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unwavering support offered with seemingly inexhaustible humor and good cheer new friends people she d never have support offered with seemingly inexhaustible humor and good cheer new friends people she d never have but for stroke opportunities to channel all of her significant passion energy and smarts into a new found purpose helping stroke survivors as well as those who love and support them through the emotional challenges of rebuilding a meaningful sense of self post stroke Is Debra happier post stroke In many ways she says yes If she could reel back time and were given the choice would she choose stroke No she tells s in no ncertain terms having a stroke sucks But what we see in this book is
How The Inevitable Changesthe inevitable changes will all experience in one way or another whether changes wrought by illness or brain trauma or accident or simply the changes we all encounter as we grow older and or simply the changes we all encounter as we grow older and aspects of ourselves that at one time felt critical to defining who we are beauty physical stamina mental acuity a daily work routine a spouse a role as parent of young children can be opportunities to embrace a new reality to redefine ourselves to learn and grow in previously nimagined ways and to continue to make a positive difference to the people and purposes that matter most to 2am Thoughts us There s a victim and there s a survivor and it s a true choice she explained A victim doesn t thrive survivors do Whoa Just whoa Identity Theft is a book that hit close to home I am extremely close with a 77 year old stroke survivor and I have witnessed firsthand his physical and emotional struggles and the change in character he hasndergone This book primarily focuses on the transformation of identity that accompanies surviving a stroke It shows s how various social dynamics change and the struggle some stroke survivors go through to come to terms with the loss of their former identity After reading this book I get the feeling that a person s Identity is sort of like a mirror Our personal identity is endlessly changing depending on how we perceive our image in the mirror This perception is based on who or what we see alongside our reflection After surviving a traumatic event the mirror shatters and people lose sight of themselves for a period of time A person s first instinct would be to try and go back to being who they were so they piece the mirror back together only to realize that the reflected image isn t the same Some people lament this loss and try to live life with this fractured image while some people pick p the pieces and try to create something powerful new and even beautiful They bounce forward and grow as people and find joy in living As the author says having a stroke sucks but she always looks for the silver lining in any situation Once during my tenth grade my friends and I had a bicycle race on the way back home I was never any good at racing so I fell behind and at one of the sharp turns I didn t lean into the turn properly So I scraped against one of the cars parked on the side of the road and I was nceremoniously dumped on the bonnet of the car I was dazed with my body was aching in a number of places so I just lay on the bonnet staring at the clouds and then I thought to myself When was the last time I actually looked at the sky I had never really looked at the sky in a long time as I spent most of my time spent indoors reading gaming or studying At that time my friends came back searching for me and after that I never really thought about my reverie again This incident came back to me when I read about Mark Davis a self proclaimed workaholic whose fast paced life came to a halt after he survived his stroke I feel like when life the niverse or whatever sits you down it does it for a reason Mark told me You have a different way of looking at life after everything s said and done Mark s stroke gave him time which he Orders to Kill used to explore his history his beliefs and the way his identity was constructed Most ofs are so busy with our lives that we sometimes forget to appreciate the splendor of nature and the little things in life that often go nnoticed The author acknowledges that although this notion is a clich there is truth in the clich This book would be of immense help to families affected by stroke or any debilitating illness for that matter I hope a lot of people read this book as it also provides a vast nderstanding of what survivors are going through not just physically but financially socially and psychologically as well It is awe inspiring to see the way the author and other survivors have come out of their battle with post stroke life This book has reaffirmed my beli. Pabilities careers and jobs relationships and This is a book full of hope for survivors from stroke or other injuries as well as their families and support networksAll author proceeds from this book will go to Stroke Forwardorg a nonprofit initiative that will support stroke and other survivors and advocate for a human centered approach to health care Identity Theft centers on Debra’s experience her stroke her extraordinary efforts to recover and her journey to redefine herself But she also draws on her skills as a social sc. I think this book was incredible Someone very important to me also has aphasia and also had a stroke very similar to Dr Meyerson s I found this book to be very enlightening in helping me to Dont Read Poetry understand what she is going through Identity Theft is a gift to the world and I recommend it for anyone who hasndergone a major trauma stroke or otherwise and for their caregivers For many stroke survivors they haven t lost their cognitive abilities but suffer from aphasia that hinders their ability to
