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Posted: Fri 08/10/2012 08:00 AM
By Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
I grew up to study the brain because I have a brother who has been diagnosed with the brain disorder, schizophrenia. I wanted to understand why my brother experienced hallucinations and delusions and why I did not. What was different about the neurocircuitry in my brother's brain? My research specialty, in the Lab for Structural Neuroscience at the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, was the postmortem investigation of the brain as it related to the severe mental illnesses. At the same time, I served on the national board of directors of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
But as irony would have it, I woke up one morning to discover that I had a brain disorder. At the age of 37, a blood vessel exploded in the left half of my brain and over the course of four hours I watched my brain completely deteriorate in its ability to process all information. On the afternoon of the stroke, I could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of my life. I became an infant in a woman's body. I didn't even know what a mother was, much less who my mother was.
Posted: Thu 08/09/2012 09:00 AM
In this excerpt from her book, My Stroke of Insight, Jill recounts 40 things people should understand when in the company of a stroke victim. They may not only help you nurse a loved one back to health—they may change your entire perspective on life.
Read the excerpt, then watch Oprah's interview with Jill at 11 a.m. ET/PT this Sunday on OWN, Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV and Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
1. I am not stupid, I am wounded. Please respect me.
2. Come close, speak slowly, and enunciate clearly.
3. Repeat yourself—assume I know nothing and start from the beginning, over and over.
4. Be as patient with me the 20th time you teach me something, as you were the first.
5. Approach me with an open heart and slow your energy down. Take your time.
6. Be aware of what your body language and facial expressions are communicating to me.
7. Make eye contact with me. I am in here—come find me. Encourage me.
8. Please don't raise your voice—I'm not deaf, I'm wounded.
9. Touch me appropriately and connect with me.
10. Honor the healing power of sleep.
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Posted: Tue 08/07/2012 08:00 AM
When Harvard brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a stroke in 1996, she lost her language, memories and ability to think about the future. What she gained was an entirely new perspective on life. Watch this clip from Oprah's Lifeclass where she shares a lesson that changed Oprah's life.
Then, watch Oprah's interview with Jill at 11 a.m. ET/PT this Sunday on OWN, Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV and Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday. It's a conversation you won't want to miss.
Posted: Mon 08/06/2012 08:00 AM
When brain scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor suffered from a massive stroke, she couldn't walk, talk or remember her own name. This Sunday, she tells Oprah about how she turned this life-changing experience into an awakening.
Posted: Fri 08/03/2012 08:00 AM
Oprah says it's one of the most magical places she's ever been to—David Copperfield's private island in the Bahamas. Take in the scenery and find a little magic in your life today.