Neuroscientist Explains How A Recent Near Death Experience Changed Her Life

“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.” — Jill Bolte Taylor

Strokes are terrifying things that lots of people in this world go through. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist experienced a stroke and because of her experience we now know lots more. She has managed to do so much in her time here on this planet and will continue to do so for as long as she possibly can.

Taylor is someone who speaks out about her near-death experience all the time. She even went so far as to write a book about what she learned from it. You see, Taylor suffered a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain back in 1996.

When this happened she could not walk, talk, write, read, or recall anything at all. It took Taylor eight whole years to get her life back completely. Her book as mentioned above was titled ‘My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.’ Taylor gave a TED presentation that even now has people questioning things and breaking the mold.

According to her website, her TED presentation is actually one of the top 5 most viewed of all times. Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened and has become quite a powerful and amazing voice for brain recovery in general. She has managed to get through something most people would never be able to imagine. It is amazing that she lived through the stroke in itself.

Taylor remained conscious through her whole ordeal and can recall her experience as if it were just yesterday. According to Taylor the sensation she got from her stroke was like nothing she had ever experienced before. She was not alarmed but she did notice it. She told Oprah that when going to get in the shower the day of her stroke she “looked at my arm, and I realized I could no longer define the boundaries of where I began and where I ended. What were the atoms and molecules of my arm versus the atoms and molecules of the wall? … Everything was blended together as one.” Sound’s a bit terrifying now, doesn’t it?

What do you think about all of this? The things she says in this video will have you blown away, to say the least.

 

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