1 in 50 may seem like the odds are small…However……1 in 50 is someone you know….1 in 50 could be you.
I am 1 in 50.
My first brain aneurysm rupture occurred on May 4th, 2010 while I was exercising at a gym. I experienced what’s called a thunderclap headache which felt like I had been hit with a baseball bat on the side of my head. I had ringing in my ears and stiffness in my neck. I thought I was having a stroke but I DID NOT seek medical attention at that time. I was 23 years old, healthy, active and thought nothing could possibly that wrong with me despite the severity of the pain. I experienced a stiff neck and headache for two week prior, taking over-the-counter pain medicine to take care of what I thought were migraines. Three more weeks went by after that and I appeared to be symptom free until the biggest wakeup call of my life came knocking at my door.
On June 12th, my mom’s birthday, my second rupture left me unconscious for nearly a minute. When I came to, I couldn’t feel the left side of my body, had double vision and I was nauseous. I remember screaming that I couldn’t see and I was scared for my life. In that moment, I thought that that was my last day on this earth. I refused go to the hospital because that’s not where I wanted my life story to end.
I survived to the next morning. I was then taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, not knowing that it would be weeks before I would see blue sky again. Who would have known I was minutes from death? There, doctors discovered I had a ruptured brain aneurysm and bleeding in the brain. It was determined immediately that I would need surgery. Crediting an amazing surgical team and by the grace of God, I was able to wake up after a 10-hour brain surgery. I made it. I survived. Following a craniotomy and clip ligation of my aneurysm, I spent two weeks in the hospital and from there after, I began the recovery process.
So here I am today to tell you my story…. If you’ve taken the time to read this long post, why not take the time to read more information about brain aneurysms? Know the facts. Know the warning signs and symptoms. You could save someone’s life…. or your own.