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  • March 31, 2023
    ‘I Hit The Floor’: Tamala Jones Opens Up About Suffering Brain Aneurysm
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  • February 19, 2023
    ‘Saving Private Ryan’ Actor Tom Sizemore Hospitalized After Suffering Brain Aneurysm
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  • January 25, 2023
    Preventing Brain Aneurysm Ruptures; Education, Awareness, Research
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  • December 15, 2022
    Meet Research Grant Recipient: Stacey Wolfe, MD, FAANS
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  • December 07, 2022
    Hancock County Couple Shares ‘One Of A Kind’ Brain Bleed Story
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  • December 06, 2022
    Meet Research Grant Recipient: Ananth K. Vellimana, MD
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  • October 27, 2022
    A Mom Thought Stress and Her Pregnancy Caused Her Devastating Headaches. It Was a Giant Aneurysm
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  • October 20, 2022
    Meet Research Grant Recipient: Ben Strickland, MD
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  • October 20, 2022
    Meet Research Grant Recipients: Alfred P. See, PhD and Shivani Rangwala
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  • October 20, 2022
    Meet Research Grant Recipient: Edgar A. Samaniego, MD, MS
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  • AdventHealth Brain Aneurysm Support Group

    Winter Park, FL

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  • Baltimore Brain Aneurysm Foundation Support Group

    Lutherville-Timonium, MD

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  • Bay Area Aneurysm and Vascular Malformation Support Group

    San Francisco, CA

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  • October 19, 2022
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Triathlete Achieves Her Goal After Doctor Discovers Brain Aneurysm

Sandy Neargarder has a lot to celebrate. To finish her first Ironman triathlon, she swam 2.4 miles, biked for 112, and then ran a full marathon.

“I’m proud of this,” Neargarder said, wearing her Ironman shirt. “Best shape of my life.” Getting there took about seven years. Neargarder started with a 5-K run and then learned how to swim.

With the support of a local triathlon team, she signed up for some shorter triathlon events and completed them all. “Then I said, ‘You know, it’s time to go for the big one,'” Neargarder said. “I really want to do a full Ironman, and the thought of it is a little intimidating.”

Neargarder knew the training would push her body to the extreme.

At a regular appointment with her doctor, she mentioned lightheadedness sometimes after she exercised.

He scheduled a CAT scan as a precaution, but soon after it was done, Neargarder’s phone rang.


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