They said I was supposed to die. On 10/31/2016 I suffered a sub arachnoid hemorrhage right behind my eyes. On top of that, I apparently had a grand mal seizure as well. I don't remember much though I do remember having the worst headaches I had ever experienced for three or four days before it happened. I went down in the shower that morning and my wife (Sarah) found me with the curtain hanging over me. Thank God she heard me. She called the first responder in our little town and he raced to get the truck. He put me on oxygen and called the ambulance. I ended up being life flighted to a hospital in Tulsa and they did coil surgery. I was there 14 days as they did trans-cranial dopplers and CT scans to check for vaso-spasm. Apparently, I am lucky. Though I don't believe that. God saved me. I have been told that 50 percent of all aneurysm cases don't make it. Both neurologists that saw me said that with the seizure added on I shouldn't have made it. But, here I am 74 days later writing this letter. I told you God saved me...for a reason. Of course, a lot of things had to happen at just the right time and directed by just the right people. I am so thankful for all the people that cared for me, prayed for me, and went above and beyond. So here I am, a miracle in the making. I am so sorry for all those whose story did not turn out like mine and they lost someone because of an aneurysm. I am so thankful that God gave me a second chance. I plan to use it to bring awareness to people about the signs and symptoms of a possible aneurysm as well as spread the good word that with God in our life, miracles do happen. I'm living proof.
I lost my beautiful sister, Belinda in 1977 at the age of 14, from a congenital brain aneurysm. Two weeks prior to the rupture, her pediatrician diagnosed Belinda with the flu. Her symptoms were headaches, throwing up and not feeling well. I was 19 at the time and remember this like yesterday. Belinda was in the 8th grade when her aneurysm ruptured at school during her lunch break. Dr. Cheek, head of neurosurgery at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston tried to save her life and could not. I remember him saying to us that he has a daughter the same age. Belinda's legacy lives on with two beautiful songs that have been produced by two very dear friends of mine. One is called, "Billy Goat" and the other "Everywhere". I am happy to share them with your foundation. Thank you for helping others recognize the importance of early detection of potentially fatal aneurysms. This is the link to the song, Everywhere in memory of Belinda, written and performed by Sonya Shell. https://soundcloud.com/sonyashell/everywhere-2016-written-by-sonya-shell?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook
Just watched the OZ show and it was very helpful..my story as an ER nurse began with a very dizzy morning of nausea and localized "ponytail pain" behind my left ear. I was convinced like so many just something I ate and slept the weekend away(well only 1 day of total exhaustion)...but 4 days later I took my b/p and it was high 150/90 and I self drove myself to the ER for further evaluation...CTscan clear...spinal tap clear...but the mri revealed an incendental small 2mm rt. opthalmic carotid anuersym unruptured. transfered to Providence hospital I saw the chief neurosurgeon who will follow yearly the aneursym with MRI with Dye to see if it progresses.Being a mother of 4 I feel like many who can just push thru feeling crappy...alot of us do. However so glad to see more information out there to help us understand this serious condition. I have no restrictions as of yet but the warning signs i will never wait again. I was told for the pain(unrelated to the unruptured aneursym was tylenol.But if the sudden waves of seasick nausea present themselves with blurred vision i will not ignore them,....I just hit 50 and pray medical progress will continue to advance to help those out there. god bless and thankyou for your foundation of awareness,,,,lilly
Hello, my name is Leslie as you know. I found out this year in March that I have 4 Brain Aneurysms. One of them was measured @ 10 cm and the other 3 are smaller. I went to a surgeon @ a local hospital in my city. He did test that he needed to do. He told me where the Aneurysms were located as well as the surgery I well have. I was scared and devastated but, he assured me I was in good hands. The 10 cm Aneurysm procedure was done with a Pipeline Stint and Coil. I'm do for another surgery in January to remove the other 3. I thank God for my PCP who went further into getting me the test that I needed to find out what was wrong with me and Thank God that the Medical field has stepped up so much.
My cousin, Megan Phillips Aesch suffered a hemorrhagic stroke several years ago. Meg with the support of her husband and family as well as many friends, has never given up trying to regain parts of her pre stroke life. Meg's story has just been published - "I Tied My Shoes Today - Recovering from a hemorrhagic stroke" and is available on Amazon. An amazing story of courage, love and determination.
