Identity Theft follows Stanford professor Debra Meyerson’s journey to recover from a severe stroke. Identity Theft provides a valuable look at the broad possibilities for successfully navigating the challenging physical recovery and equally difficult emotional journey toward rebuilding one’s identity and a rewarding life after a trauma like stroke.
Identity Theft is a book full of hope for survivors that centers on Debra’s experience: her stroke, her extraordinary efforts to recover, and her journey to redefine herself. Deb draws on her skills as a social scientist, sharing stories from fellow survivors, family members, friends, colleagues, therapists, and doctors.
Debra Meyerson and Steve Zuckerman have created Stroke Onward, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to provide survivors, families and caregivers with more resources to help them navigate the journey to rebuild their identities and rewarding lives.
"What sets this book apart ... is its focus on stroke survivors' emotional journeys ... An encouraging story of personal growth after a life-altering medical event."
“Identity Theft is the most powerful book I’ve read on the psychological experience of having and recovering from a stroke. This is a moving memoir—and a testament to the strength of the human spirit.”
“Identity Theft is a must read for stroke survivors, their families, and stroke professionals. Using her story and those of others, Debra writes with humor and pragmatism about embracing and thriving in new identities after stroke.”
“Identity Theft will provoke thoughts, ideas, and paths to growth for anyone wrestling with identity in the face of life changes. Even while struggling with the aftermath of her stroke, Debra found a way to create this gift to others.”