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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. 

 

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Aug 31st, 2011
Babette B. from El Dorado, CA signed.
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Someone from Vista, CA writes:
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My mom is a survivor of a brain aneurysm 11 years ago. Suffered a major stroke during her 27 hour long surgery to repair and is now alive but disabled. Health Care industry needs to take this much more serioulsy when a person comes to them with headaches and pains in their heads.
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Karen N. from Brooklyn, NY signed.
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Phyllis M. from Winston Salem, NC writes:
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On January 26, 2010, I developed a Brian Aneurysm suddenly while preparing to watch a basketball game. I had no idea at the time what was happening to me. Due to my husband being home that night, he dialed 911. EMT's were immediately dispatched, they got me stablized and transported me to the ER where they immediately did a Brain CT Scan and found a ruptured Aneurysm. Surgery was performed the next morning with success by clipping the Aneurysm. I was watched very closely for side effects of blood on the brain where strokes could have occurred. I was in the hospital for 17 days. I thank my good Lord for allowing me to still be here for my husband and my family. I realize how fortunate I am, so I am wanting others to be aware of the risk and also be able to have proper screening to identify problems if they exist, before a catastrophic event happens.
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Avis W. from Chicago, IL writes:
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Please make September Brain Aneurysm month,we need a month because this is something very serious.
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Someone from Fairfield, IL writes:
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I was dignosed with a aneurysm in February. If the doctors wouldnt have caught it then I dont know where i would be today. I think September should be National Braion Aneurysum Awareness Month
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Krissy C. from Cincinnati, OH writes:
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Make September Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month!!!
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Linda G. from South Bend, IN writes:
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I am a survivor. Aneurysms are present in 1 in 50 people. Look around at any crowd over 50 people and you are seeing some that will die or be close to death because most people don't know about aneurysms.
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