BENEFITING: Brain Aneurysm Foundation Incorporated
Four years ago on January 9th, my mom, my sister and I were having a normal Sunday night (always how it starts...), watching Criminal Minds and chatting before I left to go back to school at Michigan State the next day and my sister went back to Chicago.
One second we were discussing the latest Hollywood scandal and the next my mom was having a grand-mal seizure, her whole body shaking uncontrollably. That night turned out to be the scariest night in my life, where we would hear my mom tell us her goodbyes.
She had a ruptured aneurysm. She made it through the surgery that night miraculously, but a week later suffered a stroke from vasospasms caused by the aneurysm rupture. She spent weeks in the ICU with her motor and speech skills compromised and unable to eat. A couple months as well in in-patient rehabilitation to try and improve her speech, gross and fine motor skills.
Almost 4 years later and my mom is the strong survivor that she always has been, but still has trouble with her speech and walking, and she cannot use her left arm. All this because of this impossible to prevent and sudden killer.
Ruptured brain aneurysms kill 40% of their victims, and 66% of the survivors have some permanent neurological deficits. 4 out of 7 people who recover from a ruptured brain aneurysm will have disabilities, but most people don't even survive the ride to the hospital.
We thank God everyday, that my mom was spared. However, there are so many others that were not spared when their undetected brain aneurysm ruptured. This is why I am dedicating my birthday to raise money for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, which will research this issue and hopefully stop brain aneurysms from taking the lives of any more unsuspecting moms, dads, and daughters. Donate and you can help, too.