Christine Hyung-Oak Lee had a stroke at the age of 33, and it severely affected her short-term memory. She was unable to plan for her future, while also being unable to remember her past. Her stroke contributed to the failure of her marriage, and caused a lot of pain and depression. Lee was able to begin to put her life back together by reading her own old journals.
- On New Year’s Eve, 2006, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee developed a splitting headache. She was 33, and her world turned upside down — as in, she literally saw the world upside down.
- You don’t even fathom the magnitude of your loss — or at least I didn’t. I couldn’t plan for the future. I couldn’t think of the past. I had no regrets. So it’s literally living in the moment.
- It was frustrating. On the one hand, you want people to know: Hey, slow down for me. Hey, I’m going through a crisis. On the other hand, I was also privileged to be disabled in a way that wasn’t visible.
“Lee used those journals to reconstruct her experience in a new memoir called Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember. She talks with NPR’s Scott Simon about the silver linings of memory loss and the unexpected grief that came with her recovery.”