My Stroke of Insight
The irony and appeal of this book is that the author, Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained brain scientist who suffered a massive stroke at the age of 37 and survived. As a neuroanatomist by profession, Taylor realizes she is having a stroke when it occurs and is able to experience her brain injury and recovery from a patient's and Dr.'s perspective. She provides the reader with first person narrative of her experience in the ICU, her experience with rehab doctor and nurses, and her long journey of relearning to walk, to speak, to read, and to communicate, and to live.
Taylor explains the anatomical elements of a brain injury in practical layman's terms but also shares the mystical and powerful lessons she discovered along the way.