Being able to speak and write were central to Debra Meyerson’s career as a tenured professor at Stanford University, where her work revolved around diversity, gender, identity and organizational change. But when she suffered a severe stroke that nearly killed her, the career by which Debra defined herself was gone – cut short by her stroke. Jana talks with Debra and her son Danny Zuckerman, co-authors of the new book, “Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke,” an account of Debra’s extraordinary efforts to recover and her journey to redefine herself after her traumatic event. “Identity Theft” also includes stories of fellow stroke survivors and highlights the emotional journey in recovery and what family members and partners go through. The authors share how their family’s lives changed as a result of Debra’s stroke and talk about the hard work needed to regain everyday capabilities. All proceeds from the sale of “Identity Theft” will be used to fund a new nonprofit initiative called Stroke Forward.
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