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TED Talk: Jill Bolte Taylor

One of the most-viewed TED talks is by Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain researcher who watched herself have a major stroke. The miracle is that she lived and recovered (thanks in great part to her mother’s unceasing love and work). She can discuss what it feels like to switch between the right brain and left brain functions.

This woman is smart, well-spoken, and an amazing performer. She will keep you enraptured through her 20 minutes. Highly recommended.

If clicking the photo doesn’t work, click this link to go to the TED page with her speech.

Here is the text from TED’s website:

About this talk
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

About Jill Bolte Taylor
Brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor studied her own stroke as it happened — and has become a powerful voice for brain recovery.

6 Responses to “TED Talk: Jill Bolte Taylor”

  1. kathy b Says:


  2. Ottergal Says:

    Another amazing woman:

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for that link, I enjoyed reading her blog.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Wow, is right. And then some. So glad she made it so far, and can share the story so clearly.

    Grateful to her mother who nursed her back to health over years. Only mothers don’t give up on some things…

  5. Trish Bloom Says:

    I read her book a while back. Truly astonishing.

    While I didn’t experience anything nearly as devastating as she did, I find stories about the brain’s ability to heal itself very interesting. I’m not sure you if you know this about me, but I had a brain aneurysm burst (when I was 2 weeks pregnant) and a 7 hour surgery to repair the artery. I was lucky in SO many ways, considering how the whole thing played out, but I survived nearly unscathed, and so did my pregnancy. 

    Dr. Taylor is an incredible, strong, woman, to say the least

  6. LynnH Says:

    Trish, I had no idea you’d gone through that. I had a young friend in town who also had an aneurism and was touch-and-go there for a while maybe 10 years ago. He’s the same guy but not as quick to reply as he once was. Since he’s basically mellow, it all worked out wonderfully.

    Being alive is the best, truly! Glad you made it so I could meet you and you could have a good life now…


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