I was released from the hospital today after coiling surgery for a brain aneurysm.i had no idea I had this..I actually went to a ear doctor for clogged ears..my ears were clear and he decided to do a MRI to make sure inside my ear was ok. Well to everyone's surprise the MRI showed the aneurysm. From there my primary Doctor sent me to do a MRA to be positive.From there I went to the neurologist who scheduled my surgery.i had the coiling done on Tuesday..Surgery went fine. Had to stay a few extra days but got home today feeling so grateful.The doctor does not know how long it was there. I had no symptoms at all.It is truly a silent killer. As I reflect on this week I am very emotional to know how lucky I was..To think I just went to check my ears. This is my second chance at life. I am going to spread the word about aneurysms..With you in mind Lisa I will try and enlighten everyone about it and let them know if you feel something different see your dr. Right away..R.I.P Lisa
I am a survivor! My brain aneurysm ruptured on May 12, 1015. Being a migraine sufferer, I knew the horrible headache I was having was not a migraine. I had gone home from work for lunch, and as I was ready to sit down, It felt like someone hit me in the head with a ball bat. On a scale of 1-10, I told the doctors it was a 20+. I was unable to lay down or sit. My husband came home and took me to ER where they found the brain bleed on a CT scan. My doctor told me a helicopter was waiting to take me to the University of Iowa Hospital. I was taken to surgery where they went through the groin to the brain and put the coil/clip. I was hospitalized 10 days. After home, I continued to have headaches for 1 month until the blood from the bleed was absorbed into my body. I had 6 weeks of occupational and physical therapy and was off work for 13 weeks. I am one of the lucky ones. I have minimal side effects and tell myself I shouldn't be here. Prayer worked wonders. My roommate came in with the same thing but passed away not long after I was admitted. I have a better outlook on life than before. My angiogram at the 6 month mark showed the coil was not leaking and was in place. I was given a second chance at life. Thank you God.
A good friend of mine lost his wife to a Brain Aneurysm August 10th. She collasped while she was at Crossfit on August 4th and was rushed to the hospital. That following day, she was sent to surgery to repair the aneurysm and it was a success but this event had caused an enormous toll on her brain. Many sections of her brain were essentially "dead" and in the event of her waking up, she would have most likely been a "vegetable" the remainder of her life. So, with careful consideration and her wants, her husband took her off life support. This has hit home with me because it IS true when they say life is too short. Raising awareness is quite possibly the best solution. In some cases, lives have been saved because of pre-diagnosis. This is wonderful! If we can use the tragic events in "our" lives to help others and possibly prevent tragedy, then it's a "win win" for all of us. He's doing as well as he can. He was married for 15 years and they have a three year old daughter. He's an inspiration to everyone around him and her legacy will live on through him and their daughter. I hope by sharing this post helps others cope with whatever situation they may be in.
I suffered a brain aneurysm in 1995, just one week after delivering my only child. It was due to an epidural needle that actually taped my spine, set up a clot, then raced to my brain and ruptured. It reminded me of an atomic bomb going off in my head. Sixteen hours had passed, along with complete loss of vision before I finally had my husband race through emergency. That was on a Tuesday. The hospital took every test imaginable on my brain, finding yet another aneurysm sitting in the center of my brain stem. By that Thursday, my doctor informed me of what happened and that he, along with the several other doctors involved, didn't understand why I was still able to talk and communicate. My brain actually swelled. My doctor did however inform me that I wouldn't survive a surgery, and by all indications, I would be dead by the weekend. Being told that there is absolutely nothing that can be done from a doctor is a lonely, lonely place. However, what precluded me from be helpless was the power of prayer. Twenty-one years later, I'm still here, no surgery of any kind, and the second aneurysm just went away. Dr. Duke Sampson was the last doctor to see me, two months after the rupture of the first aneurysm. Dr. Sampson stated that the second aneurysm had to be removed or if I so much as bump a wall, it could rupture. So on the date of the scheduled surgery, one last angiogram was conducted, however, there was nothing there. I was then released from the hospital and sent home to gain a new life. I'm currently writing a book about my journey as I've not found anyone to date that has experienced the same trauma to the brain as I, and recovered on their own. I totally depended on God everyday and still do. I knew that if woke up every morning and could just breathe, I knew somehow, God was working it all out for me. My daughter is now 21 years of age. I'm a business owner, I'm productive and profitable. I know that my journey is not yet over, so I just keep breathing.
