My Stroke of Insight

my stroke of insight

The book begins with a heart breaking story, the story of a young scientist dedicated to understand the secrets of human brain because of a brother with mental health problems. She was so involved in her cause that she was actively looking for actual human brains: human brains from people with mental health problems to analyze the brain tissue in her lab to be able better understand the problem at the organ, tissue, neurochemical and even molecular level. She was driven by her desire to better understand the human brain to be able to help her brother and other people like her brother. She was willing to do anything and everything to be able to better understand the human brain.
Her prayers were answered. God had a bigger plan for her. He wanted to bless her and the scientific community with a better idea to reveal more about the human brain than that could be obtained by just cutting open human brains. He wanted her to live it and experience it herself.
It makes you realize that only your own body and your own mind has the unique ability to know what is happening with you. No matter how advanced the technology used to do the scan, no medical scan can obtain the most important clue to the correct diagnosis. The most important piece of information that helps to make the correct diagnosis is what the patient actually tells the doctor. Only the patient's body has the ability to tell the patient about what is going on inside the patient's body by making the patient feel pain, discomfort and other symptoms in a unique way. Normally, the doctor tries to explore these clues by asking the patient very detailed questions about the symptoms to try to find out what is happening inside the patient's body. Now, what happens when the patient herself is a medical scientist specializing in the study of human brain and something actually happens to her brain?
That is exactly what happened to Dr. Jill. She woke up one day with a blood vessel in her brain ruptured. She was diagnosed with a type of stroke that could have easily killed her. Instead, she struggled with it for a long time and in the end came out of it stronger and more enlightened than before. She gained the type of knowledge from this experience that she could not have been able to obtain by cutting open dead brains. With her interesting and easy to understand writing style, she has been very successful in sharing this knowledge with her readers. This is a rare opportunity for all of us to better understand the most important organ of our body- our brain.