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I was one of the smartest women in the country — then a stroke hit

Debra Meyerson was on her way to a vacation in Lake Tahoe eight-and-a-half years ago when she felt a tingling in her right leg. The Stanford University professor chalked it up to sitting in a car for four hours, but then she developed a bad headache. Both turned out to be early symptoms of a near-fatal stroke, caused by a blockage in her left carotid artery. “Sitting in the emergency room that afternoon, I seemed relatively stable,” the now-61-year-old writes in her new memoir, “Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke” (Andrews McMeel Publishing). “I was concerned I might miss the start of the fall class I was supposed to teach at Stanford in a couple of weeks.” But the ensuing hours and days brought what the ...