Debra Meyerson

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In 2010, when I was a professor at Stanford, I suffered a severe stroke. I lost all movement of my right arm and leg; even worse, I lost all ability to communicate.

While I won my struggle to survive, much of my identity – as a Stanford professor, a speaker and writer, an athlete, a mother and a wife – was taken from me. My mind was working but I was trapped inside a broken body, unable to do what I used to do. And maybe even worse, I couldn't tell anyone what I was experiencing.

With hard work and a lot of help I regained enough mobility to again be independent, and have recovered some ability to speak. But I have come to accept that I will never again have all the capabilities I once had.

I'm still slowly recovering more of my abilities a
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Life Feels a Bit Like a Seesaw

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Life has been busy. Lots of good stuff. Also some down times. I talk in Identity Theft about how much it helps to “look forward not back”, but also how it’s really hard NOT to look back from time to time. Right now, I’m on a sailing vacation with Steve, my mom, my good friend Lizzie (husband Brian couldn’t join us - we miss you Brian), and our friends from... Read more of this blog post »
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“Since so much of our identity is constructed through our social relationships, which rely so heavily on language, aphasia can obliterate that feeling of belonging”
Debra Meyerson, Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke

“I have accomplished nothing in the last four and a half years," he lamented - a statement that is only accurate when measured against the yardstick of his former life.”
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