Journalling as Memory-Replacement
“I had a 15-minute short-term memory, like Dory the fish in Finding Nemo,” Lee wrote in a Buzzfeed essay chronicling her experience. “My doctors instructed me to log happenings with timestamps in my Moleskine journal. That, they said, would be my working short-term memory. My memento to my mori.”
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.