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TED Talk on Stroke

As I rushed to post in our little BLA support group as soon as I could use my computer, this post came up with a TED talk by a woman who had a massive stoke.  She later had surgery to removed a golf ball sized clot in her brain and had 8 years of rehab after her stroke, but as she was having a stroke she was aware of that.  I never knew that when one area of your brain is oxygen deprived because of a stroke, EVERYTHING ELSE is working.  I knew what was happening, what I wasn't able to do, and why.  I recognized my family as they came in, first my mom, then my dad.  I showed people that I knew who they were by pointing and saying "Yes, yes, yes..." over and over again.  It was one of my 3 words I was able to say.  Yes, and thank you.

I loved this video because she talks about drifting from her perfectly functioning right brain, to her damaged but still hanging on left brain.  My very very mild stroke was on the left side of my brain, leaving my speech and right arm impaired.




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