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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WOOF: 50 Women Over 50 - Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

In 1996, Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor herself experienced a brain hemorrhage so severe that, it would take her eight years to completely recover.

In her best-selling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (Viking Penquin), Dr. Jill shares her medical recommendations for recovery from stroke. But perhaps more poignantly, she opens up about the loss of left-brain skills and the resulting shifting away from “reality.” And how in that place, without being able to do such things as categorize, organize or judge, she discovered living in the moment and being “at one with the universe.”

Time Magazine chose her as one of 2008’s most influential people in the world. And rightfully so. Perhaps this taken from her website says it best: “Based upon her academic training and personal experience, Jill helps others not only rebuild their brains from trauma, but helps those of us with normal brains better understand how we can ‘tend the garden of our minds’ to maximize our quality of life. She pushes the envelope in our understanding about how we can consciously influence the neural circuitry underlying what we think, how we feel, and how we react to life’s circumstances.”

Though it’s not quite the recognition given by Time, this week’s Wednesday WOOFer Award goes to Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor for opening all of our minds to new thoughts and possibilities!
pictured above with her mother who was by her side throughout her recovery


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