Jean-Dominique Bauby


Born
in Paris, France
April 23, 1952

Died
March 09, 1997


Jean-Dominique Bauby was a well-known French journalist and author and editor of the French fashion magazine, ELLE.
On December 8, 1995 at the age of 43, Bauby suffered a massive stroke. When he woke up twenty days later, he found he was entirely speechless; he could only blink his left eyelid. This rare condition is called Locked-in Syndrome, a condition wherein the mental faculties are intact but the entire body is paralyzed. Bauby also lost 60 pounds in the first 20 weeks after his stroke.
Despite his condition, he wrote the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was reached by a person slowly reciting the alphabet over and over again. Bauby had to compose and edit the book entirely in his head, and conv
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“I need to feel strongly, to love and admire, just as desperately as I need to breathe.”
Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

“The memory of that event has only just come back to me, now doubly painful: regret for a vanished past and, above all, remorse for lost opportunities. Mithra-Grandchamp is the women we were unable to love, the chances we failed to seize, the moments of happiness we allowed to drift away. Today it seems to me that my whole life was nothing but a string of those small near misses: a race whose result we know beforehand but in which we fail to bet on the winner.”
Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

“If I must drool, I may as well drool on cashmere.”
Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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