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One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing

7 minutes
Famed author Diane Ackerman shares the trials and tribulations of her husband’s debilitating stroke and the power of their love in overcoming it.

When Diane Ackerman’s husband, an internationally renowned writer like herself, suffered his second stroke in 2003, neither of them knew that it would reduce his neural radar to the slightest shadow of what it once was. In tracing the details of his recovery, Ackerman set out to uncover some of the brain’s inner mysteries. In the end, she found a new beginning and hope for those who see the body as the border between life and nothingness.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Want to hear a real-life story that’s every bit as emotional as ‘The Notebook’
  • Have had a stroke or know someone who has
  • Want a deeper understanding of the brain and the delicate balance of its functioning
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