Time Out Of Mind by Jane Lapotaire
"Who are you when your brain is not you?" Jane Lapotaire is one of the lucky ones. Many people do not survive, let alone live intelligently and well again once they have suffered cerebral haemorrhage. In the long haul back to life - "nearly dying was the easy bit" - she's learned much, some of it in very hard lessons. Some friendships became casualties; family relations had to be redefined; and her work as an actress took a severe battering. The stress of living is felt that much more keenly when "sometimes I still feel as if I am walking around with my brain outside my body. A brain still all too available for smashing by noise, physical jostling, or any form of harshness". But she has survived and now believes it herself when people say how lucky she is. This is a book about what happens when the "you" you've known all your life is no longer the same.