I’m Debra Meyerson, a stroke survivor. At age 53 I nearly lost my life, and did lose my speech, use of my right arm, and my professorship at Stanford. I began to ask, “Who am I now?” I’m here to talk about the psychological and emotional journey o...
Hi All! I'm Debra Meyerson, a stroke survivor that is thrilled to be alive after a massive stroke in 2010. I want to share what I have learned over the last 9 years about the often forgotten emotional and psychological piece of recovering from traumatic injury such as stroke. My story is about stroke, but these lessons apply to other traumatic injury, life threatening illness, or even just adjusting to retirement or old age.
In 2010, I was a Stanford Professor, athlete, and mother to three. Then I had two strokes that nearly killed me and left me, even after three years of almost full time therapy, with significant speech and physical disabilities. Since then my life has been very different! I read every book I could get my hands on about how to physically recover from stroke. But none of them helped me understand how to cope with the emotional issues associated with my reduced capabilities. I didn't know who I was after my personal and professional life was so thoroughly upended.
I wrote Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke to help those who have suffered from stroke handle the emotional trauma more gracefully. AMA!
NOTE: All proceeds from my book go to the nonprofit: https://www.strokefwd.org/
NOTE2: My son Adam will be helping with this AMA due to my disabilities.
Edit: starting at 3 PST. See you soon!
Edit2: This has been amazing! So many fantastic questions! I'm taking a 30 minute break, but keep the questions coming and I'll get to them shortly.
Edit3: Thanks everybody! This was such a great experience. Feel free to DM me if you have any more questions. Signing off now.
Edit4: Great to see more engagement! I'm back on and will answer some questions that came in overnight. Keep it coming!