Sarah Nickerson was one of those “supermoms” that it seems like every single magazine like People and Cosmopolitan are lauding these days—she is a hard-working mother of three that somehow manages to fit 25 hours of work into each 24-hour day; truly, she is super. Before her crash, each day began with the stirrings of a child, the piercing tone of the alarm clock being a distant memory. Once awoken, however, Sarah is the epitome of efficiency. Caring for three feral children who seem intent on sabotaging their own lives and working a job that routinely requires over sixty hours a week (comparable to doctors) would seem impossible for most people—but not Sarah. In fact, she flourishes. Legendary multitasking skills and a drive for nothing less than the best characterize Sarah, but unfortunately, that sort of efficiency requires one fully functioning brain.
After her accident (which was caused by her multitasking), Sarah was no longer a supermom in the ways she was before. She finds herself one hundred percent dependent on others for her survival—a fairly drastic change from how she was living before. Not only is she now unable to do her job, but she even unable to prepare to go to her job; getting dressed, making food, and driving to Berkley are all impos...
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... move (albeit not without wearing herself out). After some time, it was clear that she would likely never be the same, so Sarah’s focus switched from recovering her lost half to learning to live with it. For Sarah and her family, this proved to be a huge struggle. Many activities that she enjoyed before were now impossible or extremely difficult for her to do, but her brain adapted. Snowboarding, reading, and even walking were all distant goals for her when she first woke up, but her hard work paid off and her brain rewarded her for it. The stories about people who have recovered function after hemispherectomies make me think that, if she put in the effort (and I have no doubt she would), Sarah could eventually regain most of what she lost.
In Left Neglected, Sarah Nickerson’s life was completely changed after a car crash stole use of her left half from her.
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