A Must Read!


MandyLamb.jpgWritten by: Mandy Lamb, OTA Student, KU Jacksonville

Recently I read, “My Stroke of Insight” and I think is a must-read for any person planning a career in nursing or occupational therapy assisting, or anyone who has a loved one with a brain injury.

My brief summary: When Harvard Medical School Neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor woke up to her alarm on December 10, 1996, she was having a stroke. Dr. Taylor had a rare congenital arteriovenous malformation in her brain. It ruptured when she was 37 years old. Within 4 hours, she was unable to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any aspects of her life. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journal is Dr. Taylor’s account of the step by step deterioration of her cognitive abilities, as viewed through the eyes of a scientist!

The severe hemorrhage in her brain resulted in a golf-ball-sized blood clot. The recovery of her physical and mental function took 8 years. Dr. Taylor’s experiences as a scientist, survivor, patient, and teacher give her story a scope of knowledge and understanding that is completely unique.


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