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Tell Congress: Put Brain Aneurysm Awareness On The Map

You Can Help Declare September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

Shirley Dudek Demmer was a loving wife and the proud mother of two sons and a daughter. Just 54 years old, she was focused on planning for the future with her husband and children. She tirelessly dedicated her life to the family she cherished, the home that she treasured, and the community that she loved. This all changed on November 12, 2007.

In the midst of preparing dinner one night, Shirley collapsed suddenly. Her husband called an ambulance and she was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors broke the news to her stunned family that a brain aneurysm rupture had caused catastrophic damage. Surgeons tried to repair the damage, but were unable to save her.

Shirley's family was shocked by her sudden death that came without warning. Shirley exercised regularly and was in seemingly perfect health. Her husband said she had had every medical test that was recommended and kept meticulous notes of the results.

Shirley was a person of extreme warmth and caring. Throughout her life, she was dedicated to family, faith and community. Her philanthropic efforts, particularly in the area of women's rights and violence against women, had a remarkable effect on everyone whose lives she touched. Her three children were never able to say goodbye. Her husband, her family and her friends were left trying to make sense of their loss. They lost a mother, a wife, a good friend, and an important member of her town’s community.

Every year over 30,000 families in the U.S. experience the unspeakable tragedy caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm.  About 40% of those experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm will die. Those that survive often face significant challenges, greatly impacting their lives and the lives of their families.
 
Families like Shirley's are asking you for your support by sending a message to your representatives in Congress by signing this petition. 

1 in 50 people will develop a brain aneurysm. If a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures.  Lives can be saved if people know the risks, the signs, and when to get help.

It is critical that you help raise awareness of brain aneurysms, including methods of early detection and treatment.

Your support of H. Res. 667 introduced by Representative Tiberi and Representative Neal would have a tremendous impact and would be much appreciated by those whose lives have been impacted by brain aneurysms, as well as a big thank you to the Senate for passing resolution S. Res. 438, sponsored by Senator Markey and Senator Ayotte.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation asks you to please sign below to support H. Res. 667 and to thank your Senators for passing S. Res. 438 to make September National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. 

 

