Brain Aneurysm Survivor Speaks Out to Raise Awareness

September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

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September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.

According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, an estimated one in 50 people have an un-ruptured brain aneurysm. 

A brain aneurysm is a weak or bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery very much like a thin balloon or weak spot on an inner tube.

Over time, the blood flow within the artery pounds against the thinned portion of the wall and aneurysms form silently from wear and tear on the arteries.

As the artery wall becomes gradually thinner from the dilation, the blood flow causes the weakened wall to swell outward which may cause the aneurysm to rupture and allow blood to escape into the space around the brain. 

Tammy Crocker, a survivor of 13 brain aneurysms, says that the condition snuck up on her without much warning.

She said that the sensation moved from her forehead to the top of her head, down in to her neck and shoulders, and within three minutes of the initial sensation, she felt an excruciating headache, a common symptom described by survivors.  

She went to the emergency room where they found blood in her spinal fluid.

She had surgery, but had to go back to the hospital multiple times for more surgeries and follow up care.

Altogether they found 13 Brain Aneurysms, but Tammy considers herself lucky.

Approximately 40 percent of people who have ruptures lose their lives.

Of those who survive, about 66 percent suffer some permanent deficit.

Warnings and symptoms for ruptured Brain Aneurysms include:

-Loss of Consciousness


-Stiff Neck

-Sudden blurred or double vision

-Sudden Severe headache

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If concerned, consult your doctor. 

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