Though others often confided in me, I myself rarely dared to return such vulnerability. But once I did, the world of writing opened up to me.

LEARNING TO FALL is a full-length memoir that at its heart, is about what happens when a doctor, on finding his marriage crumbling, must decide whether to stay hidden behind the image of a flawless superhero or begin entrusting others with his deepest vulnerabilities—what is lost and what is gained. A friendship and the climb of a lifetime would offer a path to reconciliation.

“Terrifying, tender, heartbreaking, and, above all, honest.” - A Reader

Fletcher Taylor, MD, MFA
Writer, Doctor, Researcher, Climber

My aim is to share the kind of stories that allow for a more compassionate view of our sublimely imperfect selves. I hope this will nudge others to doing the same, so that we can all deepen our connection with each other and with every living thing on earth.



Modern medicine relies heavily on evaluation, categorization/diagnosis, often followed by a prescription. But in the words of William Bruce Cameron, “Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted,” a reminder that we are much more than a checklist of symptoms. It is the stories we tell that enable us to really know each other.


I have discovered new treatments for PTSD and learning disabilities that have improved the lives of people all over the world.


The meditation of movement over stone is its own medicine and helps me stay sane in an insane world. It has been my heart path for learning to trust others with my vulnerabilities and with my life.