Jill Bolte is a neuroanatomist, who specializes in the postmortem investigation of the human brain.

On December 10, 1996, she woke up to discover that she was experiencing a rare form of stroke, an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Three weeks late she underwent major brain surgery to remove a golf ball-sized clot that was placing pressure on the language centers in the left hemisphere of her brain.

In the talk below, at the February 2008 TED Conference, Jill discusses her memory of the stroke.  Her amazing recovery can be a inspiration to us all.

Which authors, scholars, leaders, outside your family or someone you personally knew, have inspired you the most?

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