Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Today's post is not a political piece: it is a theatre review of a remarkable one woman show. Here's the scoop: a few years ago, Diane Barnes, MD, San Rafael, California, was working comfortably as a radiologist until, suddenly and unpredictably, she suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm. Although she sustained considerable damage to speech, she eventually recovered without paralysis and regained linguistic competence. The show dramatizes her story and at the same time provides astonishing insight into neurological recovery, e.g., how at one time while fighting her way through dysphasic speech she'd find herself thinking she was speaking while instead she was uttering gibberish ("word salad," in technical neurological speak). She was able to return to radiology but in due course found she had thespian talent. The show depicts her transference to her new life. She'll appear through December 9, 2017, at The Marsh, 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco (tickets are available via or 415-282-3055). 

UPDATE: The run for Diane Barnes' show, My Stroke of Luck,  has been extended: same place, same time, shows will resume 1/4 to 2/3 Thurs 8 PM, Sat 5 PM and Sun 1/21 and 1/28 at 2 PM. Don't miss it especially if you're involved in neuroscience either as a clinician or researcher. 

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