Have you heard about stroke survivor Jill Bolte Taylor?
She’s a neuroanatomist/brain scientist/brain researcher (pretty much an expert on all things BRAIN) who got to study her own stroke as it happened.
And it provided her with powerful insight that she devoted her career to sharing.
So if you haven’t watched her TedTalk yet, watch it here – it’s inspirational.
And if you haven’t read her book yet, My Stroke of Insight, find it here – it’s even better.
In that book, Dr. Taylor lists 40 things that she needed during her recovery – and we found them powerful lessons that everyone should know; caregivers, friends, family, and general public alike.
The first 8 topics on this last came from her. After this article was published, it quickly became one of our most popular. So we have updated it with the rest!
1. Be as patient with me the twentieth time you teach me something as you were the first.
Stroke recovery means relearning everything for the first time again.
If a child cannot repeat the alphabet from memory after the first try, you wouldn’t grow impatient. You’d be understanding because it’s his/her first time.
The same things applies to stroke recovery.
Stroke survivors are relearning everything as if it’s the first time.
So be patient, compassionate, and caring.
2. I am not stupid, I am wounded. Please respect me.
Stroke does not affect someone’s intelligence.
A survivor may take longer to find the right words, but they’re the same smart person inside.
Every stroke survivor is worthy of respect – period.