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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
Jul 8th, 2017
Patricia T. from Waldorf, MD writes:
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Let's raise awareness about brain and other type of aneurysms.
Jul 6th, 2017
Bernard V. from Detroit, MI writes:
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I am a survivor of a brain aneurysm that I was unaware of rupturing in my head. I personally feel that brain aneurysms are just as important to bring awareness to as cancer, autism, and everything else.
Jul 6th, 2017
Barbara H. from Corona, NY writes:
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My partner lost his mother unexpectedly and tragically due to a ruptured aneurysm, which led to multiple strokes. Surgery attempts were made but unfortunately failed. This has left us and his family devastated. Seems like this is almost like a silent killer-no obvious warnings or at least no warnings that would have prompted us to get her evaluated before it was too late. For this reason brain aneurysm awareness is sooooo necessary.
Jul 4th, 2017
Matthew S. from Rensselaer, NY signed.
Jul 4th, 2017
Corinne S. from Houston, TX writes:
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In loving memory of my mother, Brenda Perkinson who passed away suddenly at the age of 54, one day shy of her 55th birthday. Research and awareness is critical and could save lives!
Jun 29th, 2017
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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Medical Research is absolutely essential especially if it can save a life.
Jun 27th, 2017
Beth B. from Richmond, VA writes:
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The same happened to me if my husband wasn't home with me that early Saturday morning I could have died too. For every one person I tell my story to, each one has had someone who has died or barely survived one.Thank goodness I went to a hospital were the Dr. And hospital specialized in Aneurysms, even the paramedics didn't know the symptoms, they thought it was menegitis, so they slowly drove me stopping at lights and everything to the hospital.But I survived, and as I was getting better I look for support groups in Richmond VA.but there was none. As I went on I got depressed because I wasn't my complete self anymore. My Dr.told me you are now considered a person with a brain injury, I try to be normal as much as possible, but that may never be again. But I'm here, I had to get back to work (at a preschool) because the Dr.and hospital bills started rolling in. Nobody takes it seriously because they can't see any scares or you still look the some, not knowing it feels like bugs are crawling in my head, that I have to really concentrate to do things right, and many more.Thank you for making September the awareness month for this MORE PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE THAT A HEADACHE COULD BE AN ANEURYSM!!!
Jun 18th, 2017
Gabriela L. from Glendale, CA writes:
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I just lost my mom suddenly who was healthy and we didn't see the symptoms. She lost her dad the same way.
Jun 17th, 2017
Jennifer G. from Reno, NV writes:
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21years later when I was 26yrs old, I had a aneurysm rupture in my Brain, It was Aug 1, 2014 and since then I have had 5 more aneurysm on top of the one that had ruptured. I have had 5 total major Brain surgeries so far. I wish I could live a normal 29yr old life, but my life has changed. I Believe in this bill an I do believe that we all need to bring awareness to this terrible thing. I will always tell my story and try to bring awareness because everyone should know about this.
Jun 16th, 2017
Deanne T. from Upper Marlboro, MD writes:
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In loving memory of my big brother Chris March. Let's help raise awareness of brain aneurysms.
Jun 15th, 2017
Elizabeth B. from Laurel, MD writes:
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In memory of Chris March, please tell the public about early detection and treatment of brain aneurysms.
Jun 15th, 2017
Jody L. from Baltimore, MD writes:
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In memory of Chris March, please make others more aware of brain aneurysms.
Jun 15th, 2017
Tiki N. from Lanham, MD writes:
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For my close friend Reggie Pope and for Chris March
Jun 15th, 2017
Nicole T. from Upper Marlboro, MD writes:
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For Chris March!!
Jun 15th, 2017
Tanya P. from Clarksburg, MD signed.
Jun 15th, 2017
Someone from Bowie, MD writes:
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For Chris March!!!
Jun 15th, 2017
Sheila S. from Alexandria, VA writes:
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For Chris March
Jun 15th, 2017
Darnyelle L. from Glen Burnie, MD signed.
Jun 15th, 2017
Rachel D. from Randallstown, MD signed.
Jun 15th, 2017
Tamika D. from Great Mills, MD writes:
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Make September National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.
Jun 15th, 2017
Marquita D. from Laurel, MD signed.
Jun 15th, 2017
Ashlei P. from Reisterstown, MD signed.
Jun 15th, 2017
Amber P. from Ahoskie, NC signed.
Jun 15th, 2017
Someone from Oviedo, FL signed.
Jun 14th, 2017
Robert D. from Fort Washington, MD signed.
Jun 13th, 2017
Mark C. from Manassas, VA signed.
Jun 13th, 2017
Lakeishsa P. from Reisterstown, MD writes:
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Brain aneurysms have been a battle for few years now and lost my boyfriend to a reoccurrence of his third growth of another one in May! I would like to see more research/education of this medical condition of the brain and make September Brain Aneurysm Awareness month!
Jun 11th, 2017
Ann S. from Roanoke, VA writes:
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I suffered a brain aneurysm in February 1993, it was successfully clipped in March 1993. After a long recovery, I'd say recovered to 95% of what I was pre-aneurysm. My memory and memory loss are the biggest side effects I see on a daily basis.
Jun 10th, 2017
Someone from Staten Island, NY writes:
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My Dad suffered from brain aneurysm hemorrhage on June 9, 2012. He was in coma for 6 months. He passes away on December 8, 2012. It came out of nowhere he was a only 50 years old.
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.