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Deborah williams Deborah williams from Holtsville wrote on December 4, 2017 at 1:24 pm:
I suffered a brain anorism in September 2015 I suffered a stroke with left side paralyzed
Ellen Bailey Ellen Bailey from Allen wrote on December 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm:
Hello all. September 2, 2008 changed the lives of my husband, Chris, myself and our then 7 year old twins. Chris had the worst headache of his life that morning, went to lie down and kept telling me that "something wasn't right". Being a migraine sufferer myself, I told him to lie on some ice and take some of my imitrix if he needed. He passed out and I couldn't wake him up. I called 911, the paramedics came immediately, started talking about a "possible brain bleed" and we all went to Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston. Our children were in school that morning and had no idea what was happening. My father died of a brain aneurysm when I was 16 and all of those thoughts kept flooding back to me. The doctors said Chris had suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and they weren't sure he was going to make it. I have a strong faith in God and prayed a lot that morning. They stabilized Chris at that hospital but couldn't perform the clipping surgery at that location and he was going to be transferred to the Memorial Hermann hospital at the downtown medical center. We had to wait over 8 hours for this as the hospitals were too crowded down there. Dr. Dong Kim (lead neurosurgeon) at Memorial Hermann performed the clipping surgery and said Chris was extremely lucky but had a lot of rehabilitation ahead of him. He went through countless rehab therapies, 2 other brain surgeries to relieve swelling/bleeding, and slow but sure regained most of his motor skills/personality. We are now in 2018, our kids are now 17, and I would say Chris is pretty much back to normal except he does have short term memory loss. It was a very long & difficult journey, but we made it and are definitely here to help other families cope with this terrible issue. Brain aneurysms are hereditary, contributors are high blood pressure, alcohol, and several other factors. Because they are on both sides of our families, the neurosurgeon told us to have the kids checked with a CT scan once a year after they turn 21. I get a yearly check myself and of course Chris does too. These CAN be prevented through screening and I highly encourage folks with any of the above mentioned contributors to do this. The mortality rate with aneurysms is high, especially a ruptured aneurysm. We feel Chris is indeed a miracle and we are always here to help anyone else in this similar situation. You can get through it with faith, love, family and lots of emotional support.
Walt Walt from Albany Oregon wrote on December 2, 2017 at 8:29 pm:
In 2002, I was living in a home with my then out of the home Internet and Computer Technology small business partner in rural Virginia. When my partner departed for another state for a business meeting, I was left home alone for several nights. On the second morning home alone, I awoke unable to sit up in bed. I was experiencing a severe headache unlike anything else I had experienced before, not even the migraine headaches I was accustomed to. I had thankfully gone to bed with a wireless telephone and called the business partner's cellular phone to look for help. I then refused an ambulance later, with the concern regarding the extraordinary expense of ambulances. This is when the business partner called a friend of ours, whom came over and picked me up and put me in his truck. I was transported to the small local hospital. The little hospital discovered the hemorrhage and summoned a life flight helicopter, which flew me to Richmond where an angioplasty was stopped after vasospasms occurred in the brain. After this, the surgeons performed an aneurysm clipping on 4 August. I was 25 at the time. I remained in recovery and rehabilitation in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit until just before Halloween, released to my business partner. I have since been taken in by a good friend, spent several years homeless while awaiting the glacial pace of Social Security and have since been able to just scrape by on SSI. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease in 2012 (in fact, I typed most of this on my tablet while on dialysis). In the effort to get cleared for the transplant list, a second small cerebral aneurysm was found, coiled and embolized at the Oregon Health and Sciences University hospital in 2015. The end result of the ruptured aneurysm is that my short term memory is next to nonexistent. I also have serious balance issues with the occasional multiple hour bouts of vertigo (for which I am not permitted to operate motor vehicles). I largely use mobile devices (especially an iPad Mini) to help overcome the memory fault with a couple of useful apps and a lot of persistence in making myself use the apps.
