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Mary Ann Gaida Mary Ann Gaida from Clarkston wrote on September 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm:
Hello Everyone, Yes I am a walking miracle. Thank the Lord. On January 12, 2013 my husband and I decided to return a recliner to the store because it did not fit with our décor. We both carried it to our car and struggled to put it in back of our car. After that I suddenly got a terrible headache. It felt like my head was a football on fire in the back. I went back into the house and put my hands under my chin and told my husband to call 911. As I waited, I thought did I jump the gun. They took me all the way to Beaumont in Troy, Michigan. I live in Clarkston Michigan. There I laid for 6 hours. Throwing up and miserable. I guess they assumed I had a bad neck strain and the flu was going around so this is probably what they assumed. My daughter who lived in Chicago told them by phone that my brother dyed of a Brain Aneurysm and they said they couldn't talk to her. I screamed for a doctor but to no avail. That's all I remember but they finally gave me more tests I was told and they took me by ambulance to Beaumont in Royal Oak, Michigan. None of this I remember because they put me out. The next time I awoke they told me I had a ruptured brain aneurysm. I stayed in the hospital for 10 days and here I am today. I am so lucky to be alive. I have lost a lot of memory from the past, but who knows it could be old age. I am 69. lol The one thing I tell everyone, listen to your BODY!! Also, I lost a brother at the age of 58 of a Brain aneurysm and his 40 year old son had one and he had the clipping. I had the coiling from Dr. Mick at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital. He is GREAT. I really do BELIEVE that this is Genetic. So if someone in your family had one you should be checked out with a MRA. I get one every year for a follow up. As of now I am doing good, but next week I will have my yearly MRA so we will see. I hope by telling my story this will help someone out there. AMEN.

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