A Stitch of Time: The Year a Brain Injury Changed My Language and Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Lauren Marks was 27 when an aneurysm ruptured in her brain and left her fighting for her life. She woke up in a hospital soon after with serious deficiencies to her reading, speaking, and writing abilities, and an unfamiliar diagnosis: aphasia. This would be shocking news for anyone, but Lauren was a voracious reader, an actress, director, dramaturg, and pursuing her PhD. At any other period of her life, this diagnosis would have been a devastating blow. But she woke up...different. She returned to her childhood home to recover, grappling with a muted inner monologue and fractured sense of self.
Soon after, Lauren began a journal to chronicle her year following the rupture. A Stitch of Time is the remarkable result, an Oliver Sacks-like case study of a brain slowly piecing itself back together, featuring clinical research interwoven with Lauren's personal narrative and actual journal entries that marked her progress. Alternating between fascination and frustration, she relearns and re-experiences many of the things we take for granted. Deeply personal and powerful, A Stitch of Time is an unforgettable journey of self-discovery, resilience, and hope.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 24 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 02, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #190,077 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#406 in Biographies of Medical Professionals (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,003 in Neuroscience (Books)
#1,863 in Physical Illness & Disease
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For an example of her insight, "We use words to describe ourselves to others, but also to describe ourselves to our ourselves." Wow - so true but I had never thought about it.
She's also funny. It's impressive how she kept her sense of humor like when she told her neurosurgeon, "well I'll give you a piece of my mind." Or when she asked herself if she would actually let a university rivalry inform her choice of a neurosurgeon," I thought that this book would be more suited to someone who had gone through something similar to what Lauren had but really, it's just a damn good memoir for anyone to read.
On an intellectual level, I didn’t know much about aphasia. I sort of “knew” that it was stroke-related and had something to do with difficulty with speaking and maybe understanding spoken words. From Lauren’s book I’ve learned that it is much more than that. I was moved by her description of the “Quiet” zone she lived in after the rupture, her lack of concern for the past or the future, her feeling contented with the “now” in which she was living, her impaired memory and her failure to notice in the beginning that people important to her were not present (her brother, her boyfriend). Her journey of learning about who she was, and learning to be who she was becoming, was a very interesting read.
The most interesting thing in her account is the change in her personality. Her boyfriend expects her to return to the girl she was, but that woman is gone forever. She is a new creation and struggles to learn who she has become.
A fascinating account of how the brain works, and what it is like when it doesn't.