Public Comments
Jun 9th, 2017
Someone from Loxahatchee, FL signed.
Jun 9th, 2017
Morgan S. from Palm Beach Gardens, FL signed.
Jun 9th, 2017
Someone from Augusta, GA signed.
Jun 9th, 2017
Jazz A. from Green Bay, WI writes:
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Brain aneurysms have impacted aneurysm. They killed my sister, and I have another relative who was lucky to survive. I've been informed that brain aneurysms run in my family, and usually are from birth.... it's horrifying not knowing my own status... I worry every day that I might have one...
Jun 6th, 2017
Lynnette G. from Perth Amboy, NJ signed.
Jun 6th, 2017
Someone from Spokane, WA writes:
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Thank you to the thousands of people that work daily to help those of us that have suffered brain aneurysms. We know the blessing of each day and pray that freedom for those around us that could be spared this trauma through knowledge and service. Thank you. Thank you.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Alice M. from New Hyde Park, NY signed.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Someone from San Antonio, TX signed.
Jun 2nd, 2017
Steve S. from Kingsville, OH writes:
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I had a brain aneurysm in 2015.the doctor said it was the worst one he's ever seen and I was lucky to be alive. I slept three nights at home with a severe headache and finally went to the hospital I'm so lucky to be alive I should be dead.
Jun 1st, 2017
Barbara Gail S. from Ponchatoula, LA writes:
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I am in support of it as I am a survivor of a ruptured brain aneurysm. It is very critical that awareness, methods of early detection and treatment be supported. Life, your entire life and body, changes after a ruptured aneurysm, nothing is the same if you survive.
Jun 1st, 2017
Charrell M. from Roosevelt, NY writes:
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Next week make 4 years since i had my ruptured aneurysm. It happened at 21 and i am greatful to still be here. Its hereditary and i am the first to actually win the battle. I still have my check ups and more. Working is difficult cause of the headaches. I want people to know more about it.
Jun 1st, 2017
Dorothea L. from Fredericksburg, VA writes:
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30,000 people die every year of a ruptured brain aneurysm. Our 55 year old daughter was one of those who lost her life to it May 9, 2013! Please help let congress know we want to declare September as National Brain Aneurysm month! Awareness & research can help save lives!
May 31st, 2017
Janice W. from Keeseville, NY writes:
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I am one of the 1 and 50 who had a ruptured brain aneurysm. Despite delays in diagnosis at my local ER, I survived and am grateful to be alive. We need to spread awareness and this will help.
May 30th, 2017
Lourdes H. from North Las Vegas, NV signed.
May 30th, 2017
Tamara B. from North Las Vegas, NV signed.
May 27th, 2017
Someone from Round Lake, IL signed.
May 27th, 2017
Karen K. from Douglasville, GA writes:
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I am 1 in 50. I am thankful to have survived but my life has changed. Even though I had some symptoms and was going to Doctors it was misdiagnosed. Awareness is so important to saving more lives! I say a prayer for those who didn't survive, and encourage those who did.
May 27th, 2017
Ann B. from Spencer, IN signed.
May 27th, 2017
Kathy T. from Round Lake, IL writes:
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For my 27 year old niece, Sarah, who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm 4 months ago today. She survived, thankfully, but her life is forever changed. She suffered for years prior to the rupture, with no diagnosis. We must bring more awareness, now. For Sarah, and the other blessed survivors, and in memory of those lives lost to ruptured brain aneurysms.
May 27th, 2017
Someone from Mchenry, IL signed.
May 26th, 2017
Cristine T. from Lake Villa, IL writes:
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Awareness awareness awareness
May 26th, 2017
Lisa S. from Waukesha, WI signed.
May 26th, 2017
Rosanne T. from Lake Villa, IL signed.
May 26th, 2017
Alice T. from Apollo Beach, FL writes:
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I am 1 in 50. A survivor asking you to support H. Res 667 . Thank you for passing H. Res 668 making September National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, I will be walking at Jones Beach, NY on September 23 to raise funds for this cause. This is a live changing event, if it does not take your life.
May 26th, 2017
Michele C. from Grayslake, IL writes:
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For my dear friend's 27 year old daughter, Sarah, who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm 4 months ago today. She survived, thankfully, but her life is forever changed. She suffered for years prior to the rupture, with no diagnosis. We must bring more awareness, now. For Sarah, and the other blessed survivors, and in memory of those lives lost to ruptured brain aneurysms.
May 26th, 2017
Cindy H. from Wheeling, IL writes:
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For my 27 year old daughter Sarah, who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm 4 months ago today. She survived, thankfully, but her life is forever changed. She suffered for years prior to the rupture, with no diagnosis. We must bring more awareness, now. For Sarah, and the other blessed survivors, and in memory of those lives lost to ruptured brain aneurysms.
May 26th, 2017
Mary e C. from Hempstead, NY signed.
May 26th, 2017
Someone from Mount Holly, NJ signed.
May 26th, 2017
Alfred H. J. from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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MY sister suddenly died due to a ruptured brain aneurysm on May 12th, 2017. She was 28 years old and she was my older sister. Even though this is a rare issue, making others aware of it is paramount to help spread awareness and hopefully cause others to get checked. The majority of people I spoke, to or asked me about why this happened to her, had no idea what an aneurysm was. We need to spread awareness so that more people can take preventative actions. I wish no other family has to go through what mine is going through now.
May 26th, 2017
Tina W. from Westerville, OH writes:
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I am 1 in 50. Unlike Shirley, I survived my rupture. I am currently living with two unruptured brain aneurysms. Until this happened to me, I was completely unaware of brain aneurysms. I believe this ailment deserves the same level of attention cancer gets. Bring awareness - it's a silent killer as 1 in 50 people have unruptured brain aneurysms and they are completely unaware of it. Let's shed some light on the silent killer.
May 26th, 2017
Vee Lynn R. from Huron, OH writes:
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I survived a subarachnoid Hemorrhage in 2004, I also had two strokes, had I known the warning signs I would have taken myself to the hospital before the bleed, we all need to be more aware of this, I am truly blessed to have survived but I feel it was to reach out and let everyone know signs and symptoms... and my Neurologist also told me to have my daughters tested after the age of 25 with an MRI
May 26th, 2017
Someone from Elizabethtown, KY writes:
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This is serious and many people do not know they have brain aneurysm like me They are the mystery health condition that can kill people if not found and treated
May 25th, 2017
Someone from Hillsborough, NC writes:
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I am a survivor of this very thing, there should be a test for it, was always in good shape, went to the annual physical, ending up driving myself to hospital after two days of migraines, that is when they found it and coiled it via stint. the only physical therapy they prescribed was 12 weeks of walking, no med even, that a miracle, went back to work as a systems analyst in information technology.
May 22nd, 2017
Mary B. from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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My daughter had 1/5 of a bleed to her brain at 21 years old. She lost her perforated vision and her cognitive skills were lost. She still struggles to remember the simple things in life. I want to help in anyway I can.
May 18th, 2017
Someone from Lakewood, OH writes:
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Please make September National Brian Aneurysm Awareness Month.
May 17th, 2017
Someone from Suffern, NY signed.
May 15th, 2017
Jill W. from Pensacola, FL writes:
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I experienced an aneurysm on August 14, 2016. Luckily I received immediate and excellent care! I am very fortunate to have a large family to help me. I am on SS income only, and can't drive yet, am unable to work, it's difficult to receive rehabilitative care. There are many things I struggle with, this will be lifelong. My whole support system is involved with my daily activities, even though I technically am not "disabled". This injury is devastating to a large number of people! Having suffered from migraines my whole life, I have my suspicions that it was a probable warning that I should have followed up on. Awareness would help people like me, to get checked or screened earlier, perhaps avoid the brain damage I now have.
May 12th, 2017
Timothy S. from Mc Cordsville, IN signed.
May 12th, 2017
Someone from Phoenix, AZ signed.
May 9th, 2017
Kylie P. from Martinsville, IN writes:
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I lost my cousin who was also my best friend on February 25th 2017. Her name is Kristina Michelle Souders she was just 27 years old. No one had any idea she even had the aneurysm. She was taken to Methodist hospital in Indianapolis Indiana on February 24th and the 25th her young life came to an end. Being 23 I didn't really know anything about aneurysms until her death and i starting doing research and making posts on Facebook to spread awareness but I do not feel like enough is being spread. I plan to try to do things to more awareness also like maybe a walk or t-shirts and continuing making Facebook posts. Lives are ending everyday. Peoples lives are being changed forever. Something needs done!