In 2007 I fell flat on my face, could not move, when I could, I went to bed for 3 days with a headache. I finally went to the ER and found out I had a ruptured brain aneurysm. I flew to the Mayo clinic and they found 2*more. One at the base of my brain and spinal chord connection. I am a survivor with minimal effects. I own my own business and am doing well. My mother died of 5 brain aneurysms
My son passed away on August 14, 2016 we were watching TV and he just fell over I thought that he had choked on some food but it was a brain aneurysm he had no symptoms nothing appeared to be wrong we were having a good day and everything was great now I'm without my wonderful 18-year-old son life will never be the same
I am a brain aneurysm survivor since 2007.
After 15 years He is still alive. My dad had 2 brain ane
My story is a perfect example of what not to do. I hope people learn from my story. On May 3, 2016 I was at work and experienced what I could best explain as a sudden intense hot flash feeling with intense sweating followed by the worst headache I have ever had. I told my coworker I was not feeling well and drove home. I told my wife I thought I was sick and felt nauseous. I took a shower and went to sleep. I woke up 6 hours later took some Advil and a shower and drove to work. I lasted about 4 hours at work and couldn't stand the headache any more. I went home and went to bed. I called in sick on my Friday and had Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off. I spent those days at home taking Advil and a hot shower every 4 hours to ease the horrible pain from my headache. I was also throwing up. Tuesday I called in sick and told my wife to call an ambulance. I went to the emergency room and the Doctor ordered an MRI. The results were inconclusive. The ER Doctor consulted a Neurologist at another hospital. They gave me a spinal tap and found blood in my spinal fluid. They shipped me to another hospital where the Neurologist was. Upon arrival the Doctor met me and told me he was 99.9% sure he saw an aneurysm on the MRI. The Doctor attempted to coil the aneurysm but was unable to complete it successfully due to a blister on it. I had waited so long to go to the hospital that it blistered. Plan b was to perform the craniotomy surgery. The next day after 7 hours of surgery the Doctor was able to place the clamp on it successfully. I am doing well with no problems or side effects today. I am on no medication. I am very lucky. The moral of my story is never ignore a headache, especially the worst one you have ever had in your lifetime. Six days is too long to suffer from a headache. Spread the word. I am so sorry for the loss of your wife.
In 2014 my mother was 50 yrs old.She had high blood pressure but never went to see a dr. She drank soda and coffe to cure her headaches.she had stress of working 7-3pm caring for my ill grandfather.she suffered from alot of headaches blurry vision slurred speech she didnt know the risk of all those signals. She suffered a brain anuresym stroke ,coma for 4 months and alot of seizures. Dr diagnosis was vegetable state. My mother now at 52 yrs. She just had her crainotomy flap back replaced in her head 2 months ago. She has no feeling in left side of body. She can speak a little .But lost most memory of who family and things are.
I stumbled upon today's NY Daily News story about Kris Sorensen, and then found my way here. It is quite the coincidence, as today is the 44th anniversary of by Mother's death due to an undiagnosed brain aneurysm. My Mom was 37 at the time of her death; and was survived by my Dad, my two brothers (ages 13 and 6), and me (age 10). It was the late summer of 1972, and my Mom was ill for a couple weeks at home; with what was thought to be mononucleosis. She then suffered a seizure at home, and was rushed to a local hospital. She regained consciousness, and remained in the hospital for a few weeks more with her doctors still remaining unaware of her true condition. She then suffered another seizure (on Oct 4 or 5) from which she never regained consciousness; and passed on Oct 7. Thank you Todd for forming this foundation, and working to raise awareness of brain aneurysm symptoms. Kris Sorenson's story is testimony to the priceless value of your efforts. The NY Daily News story can be found here... http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/abc-reporter-undiagnosed-brain-aneurysm-saved-life-article-1.2821748
For my 60th birthday, I had planned to go to Paris . . . Several months before, I began having scrambled vision. I made an appointment with with an ophthalmologist, who called me a silly woman who was imagining things and sent me home. I then went to see my doctor, who listened and made me an appointment with a highly respected neurologist. The neurologist tested for a variety of things and then ordered an MRI. My insurance would only cover a flat MRI (not sure of the proper name), which showed an image like that of an x-ray. The neurologist saw something that looked somewhat questionable and forced the insurance to do a 3-D MRI of my brain. At my next appointment, the neurologist called me into his private office to look at what he was seeing on his computer--a balloon on the basilar artery, at the base of my brain. He said that because of the location, if it burst, I would not even make it to the ER. I left the office in shock. The neurologist told me I needed to see the best and made me an appointment with Randall Higashida at UCSF, a pioneer in the treatment of brain aneurysms with coil embolization. I was given the choice of clipping, which would open up my skull and push parts of my brain around, and the coil method, which involved threading a catheter through the femoral artery up to my brain. Since he had done many coil embolizations, I chose that route. I spent 2 nights in the hospital and was back at work in 8 days. That was 16 years ago. I am forever grateful to Dr. Higashida and his team at UCSF. The lessons here are that, if you suspect something is wrong, don't stop looking for answers, and if you need surgery, find a surgeon who has already successfully done many similar procedures.
