A Brain Scientist's Insight
During the entire ordeal, Jill remained conscious. She wrote a detailed account of the day of her stroke and the subsequent years of recovery in the book My Stroke of Insight. An Internet video of her telling her story at the annual TED (Technology Entertainment Design) Conference became an Internet sensation. She has been interviewed for Oprah's Soul Series and on Dr. Oz's Oprah Radio show, and was the subject of an article in O, The Oprah Magazine.
At the moment of her stroke, Jill says she lost everything. "I was just an infant in a woman's body. I could not walk, talk, read, write. No recollection of my life. No recollection of anything. No identification with anything in the external world," she says. "It wasn't necessarily a bad experience either."