Yvonne Heim Yvonne Heim from Lockhart wrote on December 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm:
I was married to a wonderful man who was a Army Special Forces Green Beret and served his country for 21 years before retiring. He then went to Physician Assistant School, which was a dream come true for him. In 2009 he graduated from the University of Washington and we moved to New Braunfels Texas where we finally were living out our dream life. Finally, no more deployments to dangerous places for months at a time and being apart for most of our 25 year marriage. Unfortunately, on August 12, 2015 my husband only 48 years old had a brain aneurysm while riding his motorcycle. He was such an experienced rider and was the only one in the accident. Witnesses stated he was riding normal, not speeding etc., but proceeded to get off the road where he eventually ran into a steel pole holding up a fence. It was a beautiful day and according to the state patrol, there were no skid marks, no attempt to stop and one foot to the right he would have been able to ride through the gate. Although the corner had to list the death a result of severe physical trauma, there was evidence of a brain aneurysm, which explains the lack of skid marks and no attempt to stop or lay the bike down. I can’t begin to tell you how devastating his death has been on me. The only comfort is he probably was already passed before he crashed. Today, I saw the segment on Fox News about Lisa’s foundation and wanted to share my story and learn about ways to bring awareness to this issue.
Dan Azbdell Dan Azbdell from Hot Springs wrote on December 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm:
On 10-09-16, my daughter were in Sunday school. I started getting so much pressure in my head just like a tire being over filled with air. i felt and heard a loud" POP" and then all this pressure and a whole lot of severe pain started settling in my neck. The only thing on my mind at this point was how can i get up and leave the room without anyone thinking something was wrong? I have always been a very independent and strong willed idiot who refused help when i could have used it!. I finally was able to stand and get out of the room where i went to the foyer. i saw my Daughter after a few minutes, i told her " let get home, somethings wrong". I drove 15-20 miles, past a hospital to get home. The pain was so bad I cant believe I was still conscious. I was going to take a handful of hydrocodons and crawl under the bed and wait it out. When we arrived home, I made it into the house, the phone rings, it was a friend from Sunday school class. He asked if I was ok, I said I don't think so. He was here in less than 10 minutes. by know I had trouble standing. H helped me into the car and we headed for the hospital. By the time we arrived, I couldn't move anything. The pain was so bad at this point. They did a spinal tap upon arrival and found blood. I was rushed to UAMS in Little Rock Ar. I remember talking to my daughter about what to do, I knew I was going to die at this point. The next memory was in ICU, I was in so much pain, I was begging the Lord to take me. I guess I was freaking the nurses out. I was in ICU for 16 days. It was the most miserable time in my life. I finally got to come home. So far, the issues I still have as a result is poor short term memory problems and severe confusion. I had 3 follow up appoint. with the neurosurgeons. They were approx. 45 miles from home so I drove there. The Dr. said I shouldn't be able to drive for another year if I was lucky. He kept telling me," I cant believe you are walking and talking". Why, other than my daughter am I still here.
Paulette Tardugno Paulette Tardugno from The Villages wrote on December 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm:
In the fall of 2008, just after my 60th birthday I was experiencing weird symptoms. I would get in the car and couldn't find where I was going. I panicked and would sweat profusely making everything feel worse. This frightened me so much that I headed to the nearest emergency room. No headaches at all. This happened 4 times and each time they couldn't find anything wrong. I started experiencing vertigo and confusion. Finally my general practitioner recommended a CT scan. No one was more shocked than I when he said it was a brain aneurysm. The two department heads at the hospital had different opinions of what to do. One said to wait and watch and the other said time was of the essence. I couldn't believe that they were suggesting that I make the decision. I arranged to see Dr. Howard Riina who at the time was at New York University Hospital, Well Cornell. He said emphatically that he didn't want to know who I saw or what they said but if I were his sister he would get it out asap. Several days later he clipped it. I was home after 5 days, I healed well and will forever be grateful that he saved my life. Dr Riina is now at NYU Langone Medical center. The 4 hospital visits used up and wasted a good portion of my insurance coverage, but in the end it all worked out. My follow up scans have been clear and I am grateful for every day.
