Brain Aneurysm

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Brain Aneurysm
Brain Aneurysm

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Five Years After A Brain Aneurysm, Fear Of Dying Can't Make Me Quit Living

As I sat down to write today, it dawned on me that this might come off as a touch self-indulgent. But then I realized that a blog, by definition, is inherently self-indulgent, is it not? So here goes…

Five years ago today was the single worst day of my life. Two weeks earlier, a three-month battle with debilitating migraines ended in a terrifying diagnosis: a brain aneurysm. And on the morning of May 9th, 2008, I kissed my wife goodbye before being wheeled into an operating room, where Dr. Robert Rosenwasser of Thomas Jefferson Hospital proceeded to cut through my skull, recess my brain, and clip off the offending artery.

While many of the events of that day have…

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 Five Years After A Brain Aneurysm, Fear Of Dying Can't Make Me Quit Living

Because of these terrifying statistics, there simply aren’t that many aneurysm survivors among us, and many of those who do survive are not as fortunate as I was, and suffer either enough of a bleed or complications from surgery that leave them unable to return to an active lifestyle.

Aneurysm Aphorisms

On 3 July 2013 I was diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm, which later turned out to be two. This blog is a journey into my brain as I deal to the aneurysms lurking there. Along the way I'm calling on the collective proverbial wisdom and sage advice of some recognised (and maybe a few not-so-recognised) writers for aphorisms which complement my journey.

Heidi's Brain Blog

I am a two-time brain aneurysm survivor. I had a rupture in 2006 and that was coiled and then in 2011 a 2nd one was discovered and that was clipped (un-ruptured) in January, 2014. During that time period I also lost my sister to a ruptured brain aneurysm and my husband’s niece died of a rupture. Unfortunately, my family has been doubly touched by this silent killer. Writing this blog has not only been therapeutic for me over the years, but I have been told it has helped a few people since I started it in 2006.

Brain Aneurysm Foundation

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation provides support and educational materials to the medical community, the newly diagnosed, survivors, family members, friends and the general public regarding the facts, treatment options, and recovery process for brain aneurysms. With the help of the medical community, remain steadfast and earnest in the pursuit of brain aneurysm research that can directly benefit those affected.

Brain Aneurysms

The American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (ASITN) is a non-profit educational society of physicians and scientists interested in interventional and therapeutic neuroradiology. ASITN's mission is to promote excellence in patient care, provide education, support research, influence health care policy, and foster the growth of its specialty.

Joe Niekro Foundation

The Joe Niekro Foundation™ is committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of Brain Aneurysms, AVMs and Hemorrhagic Strokes. We provide education on the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while funding the advancement of neurological research.™ is committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of Brain Aneurysms, AVMs and Hemorrhagic Strokes. We provide education on the risk factors, causes and treatments of these conditions, while funding the advancement of neurological research.

Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness

Our goal is to provide support to the brain aneurysm community, help fund research, and raise public awareness regarding early detection and treatment of brain aneurysms.

Personal Stories

Brain aneurysm survivors are a small population of people, but they are growing larger as medical technology continues to grow and early detection and treatment of brain aneurysms becomes more prevalent. At support group meetings, survivors often share their stories. Telling the story is important for a survivor/family member. Reading the story also benefits the reader who learns how each person has coped with his/her symptoms after the aneurysm. Here are stories of those affected by brain aneurysms.

The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation

The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation (TAAF) is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to bettering the lives, support networks, and medical care of those affected by aneurysm and other vascular malformations of the brain. We are an all-volunteer organization run by survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals.

The Bee Foundation

The mission of The Bee Foundation is to raise awareness of brain aneurysms and increase funding for innovative research that changes lives. We are building a robust and dynamic brain aneurysm research community with our Scientific Advisory Board, donors and network of researchers interested in grant funding to support meaningful research. Our community, anchored by our grant recipients, is committed to advancing brain aneurysm research.

The Toronto Brain Vascular Malformation Study Group

A cerebral aneurysm is a bulge or balloon like dilatation/swelling of the wall of a blood vessel in the brain. It is a weakening in the wall with a propencity to rupture.

Life After Your Brain Explodes

When I was 25, I had a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. I later joined a brain injury support group -- reluctantly.


Most brain aneurysms, however, don't rupture, create health problems or cause symptoms. Such aneurysms are often detected during tests for other conditions.


Cerebral aneurysms are common, but most are asymptomatic and are found incidentally at autopsy.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Some cerebral aneurysms, particularly those that are very small, do not bleed or cause other problems. These types of aneurysms are usually detected during imaging tests for other medical conditions. Cerebral aneurysms can occur anywhere in the brain, but most form in the major arteries along the base of the skull. Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone and at any age. They are most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 60 and are more common in women than in men. People with certain inherited disorders are also at higher risk.

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