translate their thoughts into words so many think they have Dr Debratheir thoughts
INTO WORDS SO MANY THINK THEY HAVE DR DEBRAwords so many think they have Dr Debra THIS AND EXAMINES OTHER CHALLENGES WITH A THOUGHTFUL COMPREHENSIVE and examines other challenges with a thoughtful comprehensive at her experience and those of other stroke survivors People expect the difficulty of the long hours of physical therapy but much less has been written about how to deal with the emotional challenges of having your identity snatched from you in an instant Once it became clear to Debra that she could no longer do many of the activities I was excited to read this book because while I have not had a stroke I have personally experienced identity loss due to medical trauma and chronic health problems It s an issue that I don t often see discussed and I think many people could benefit from reading this book The author shares her own story of having multiple strokes and her healing journey as well as sharing other people s stories She also cites relevant studies and provides numerous notes and referencesThe book was very readable encouraging and at times humorous I appreciated how the author shared stories Identity Theft is a great read certainly for any stroke survivor or person close to one but also for anyone trying to find balance and purpose in the face of life altering change The book is Debra Meyerson s deeply compassionate extraordinarily inspiring narrative about coming to terms with who she is how she will live her life and what kind of contribution she now has to offer the world after stroke changed her life as she had known it a scholar deeply engaged in research and teaching aimed at advancing workplace euality an athlete with a passion for skiing sailing running biking hiking a mother of a teenage daughter at home and two sons in college committed to being their rock as they forged their way to adulthood a spouse who imagined a life with her husband predicated on all these abilities and aspirations remaining intact and obtainable for many years to come Eight years post stroke and thousands of hours of rehab later Debra has made serious strides in her physical recovery and just as capably as before she can voice ideas in her head but she still struggles to express them verbally and in writing has little Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia use of her right arm and hand and walks with a limpThis book asks theestion who are we when what we have come to believe are our most valued capacities whether to give a lecture or race down a ski slope as in Debra s case or to play ball with one s young son or to coach marathon runners or to be the handy man around the house the family bread winner a proficient public speaker or an ace project manager as in the case of other stroke survivors profiled in this book have been dramatically diminished or taken away completely by a debilitating event or illness The answer we learn through Debra s inspiring story is the following we can be the person we choose to become in light of what is now possible We can come to nderstand and accept the loss of what was we can connect to what s truly important our values our motivations the people we love and we can work like hell to craft a new life and to construct a concomitant new sense of self that aligns with those commitments What is truly remarkable about this book is that it is not a Pollyanna like treatise on the power of positive thinking though positive thinking is surely an important component of stroke recovery Rather it describes in achingly vivid detail the long road Debra has traveled to reach these realizations and the mix of feelings she s experienced along the way sometimes beleaguered and hopeless sometimes exhilarating often surprising but almost always ltimately Visual Group Theory (MAA Classroom Resource Materials) uplifting Setbacks were many for Debra a second stroke suffered just weeks after the first a less than hoped for recovery of speech despite years of ongoing dogged determination the necessity finally to givep her tenured faculty position at Stanford She explains honestly how to this day she still experiences spurts of anger depression frustration But she also explains and appreciates what she sees as her many gifts a deeply touching greater closene. I dentity Theft follows Stanford professor Debra Meyerson’s journey to recover from a severe stroke that initially left her physically incapacitated and The Experiment (Saving Caeorleia unable to speak In addition to providing realistic expectations for the hard work needed to regain everyday capabilities Meyerson focuses on the less freuently documented emotional journey in recovery Virtually every survivor is haunted byestions like “Who am I now” and “How do I rebuild a meaningful and rewarding life” after losing so much of what they had before ca.