Kelly Whitworth Kelly Whitworth from Clarksville wrote on December 2, 2017 at 6:55 pm:
I had a mini stroke in April 2017. During Scans, etc. They found a brain aneurysm. I have had 3 family members died from a brain aneurysm one was my cousin at age 23 my uncle at age 49 or 50. This was terrifying, they told me it would be fine that they would keep an eye on it and when it got a certain size they would remove it. Since then my doctor has moved to Chicago and I'm trying to get in with the new neurologist in the same group that don't have an opening until February and this puts a lot of stress on me to wear I think I work myself into headaches and I'm not sure if I'm bringing the headaches on myself or if I need to go get checked again it's been 8 months. I asked was there a time frame that I needed to be rechecked they said come back if you start having headaches. My mind is still a little scattered from the mini stroke I'm having a real problem with memory and I also have seizures, the stroke took place on the same side of the brain as the aneurysm. Any information or advice is appreciated. Thank you so much and bless you all Kelly Whitworth
Judy Jeong Judy Jeong from Pleasanton wrote on October 20, 2017 at 11:13 pm:
My daughter, Sophia had a brain aneurysm in 2001, she was 15 years old when this occurred. We are fortunate that she survived, and have made a full recovery. Sophia had reoccurring headaches for months prior, she was seen by Kaiser and told to take Tylenol. The Dr told her that the headaches was possibly due to stress and/or allergies. Sophia was at school when she loss consciousness. Thankfully, she was in class and 911 was called. She was transported by ambulance to Kaiser ER. Test revealed that Sophia had a brain aneurysm, a CT scan revealed bleeding in the brain, and her pupils were dilated. She was transferred immediately by ambulance to Kaiser's Redwood City, CA facility that specialize in Neurological Surgery. Once there, a MRI revealed that she had a Berry Aneurysm that was bleeding, but had not ruptured. The surgeon performed emergency surgery and attempted to clip the aneurysm, but unfortunately he was only able to clip off part of the artery. The full artery was not clipped off due to the location of the artery, the surgeon could not access the full artery due to the location. Sophia spent a week in the hospital and was sent home to recover. Within the next weeks, she started having headaches again, had problems with vision from her right eye, and had lots of nausea. She was taken to Kaiser Er. The Dr ordered a CT Scan and spinal tap to check for bleeding. While we were in the examining room in ER, Sophia went into a seizure. The test revealed that her aneurysm was bleeding again. The Dr was at a loss because they could not go back in to clip the aneurysm because the area that was bleeding was not an area that they could access. The Kaiser surgeon consulted with UCSF where they had just started a procedure called Endovascular Coiling to treat aneurysms. The UCSF surgeon advised that he would be able to perform coiling for Sophia's aneurysm. Sophia was transferred to UCSF. We met with the surgeon, he told us that he had one other case similar to Sophia's the past year. The patient was also very young, survived the surgery, but died from complications while recovering shortly after. Due to the seriousness of Sophia's condition, our only option was to go ahead and have the coiling procedure. For the next week, Sophia had coiling surgery daily, several coils were placed each day until the artery was fully blocked off. She spent almost 2 weeks in ICU with a nurse by her bedside. Her aneurysm had gotten so large prior to the coiling that it pressed on her 4th nerve (behind her right eye), causing damage to her nerve. Because of this, her right eye was damaged, she was not able to open her right eyelid. The surgeon advised us that the nerve might heal, but it would take time. The nerve did improved, she was able to open her eyelids after about a year, but there was damage to her eye muscle that resulted in strabismus. We waited for about 2 years and had eye muscle surgery. The surgery corrected movement to the left and right, but the pupil could not move up and down. Other than the damage to the eye muscle, Sophia has made a full recovery. Sophia is now 33 years old, and leading a productive life. She is one of the fortunate ones that survived, we are very thankful.
