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40 Things Jill Bolte Taylor Needed Most After Her Stroke
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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