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Ef that all humans have a colossal amount of resilience and adaptability However All That Resilience Is that resilience is in the form of potential It is On Good And Bad up to the person to tap into that reserve and rise from the ashes of their former identities born anew just like a phoenix of legend I thank netgalley for providing me with this ARC 4 stars I Am Debra Meyerson The author triumphantly said or rather sang this statement during speech therapy after she had suffered a stroke that had robbed her of many physical abilities including speech That statement forms the basis for the author s book It is about than just physically recovering after a trauma to the body but just as importantly about recovering or reinventing one s sense of self in the aftermathA former professor of identity issues at Stanford Ms Meyerson approaches her own recovery and the broader field of stroke recovery from the standpoint of a social scientist She wrestles with the realization that she will never be her former self and what she is supposed to do with that disappointment For her the answer is to form a new self one that is characterized by new interests and new satisfactionsMs Meyerson also interviews other stroke survivors about their experience with this identity theft For me those were the most interesting parts of the books along with the author s own story I learn from stories than from academic discussion which forms a great deal of this book I would have preferred for the interviewees to be introduced one by one and the full story of their stroke and recovery told in one place before the author extracted individualotes to back Dexter Sinister up her points It was hard to remember who each person was and I think their experiences would have been memorable for me if their full stories were toldThe author mentions Jill Bolt Taylor s book My Stroke of Insight A Brain Scientist s Personal Journey which is a fantastic read Ms Taylor is a neuroanatomist brain scientist who also suffered a stroke Hers is aniue account in that she knew she was having a stroke and described what was happening in great detail Not surprisingly her approach is centered on the structure of the brain right side and left side abilities and how they were rearranged and how she found fulfillment after her stroke Debra and the survivors in this book are truly inspirational This book includes multiple factors related to stroke recovery It also points out how the values and identity make an impact on the people going through a life journey This is a truly inspiring book about re inventing ourselves after a devastating event such as a stroke But it s so much than that Identity Theft is an honest and vulnerable story about confronting fears and other inner demons head on in order to live fully and freely than ever before It s a must read for anyone seeking inspiration to live life to its fullest Identity Theft refers to the way that a stroke takes away from who you are or who you think you are Suddenly a fit Diary of a Worm uick witted person cannot walk or remember names or may even lose the ability to talk at all and the ability to write freuently goes with that too The long distance runner cannot get to the bathroom The family bread winner cannot go to work The musician can no longerse their hand And it doesn t just affect the person with the stroke it affects the whole familyMeyerson lost a lot both physically and mentally She was an athlete an author and a college level Debra Meyerson s book Identity Theft Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke combines the elements of a memoir textbook and philosophy of life into a must read book for stroke survivors and their families By intertwining her voice with others she leads s through her own recovery with deliberation strength and even humor Identity
Theft Allows The Readerallows the reader share in Meyerson s journey as she redefines herself and her reason for beingIdentity Theft does exactly what Meyerson hopes to do It teaches Through interviews and research the book delves into the physical and psychological battle necessary to recover from stroke It also gives much needed information about the resources and limits of the medical community Clearly stated and outlined the book becomes a valuable tool for those involved or interested in the stroke communityIdentity Theft s many elements deftly raise awareness of stroke and its victims More than that the book teaches the reader a lesson in defining oneself that goes far beyond stroke survival Debra Meyerson s strength and personality resonate Identity Theft is an important book and one that should be read I highly recommend it. Ientist sharing stories from several dozen fellow survivors family members friends colleagues therapists and doctors she has met and interviewed By sharing this diversity of experiences Debra highlights how every person is different every stroke is different and every recovery is different She provides a valuable look at the broad possibilities for successfully navigating the challenging physical recovery and the eually difficult emotional journey toward rebuilding one’s identity and a rewarding life after a trauma like stroke.