Jeneé Avant-Marsh Jeneé Avant-Marsh from Georgetown wrote on October 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm:
Hi. My name is Jeneé from South Carolina. November 2002 changed my entire life. I had a history of what seemed like horrific migraines, and I suffered through them. However, I was 8 weeks pregnant with my first child. I was having frequent headaches with vomiting, but it was all hours each day. A Wednesday night began my nightmare, when the worst headache of my life began. I told my sister nothing would help. By the following Monday morning, my instincts told me I was in trouble. Thankfully, my husband did not work that morning. My headache was so horrific and the worst I'd had in my life, with violent vomiting. I felt a loud pop in my head, and I could not move my left side at all. I yelled to my husband that I needed help, and my vision changed. I knew I was dying. After that I remember nothing; only what my loved ones told me about the events. My husband saved my life by rushing me to the hospital. I was admitted and went into a coma. I was rushed into emergency brain surgery, because of my brain swelling. The doctor told my husband I'd die without it. However, with it I could be a "vegetable" never walking or talking again. He was terrified and alone. A craniotomy was done and my baby and I survived, thankfully. However, it began my new life of learning to walk, talk, to learn everything I had taken for granted. I was grateful to be alive yet not the same person. I had my precious daughter, Faith, in June 2003. July 1, 2003 began my new nightmare. Admitted to the hospital with swollen, blue, painful legs. My new SURVIVOR story began. I had blood clots in both legs, from ankles to my abdomen. Two doctors told me I had the most continuous, the hugest clots they'd seen in their careers. My organs were shutting down and clots moved into my lungs. GOD had his hands on me throughout my near-experiences. I and my daughter are miracles. Life is precious and fleeting, and we love the ride. Never give up.
Michele McMullan Michele McMullan from Massapequa LI wrote on October 15, 2017 at 5:16 am:
On 12/24/08 I had a brain aneurysm that left me paralyzed on the right side of my body and confined to a wheelchair (mother of 3). Had the worst headache since HALLOWEEN night. Went to the doctor 2x's complaining of a terrible headache but was misdiagnosed with a SINUS INFECTION! Be your own advocate INSIST on a cat scan or an MRI to find out the cause of your headache.
Sandy I'm going to knock you guys get off my s*** Sandy I'm going to knock you guys get off my s*** from Fresno wrote on October 10, 2017 at 4:25 am:
My name is Sandy and on October 14, 2014 I suffered a brain anursym.....i was in a coma and given only 15% chance of surviving and my brother was told if I came out of the coma I would be severely brain damaged due to the anursym being in the communicial area of my brain Against all odds.... I came through IT I spent almost a month in ICU after having brain surgery to put a coil in my brain, being in a coma I got to go home and it wasn't till I was home that the enormatity Of what had happened to me. I have some brain damage, short term memory loss. I'm still after 3 years I'm still trying to deal with it. I'm glad the doctors saved me. And all the doctors and therapist's that have been helping me through it all. However it doesn't seem to be enough I cannot seem to get over it, all I can do is keep on keepin on.
Azita Ahdout Azita Ahdout from Cresskill NJ wrote on September 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm:
March 9/2017 was the day that I almost died and the next day I started a new life . I was just joining my husband in a restaurant when the worst headache of my life struck me , at first I told my husband we need to leave the restaurant and go home so I can rest and take something for the headache but after a couple of minutes I could no longer take the pain nor could I make another move . I was taken to Valley hospital in NJ that is one of the best in brain injuries and I was lucky that it was in the same town as the restaurant we went to. My Dr .Neurosurgeon Dorothea Altschule and the staff on the Valle hospital saved my life that day and coiled my head , I am now a bionic woman ! I am being reminded everyday how lucky I am to survive this horrendous injury that unfortunately many do not survive or have permanent loss of functions as a result of it. Life has many challenges . I hope awareness will educate people not to ignore a headache or family history of brain aneurysm and seek the advise of their doctors .
