Taylor was experiencing a rare type of hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke caused
by a malformed connection -- called an arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
-- between an artery and a vein in her brain.
The bleeding flooded parts of Taylor's brain involved with movement, speech,
physical boundaries, and senses. As a result, the concept of calling "911" was
lost to her.
Taylor struggled to remember her work phone number, scrawling the numbers on
paper. She writes that the numbers looked like "squiggles," which she matched
to the squiggles on her phone.
A co-worker answered, recognized Taylor's voice from her groans, rushed
over, and got her to a hospital.
After being in the hospital for five days for her stroke, Taylor later had
surgery to correct her AVM. The surgery was a success -- but that was just the
beginning of a stroke recovery that took eight years.