I am running the Boston Marathon this April for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation Incorporated, an organization that through awareness, advocacy, and research funding dedicates itself to support its mission to save lives.
1 in 50 people in the US have an unruptured brain aneurysm, a brain aneurysm ruptures every 18 minutes, ruptures cause death 40% of the time. Those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit.
My rupture happened on June 3rd, 2016. It occurred at the YMCA, where I was teaching a yoga class. I was born again.
At a recent charity teams marathon prep event, our event coordinator (who is Susan Hurley - she is the best!) asked each person who intended to run to write down their intentions on an index card. For me, it was easy: I stated that I would be thinking about, and honoring, all those who did not make it from this condition. Plus, those who possibly can be saved.
And to save others - I need your help. Please support my cause through a donation.
My story: I was saved due to many variables. My rupture occurred amongst others. They recognized the severity and called 911. THANK YOU. Next, big shout out to the first responders, firefighters, and others that are the front-line warriors. Next, the amazing neurosurgery team at Brigham & Women's Hospital (BWH). They performed 4 brain operations. Thank you, Dr. Aziz-Sultan and team, you saved my life. In addition, thank you to the neurosurgical intensive care unit, and all those who cared for me.
My brain aneurysm rupture was clipped and coiled. Cause was a genetic AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation). Later this was embolized and removed.
I am quite lucky - having no neurological defects. Hence, I am extremely motivated to bring positivity to others. Why I continue to teach yoga. Why I am grateful to be alive, grateful to have the chance to support my kids entering college, and to always try to be a positive force in society.
Please consider supporting my cause for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation with your donation. Through education and required head MRIs, lives can be saved. Your support can help us reach this goal.
Brain Aneurysm Foundation Incorporated wrote:
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in 1994 by a renowned Boston neurosurgeon and neurosurgical nurse practitioner who recognized unmet needs among their patients and families as well as a perilous lack of awareness about brain aneurysms among the public and the medical community. Over the ensuing 23 years, the nonprofit Brain Aneurysm Foundation has grown to become the globally recognized leader in brain aneurysm awareness, education, support, advocacy, and research funding.
For more information, please visit bafound.org