The Valedictorian Of Being Dead

Apr 24, 2019

We’re talking to pioneering blogger Heather Armstrong about the ten times her doctors made her brain dead. It was a clinical trial to flatline the brain as a treatment for severe depression.

Wednesday, we’re talking to pioneering blogger Heather Armstrong about the ten times her doctors made her brain dead. Armstrong had dealt with depression her whole life, but in 2016, she was facing a particularly dark period that normal treatment wasn’t helping. So, when she learned about a clinical trial to flatline the brain, she was ready to take the risk. The idea is to “reboot” the system, and in a new memoir, she tells the story of how she died in order to live.

Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., Heather Armstrong will give a talk at The King’s English Bookshop at 1511 S 1500 E in Salt Lake City. She’ll be joined by the University of Utah Hospital’s Dr. Scott Tadler, who was lead anesthesiologist on her treatment team.

Armstrong is the creator and writer of dooce.com, a popular mommy blog. Her new book is called The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]