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21 July 2003
To whom it may concern
This information is about my family history regarding Brain Aneurysm. My mother died in 1954 with a burst cranial aneurysm. She was 37 and left my father with four children. (three girls and one son)
My older sister died in 1975 with a burst cranial aneurysm. She was 34 and left a husband and three sons.
When my sister died, the doctor informed me and my two sisters we shouldn't worry as it was not due to heredity.
I am the youngest and only son. In 1986, age 37, I had a test for a low back problem because of a water skiing incident. My Doctor said he would not operate on my back until I was tested for a brain aneurysm due to the family history. I shared my family history information on a standard doctor's new patient form. He told me brain aneurysms may be a heredity problem.
I had a dye test and they found a cranial aneurysm. A week later, they clipped my aneurysm before it burst. I am alive today, 17 years later due to his expertise. He saved my life and grief for my family!!!
Perhaps this story may save others.
Update: 16 September 2009
How's the family?
Hard for me to believe, I had my aneurysm clipped back on 9-12-1986 when I was 37! I just turned the big 60 and I am doing fine as I was saved before it ruptured. Thanks to a smart surgeon----it may be heredity!
More back surgeries, but so be it, I am alive and well.
I ride my recumbent bike on a trail 7 days a week--5.5 miles a day. Sure makes a difference, lost weight, etc.
Just some other information for the family----- I have on my 4th neurosurgeon because of my back and I have requested a test for more aneurysms!
Good for all to know--- No! As an aneurysm takes many years to become weak and blow and I am good to go. My two children have been tested and both without a problem.
You all take care
Update: 8 November 2009
How's the family and wish all is well.
More news from my family. My oldest nephew(48) , at this moment, is in Iowa City with a leaking aneurysm. They plan on doing the coil today( Did not have it when I had mine clipped on 1986)
Please,family and friends who share these stories, have all your siblings,etc. checked before they have a bleed as my nephew is experiencing now. His mother is my oldest living sister and for some reason, they were afraid to be checked in advance. Mine was found because of a very wise Doctor who thought it was heredity back in 1986. I am alive and doing well. And both my children were tested and no aneurysms were found!
Love and best wishes to all.
Ted A. Gabrielson
Update: 12 November 2009
Hi Susan and the wonderful support from the Family.
Thanks to all who responded and shared empathy with myself and my nephews immediate family.
His surgeon told him he would have headaches the rest of his life. As you know , I had mine clipped before a bleed without headaches. (Zero)
Could the family share with me their recovery after a coil implant?
Thanking you all in advance and thank God he is alive.
Update: 10 November 2010
Hi Susan and all of our loyal group
Recently, I asked our group if anyone had problems of a coil backing out of an aneurysm, which my nephew, Mike was going through. I received many responses and grateful for them sharing their experiences.
Another miracle in my family as Mike had surgery today. They put three clips on the aneurysm and left the coil. He cleaned up some clots and gave him a 99.9% success!!
We are all so grateful he sailed through it all with flying colors!
Thank you and may God Bless to all.
Update: 21 October 2011
Just to let you know, I just passed my 25 years of my clipped aneurysm and feel fine as frog hair-(except I seem to get older everyday-Why is that?)
Well, I'm still here and enjoying life each day.
For all of you , I respond to--Hope all is well and wish you all the best.
May God Bless you all and be thankful we are blessed to enjoy our days!
Update: 23 November 2011
My update to you all, and you have heard it from me often. If your family has a history of deaths caused from a cranial aneurysms (Read my "Open Letter dated (7-21-2003). Get your family tested for an aneurysm before the bleed,like mine, as I was very lucky. They will not have to go through all the side effects and time to become yourself again. And as some of you know, it may not ever be the same after the fact!
A simple test and if nothing shows up, no worry,stress and all is well. If they find one, so what, a small clip to stop the blood flow to the weak spot and an easier recovery!
We only LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME, so enjoy each happy and grateful day to be with your family and friends!
God Bless you all.
Update: 14 May 2012
I realize we all miss Susan and I would like to ask each and everyone that belongs to our group to have their siblings and all tested for an aneurysm if someone had a bleed prior.
I have asked many times that I believe it is heredity on whatever side of the family it originated. My open letter ==July--2003 says it all and my updates. What's a test as so many are worried they may have one. If your worried about insurance payment, just fib and say your are having the worst headaches in your life. They will cover the test and if you have one, your recovery is nothing compared to a bleed first( Like my nephew)
I had mine clipped 26 years ago, before a bleed and have no side effects! Except getting older which is great as I would have dropped like my Mom and Oldest sister when they were in their 30's
God Bless you all and please just do it!
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