For our quick-cut Saturday pieces, one of the other moderators asked me (quite reasonably) to write a few words about her recovery, since I am a brain scientist by trade.
I was initially very reluctant to do so, because I am afraid of crossing a line into prurient interest. I would submit that when she sustained a massive brain injury from a gunman’s bullet, she vacated the realm of a public figure whose life should be laid bare because of a “right to know.”
Now I believe she has become a private person who, like the 360,000 brave soldiers who sustained brain injuries in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or the estimated five million Americans who have suffered head injuries from falls, automobile accidents, or sports, deserve their privacy as they begin the long and difficult journey into the light.
So, I’m kicking off a meta-discussion. We may get around to the details (at least, what is known) about her recovery, but before we do that: should we be discussing this at all?