Hello, My story is different as I never had a HA before my surgery. Mine starts with being rear ended in a car crash. About a week later I started seeing this thing in my left eye, I describe as like a neon spider web. I went to the eye doctor thinking that the accident may have damaged the eye. The doc could not see anything wrong. Over the next 8 months I continued to see the eye doctor and the spider web eventually covered my entire field of vision in the left eye. The doc finally sent me for an MRI, where they found a large aneurysm on the carotid artery that was pushing on the optic nerve causing the visual disturbance. I had emergency surgery, they were not sure I would have vision in the left eye, but thankfully I do. My surgeon Dr. Hacker, I know what a name for a brain surgeon, said that it was just days from rupturing. He repaired it with a titanium clip. This is where my HA story starts. After 3 days I woke up in the ICU with the worst HA of my life, the spider web was gone. My surgery was 23 years ago and I have had a HA almost everyday since. All of my senses are heightened, Perfume is probably the worst, bright sun and loud noises will trigger a HA and aura. If I can say anything it is Listen to your Body!! Thank you for bringing attention to this life changing emergency.
This foundation is a wonderful loving tribute to your wife and such a wealth of information. In 2003, I had an MRI for an unrelated condition and at the age of 40 they found an anterior communicating artery aneurysm. Since it was an incidental finding and because it was a small necked aneurysm, I was a candidate for a coiling procedure through a catheter in the groin. At the time the surgeon was 1 of 10 surgeons in the country that performed this less invasive procedure and it was in Chicago approximately 45 miles from my home. I was so fortunate that they found it and were able to treat it before it ruptured and also treat it close to my home. My daughter suffers from horrible migraines as well and she has had MRI/MRA's, but I am always fearful that one of them could be an aneurysm. Please also remember that MRI's and CT scans are very useful tools, MRA's look at the blood vessels of the brain. It is always recommended that when one family member has been diagnosed with an aneurysm, all biological family members should be proactive to monitor for them as well. We are all bound together as a united group to support each other. Happiness and Health to All.
Hello. I am a seven month BA survivor. On March 14th I was working out at the gym. Upon completion of a set of leg press, I stood up with the worst headache of my life, which rendered me lifeless on the gym floor. By God's grace and mercy, there happened to be a doctor working out that same morning (5:45 am). He and a trainer rushed over and began CPR - to no avail...my heart stopped. The General Manager procured a defibrillator and managed to get my heart restarted. I was reborn that day. After being rushed to Riverside Methodist Hospital Neuroscience Center, it was discovered I had four aneurysms (two that ruptured resulting in a subarachnoid hemorraghic stroke and two that are still active in my Circle of Willis today; however, they are too small to treat). I had two brain surgeries where the ruptured basilar artery and one other artery was coiled and clipped. I spend 17 days in the ICU and came out of this situation with minor deficits (i.e. some occasional dizziness, minor memory loss, minor headaches and tiredness - oh, the neuro fatigue is very special 🙁 ). Happy to say that five months post rupture I was cleared to marry the love of my life in a skydive wedding in Vegas on August 17, 2016. I'm one of the lucky ones and I try my best every day, to remember that and not take anything for granted. I share with you our Sky Dive Las Vegas video (recovery is possible) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFJ8SQoQC3w