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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
Aug 28th, 2017
Jennifer B. from Springfield, TN signed.
Aug 28th, 2017
MaryAnn R. from Sneads Ferry, NC signed.
Aug 28th, 2017
Jamie P. from Suamico, WI writes:
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I survived a ruptured aneurysm and stroke on 12/15/12, that I wasn't even aware that I had until it ruptured and I almost died. I suffered from migraines for years but it was never brought up that it could have been from an aneurysm. Two more were found and I had a craniotomy to have those clipped on 4/2/14. I want more awareness and we need early screening and scanning, we don't have the best of odds when our problem is found versus other issues that have way more awareness in the world! We need to get this out for the whole world to understand.
Aug 28th, 2017
Tammy B. from Oak Grove, MO writes:
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I am 1 in 50... Having had 3 brain aneurysms. My father is also a survivor and sadly we have lost family members to this awful killer! Please help us raise awareness by making September brain aneurysm awareness month! Thank you!
Aug 28th, 2017
Lorrie N. from Rogersville, TN writes:
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12/10/16 I am one of the lucky few who survived a ruptured brain aneurysm. I never knew I even had one until I woke up after being taken off of life support a week later. 4 surgeries later I'm still here and still fighting. People need dedicated about this silent killer, most don't survive. Please help spread awareness and put us on the map!
Aug 28th, 2017
Someone from Leesburg, FL signed.
Aug 28th, 2017
Gia J. from St petersburg, FL writes:
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I am 1 in 50. Having just celebrated my 1 year anniversary of surviving a devastating rupture and subsequent Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
Aug 28th, 2017
Patricia B. from East Greenbush, NY signed.
Aug 28th, 2017
Diana B. from Warren, MA writes:
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I had a giant brain aneurysm and was told by my local hospital there was nothing they could do, to go home and get my things in order. I had three children and that was unacceptable. I found a Doctor at Lahey Hospital who saved my life. Eleven extra years so far he has given me. Thank you, Dr.Choi. We need more awareness , especially as my own Primary wrote off my symptoms as anxiety. Had I not pushed for answers, I would not be here.
Aug 28th, 2017
Jennifer S. from Dayton, TX writes:
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I am a multi brain anerysum survivor. February 1st and May 22nd 2017. Please help us with awarness. Save another life by awarness. Please
Aug 27th, 2017
Someone from Oshkosh, WI writes:
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I'm a brain aneurysm/SAH survivor, since December 2017. Please support awareness.
Aug 27th, 2017
Shirley A. from Orlando, FL writes:
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When 1 in 50 will suffer from a Brain Aneurysm, we need this month dedicated to bring more awareness, funding and research follow awareness! I lost my son to a brain bleed because we didn't know the signs.
Aug 27th, 2017
Jenna E. from Odessa, TX writes:
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As a caregiver, had we have been more educated on aneurysms, my life, and my husbands life would not have been changed so much. We would have known to seek help sooner. It was almost to late.
Aug 27th, 2017
Laura Y. from Hillsboro, MO writes:
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I am aneurysm survivor, I am one of the lucky ones, mine was found before it ruptured. I have 18 coils and 2 stents, there are a lot of people who aren't so lucky. People who suffer horrific deficits when an aneurysm ruptures, not only the victim suffers, but the families also. Awareness definitely should be a priority with this life threatening event! Thank you.
Aug 27th, 2017
Mary W. from Columbia, PA signed.
Aug 27th, 2017
Tammy C. from Denver, CO writes:
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As an aneurysm survivor and a member of many Support Groups, I see the devastation people experience because of this terrible, life changing event. We need awareness, it is a hemorraghic stroke and deserves to be in the spotlight.
Aug 27th, 2017
Cyndi H. from Elburn, IL signed.
Aug 26th, 2017
Shaneen H. from Fontana, CA writes:
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Hi, I am a ruptured Brain Aneurysm survivor. Please support and make September National Brain Aneurysm Month. So many people have died recently from Brain Aneurysms because there is not enough awareness. Please help I was lucky.
Aug 25th, 2017
Someone from Park Forest, IL signed.
Aug 24th, 2017
Someone from Oswego, IL signed.
Aug 24th, 2017
Ryan J. from Braidwood, IL signed.
Aug 24th, 2017
Tracy O. from Downers Grove, IL signed.
Aug 23rd, 2017
Caroline W. from Braidwood, IL signed.
Aug 23rd, 2017
Elizabeth H. from Pocola, OK writes:
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Far too many people suffer long term consequences from brain aneurysms
Aug 23rd, 2017
Sean B. from Savannah, GA writes:
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I am a brain aneurysm rupture survivor that would not of had to endure a rupture if there was public awareness for this life threatening event that happens to individuals. I do not want to see others suffer the way I have had to in order to recover at 23 years old.
Aug 23rd, 2017
Diane N. from Hollister, MO writes:
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I am interested in topic because I have been a success after 2 brain aneurysm surgeries!!
Aug 23rd, 2017
Alisa S. from Plainfield, IL signed.
Aug 23rd, 2017
Staci W. from Braidwood, IL writes:
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Please help us make September National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month
Aug 23rd, 2017
Amanda R. from Rudy, AR writes:
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I had a ruptured SAH anuresym in March of 2017. It has put a great deal of devastation on my family as we try to recover and learn a new way of life with my deficits. Please make awareness nationwide and screenings more available to all to save lives of many. Signed Survivor Strong 2017 !!!!
Aug 21st, 2017
Giovanna H. from Memphis, TN signed.
Aug 18th, 2017
Jeroen V. from Fayetteville, AR writes:
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My wife was 50 years old when she suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm on March 6, 2014. I was traveling at the time while she was airlifted to St Vincent hospital in Little Rock. We are very greatful for the excellent care of the Neurosurgeon, Dr. Ali Krisht he was able to save her life. Now 4 years later, she is doing well. We went trough more than a year dealings with seizures but this all went away.
Aug 17th, 2017
Samantha S. from Palmyra, VA writes:
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My mom survived two ruptured brain aneurysms in 1996.
Aug 17th, 2017
Lori D. from Williamston, MI signed.
Aug 16th, 2017
Courtney C. from Seattle, WA writes:
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In loving memory of my Dad, who we lost suddenly 3 weeks ago due to a ruptured aneurysm. With all the data and technology at our fingertips, I believe we need more action.
Aug 16th, 2017
Erika T. from Littleton, MA signed.
Aug 16th, 2017
Tisha P. from New York, NY writes:
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I lost my mom 3 years ago due to a ruptured Brain Aneurysm. She had no warning signs... Please put this on the map and make it a national day all over the world.... Please help us take action on raising awareness of this slient killer.
Aug 14th, 2017
Laura M. from Lindenhurst, NY writes:
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Please take action to help bring awareness to Brain Aneurysm! I was lucky enough to survive and I want to see any other person who suffers this to come thru it as well as I did!! Please help!
Aug 13th, 2017
Diane A. from Vineland, NJ signed.
Aug 13th, 2017
Thomasina C. from Reading, PA signed.
Aug 13th, 2017
Devra W. from Ridgeland, SC signed.