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This particular “Worth Reading” story really has nothing to do with business, bbut I want to recommend it to you anyway.

It is by Kara Swisher, the technology writer and New York Times columnist, who did a piece the other day prompted by the death of actor Luke Perry, who was only 52 when he had a stroke that killed him.

Swisher had one, too. When she was 49. She happened to be in Hong kong, getting ready to run a conference at which people like Jack Ma (of Alibaba) and Al Gore (of the internet) were speaking.

And she may only have survived because when she texted her brother, a doctor, about not feeling well, he immediately recognized the symptoms, called her up and said, “Get to a hospital now. You’re having a stroke.”

Swisher writes, “That’s because when it comes to strokes, time is critical. You have to get the blood flowing back to the part of the brain that is not getting it.

“So I listened, for once, sidelining the obstreperous little sister, and took a car to get an emergency M.R.I.

“There it was on the screen: evidence of a transient ischemic attack, often called a mini-stroke.”

The doctors at the hospital were clear. If she’d ignored the symptoms, she might have been permanently incapacitated. She might have died.

It is a thoughtful piece, I think … and not just because I have two friends who suffered strokes at young ages, one in his late forties and one in his late fifties. One got through it without any problem, but the other saw his life change forever.

It sounds like Swisher’s life changed forever, too, even though she suffered no long-term effects. She quotes the Buddhist teacher Frank Ostaseski, who once said that death is “a secret teacher hiding in plain sight.”

I recommend this column highly, and you can read it here.
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