Harvard brain scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor never believed she'd fall victim to the very medical emergency she'd been studying her entire adult life. Dr. Taylor talks with Dr. Oz about her 1996 stroke, which she chronicles in her book My Stroke of Insight, and shares the cautionary signs to look out for.
Dr. Taylor says that when she had her stroke, it was as though she witnessed the experience from outside her body. "I could no longer define the boundaries of where my body ended and where my body began," she says. "It was a fascinating and really beautiful experience for me." By the end of that out-of-body experience, Dr. Taylor could not walk, talk, read or write and had no recollection of her life.
Now recovered, Dr. Taylor shares her story and advises others about how to detect a stroke. "Rarely are you going to have all of the signs of stroke in the same person, but a stroke is an emergency," Dr. Taylor says. "The sooner you get to the hospital, the better the overall prognosis will be."
Dr. Taylor uses the word "stroke" to describe what symptoms to look for in those suffering from a stroke.
S: Speech or any problems with language.
T: Tingling or numbness in the body.
R: Remembering or any immediate problems with thinking.
O: Off-balance or problems with coordination.
K: Killer headache.
E: Eyes or any problem with vision.
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, December 12, 2013