K.hawkins K.hawkins from Streator wrote on September 20, 2017 at 12:45 am:
I never thought I would experience this my self but I lost my mom in 2013 from a stroke I didn't know what was going on and why she had bleeding in her brain seeing her lay in the bed from 2009 till 2013 she fought for along time if only I would said mom go get check out she would always have frequent headaches but she didn't think any of it she was only 35 died at 38 I'm 24 just found out I had a brain anresyum lol I'm sure I didn't spell that right but its been hard on me I just want to be here for my son but now I see all these messages on here it gives me faith
darlene makins darlene makins from lakeland wrote on September 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm:
Hello I am a proud survivor that suffered a Brain Aneurysm and a stroke on 9/28/14. I have no memory of how or what happened. All I know is what my family tell me. I just wish this never happened to me because my life is not the same but I am forever grateful to be alive regardless of how I am now. It is such a pleasure to be able to interact with people that may be going thru the same problems i'm facing and being disabled now. I just miss me so thanks for allowing me to post this
Deborah Deborah from Holtsville wrote on August 29, 2017 at 11:15 am:
I also suffered a brain hemorrhage in September 2015 I was fortunate to have went to emergency room where they performed surgery and stopped the bleed causing me to suffer stroke
Kaye Kaye from Laguna Woods wrote on August 13, 2017 at 3:45 am:
I'm a 70yo female, who had heard about these brain anurisms only about 3yr ago. Thing is when I was a single mom on welfare about 29yo I had the most excruciating headaches over 2days. With no money and no one to help me and no knowledge of how serious this was, I just layed on the couch with the curtains closed and prayed for it to stop. A couple of years later a dr asked me if I had had a stroke because he said my face drooped on one side, neither myself or anyone else had noticed. I said no and that was the end of that. Over the past 5-6 yrs I was treated prophylactically for an explosive headache over/behind my Rt eye. Until I told a new dr (ent) about it and the story about Lisa I had heard on dr Oz. He had me tested and the results showed very old scarring from 40yrs ago! I survived. Sadly, my son got a blood clot in his leg without knowing and it passed to his lungs (PE) killing him suddenly at 43yo 2yrs ago. Leaving overwhelming sadness for me.
Marcella Hutsko Marcella Hutsko from Endicott New York wrote on August 11, 2017 at 9:52 am:
August 27.2000 I was waiting for my husband to return home from work. It was 3.00 a.m. in the morning. he normally worked days but had gone to work for a problem {he was a computer specialist} I called him to see if he was coming home soon. I never stay up this long .I usually am in bed by 10:00 p.m. He told me he would be home soon he was wrapping things up with what he was working on and would be home within the hour. I wrapped up in a quilt and went outside and waited on our front porch for him to come home. He drove in the driveway very soon after that. We went into the house his arm around my waist and fell into bed, both of us exhausted. No sooner had he was asleep I was lying awake listening to him breathing beside me. Suddenly his breathes became very labored and stopped and began again. I shook him saying his name and he did not respond. I put my ear to his chest his heart was beating. His breathing was irregular but I knew something was wrong. I couldn't wake him at all by calling his name . I jumped out of bed went to the hallway and yelled to my daughter to call 911. I ran back to our bedroom checking on him and then grabbing clothes and dressing quickly, I then found clothes for my husband and putting a pair of jeans and a button up shirt leaving the buttons undone for easy access for the emergency responders. meanwhile my daughter came downstairs in her pajamas{she was seventeen at this time} . I told her to get dressed and move our car around the front of the house. She told me the person she talked to on the phone at911 had asked her if she was sure her father was unconscious. We waited for the ambulance time passing .an hour went by I was furious knowing the sooner we got him to the hospital the better the odds of recovery. My daughter and I carried my husband to our car putting him in the passenger seat of our car. It was not easy he is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 lbs. we had to stop a couple of times to rest and start again before getting him in the car then we had to adjust the seat and safety belt fastened. The ambulance arrived momentarily. They insisted we transfer him to the ambulance so they could give him oxygen and monitor his vital signs . I was hesitant but agreed. The men put him on a stretcher, they were surprised my daughter and I could carry him. They no sooner got him into the ambulance he became conscious and tried to sit up he was very loud and argumentative. I went to the stretcher and explained what had happened and my voice and presence seemed to calm him. My daughter and I followed the ambulance in our car to the hospital which is a thirty minute rito a bed and began assessing his condition. Minutes later he was whisked off for an MRI of his head. I sat by his bedside when he returned to the hospital room .Holding his hand he was in a lot of pain. He said he had a horrible headache. The doctor prescribed a very strong painkiller. The Doctor a Neurosurgeon told me he had a serious brain bleed and it was seeping across his brain and he only had a 20 percent chance of dying or living, He asked me if I wanted to have him do surgery to find the bleed and put a titanium clip to stop the bleeding. The other choice was to let him dye comfortably. I chose surgery of course .I didn't want our daughters to loose their Dad. He had to be transferred to another hospital for the operation. An ambulance would take him across town to the other hospital where he was put in ICU. The day passed and my friends brought my other daughter who was away visiting a friend to say goodbye to her Dad . I called his family and our friends to come also to say their goodbyes just in case he did not survive the procedure. Hours later I kissed him goodbye for the last time. We waited hours for him to come out of the operating room and recovery. He had survived but he was never the same again. The man that walked out the door never returned to us again.
