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780340980507 | ISBN 10: 0340980508

Jill Bolte Taylor experienced a massive stroke aged 37 when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A brain scientist by profession, she was in the rare position of being able to observe 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 left side of her brain swung in and out of function, she found herself experiencing two distinct and opposite realities: the euphoric nirvana of the intuitive right brain which gave her a feeling of complete wellbeing and peace, as well as the logical, sequential left brain, which recognised 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 powerful 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, but she has now completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insights she gained from her right brain during the stroke.
 
Now she in 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 from the left brain clutter which so often sidelines us.
 
A fascinating journey into the mechanics of the human mind, My Stroke of Insight is both a valuable recovery guide for anyone touched by brain injury and an emotionally stirring testimony that deep internal peace truly is accessible to anyone at any time.

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