Sheri Greenhoe Sheri Greenhoe from Formerly from Okemos, MI wrote on August 4, 2017 at 10:29 am:
Three years ago on an unusually warm and sunny June day, I texted a friend just before noon and suggested we have lunch together on a restaurant patio. (Normally I would just have a quick lunch at my desk at a small nonprofit). I drove ten minutes to meet her, even though I still had the stubborn 3-day headache that I attributed to seasonal allergies. (I ignored a moment of blurry vision that morning, which I now know was a warning sign.) We sat down at a patio table and ordered lunch within two minutes. At that point I mentioned my stubborn headache...then everything went black. My friend said I stared straight ahead and started to tilt sideways in my chair. She thought I was joking, then recognized something was very wrong (because her husband had had a stroke in his 30s). She shouted for someone to call 911, and two lunching nurses immediately came to my aid. My friend phoned my husband who was just blocks away--and he arrived in time to accompany me in the ambulance. Paramedics phoned the ER with a stroke alert, so the neuro team was ready for me when we arrived just 5 minutes later. I don't remember any of this. In fact, I don't recall the first 36 hours, during which time a platinum coil was snaked through my femoral artery and into my brain to plug the burst aneurysm. Doctors had told my husband my chances of survival were less than 15%. He called our kids and my siblings, who came from near and far to be at my bedside. He and they took turns sleeping overnight in my ICU room for 14 days. When I was out of immediate danger I was transferred to a step down unit in the hospital , where I began physical therapy. That was made more difficult by my resulting double vision. I was discharged to our home after 21 days, and continued PT, with much help from my husband since just walking across a room was exhausting. Fortunately, my vision returned to normal 30 days after the artery burst, and my coordination and muscle tone returned over time. My neurologist explained that the coil could not completely fill the remaining weak spot, so I am monitored with regular MRAs, and take meds to keep my blood pressure very low. I have ongoing fatigue and also continue to recover from heart failure, which developed simultaneous to the hemorrhagic stroke. I went back to work, but it was completely draining--my doctor recommended I go on disability, but Humana denied my application. I have now retired from full time work, and my new goal is to enjoy and appreciate every minute with my husband, family and friends. They, my doctors and the fantastic nurses, have my enduring gratitude.
Glen S Glen S from Northridge wrote on July 31, 2017 at 2:13 am:
I was diagnosed with an brain aneurysm 2-3 mm in size in 2000. I was in disbelief and very scared nit sure what to do. I decided to get a second opinion. That Dr. said well you can have it operated on as you know but seeing your rpt I suggest you have it monitored every 12 to 16 months. Well I spoke to my original Dr. and he said, "yes you can do that but you have the chance something happening, and your time is limited to get to the hospital. " He went on to say, " The procedure is delicate and it is risky, but usually everything goes well, but there is a risk. I decided to happens monitored every 16 months and so far 17 years later nothing is changed. Thank God for that. I do experience headaches and sometimes extremely bad but thinking its a stress headache. It does worry me though thinking I hope this is all it is. One thing I do, do is keep a card taped to my license in case of emergency my condition and contact numbers, Dr, and family. So I'm still on top of things like all of us should be with this condition. Prayers to all who suffer from this.
Melissa Post Melissa Post from Redlands, CA wrote on July 30, 2017 at 10:19 am:
I lost my mom, grandmother and two uncles to brain aneurysms. My mom and I spent a wonderful day shopping before picking my dad up at the airport. The three of us then went out to dinner. About an hour after dropping my parents off at home, my dad called me in a panic. He had just called 911, because my mom complained of a terrible headache. AMR came and rushed her to the hospital. She didn't pull through and passed away several hours later. She was 67. My grandmother was the same age when she died also of the same tragic ailment. My sister, niece and I have now had to have MRI's and MRA,s because we have been told this is genetic. Very frightening.

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