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Brain Injury Narratives.  Personal experiences message board. This site is living proof of how sharing personal experiences can help. Dating back to 1995.

Nicole's Website  Nicole Dryburgh, who was 21, beat cancer three times but died peacefully in hospital on Sunday after suffering a brain haemorrhage. ... AN INSPIRATIONAL author and fund-raiser died suddenly last weekend, seven years after being given just weeks to live.

    She was my inspiration.

Here are some of her honours.

"This is one of the most uplifting sites that I have ever visited, after 13years on the internet." Walter. 06 06 07.

Update   Crippled by cancer Nicole could have given up on life.....instead she's opening her diary to give others hope. Update Bee Gee Robin Gibb is due to attend his first reception as a Diana Award ambassador as five youngsters receive the honour for being positive role models. Among those being presented with honours at the 11 Downing Street reception is Nicole Drysburgh, 19, from Maidstone, Kent, an author and fund-raiser.  14 06 09. Latest

Elfredo ? Cant spell the rest.  The first ever reported case of clipping a ruptured double aneurysm through the nose is done at UNC Hospital.   Amazing story a must see. Walter.

Derek Mclean Suffered a bleed on the right hand side of his brain which left him disabled on his left hand side, a poor short term memory, and short attention span. He also found simple tasks hard to do, easily confused, poor sight to brain coordination and with epilepsy due to scarring on his brain. He has tried to overcome these problems and has done a podcast about the stroke and his alcohol experiences. Derek has also written a book Return Ticket Please about his experiences of surviving an alcohol-related stroke in his 30s.

Elizabeth Shean  Caring for my Dad who has Dementia.

Celesha Huese  Has a device that helps her walk after 20 years following a brain haemorrhage.

Amanda Anderson  It's a dangerous condition for both adults and kids, but surgery to repair aneurysms is more dangerous in children. One doctor is taking some of the fear out of brain surgery for kids through a new, more minimally invasive procedure.

Brain Aneurysm Awareness  AS a survivor I feel it's my duty (and I want to) educate people what aneurysms are, risk factors, symptoms etc etc

Jim Fitspatric  Enjoy the success story of an Emory University Hospital patient who suffered a brain aneurysm and survived.

Steven Waterston  The 37-year-old from Edinburgh is a former Army chef who has battled back to fitness after suffering two brain haemorrhages and a myriad of other health problems, ranging from meningitis to partial blindness.

Molly Moore  A stroke patent at the age of six.

Mia Austin  Fun-loving Mia Austin, 21, was totally paralysed and left unable to move any part of her body except her eyes.

Charlotte Gainsbourg To hell and back.

Colin Corker  When medics gently told Colin Corker that his then ten-year-old daughter Lauren needed a kidney transplant, he had to catch his breath. A virus had attacked her kidneys, destroying their ability to function. Without a donor kidney, the little girl's life hung in the balance.

Tom Hilton   For the best part of 18 months, Tom has lived with severe headaches, confusion and forgetfulness, following a freak accident, which could have killed him.

Sarah Phillips After saying an emotional farewell to her dying mother, Sarah Phillips, 16, decided to produce a personal tribute to Debbie Phillips's four-year battle against cancer. Alone in her bedroom, Sarah read the words of the song "Autumn", by Scottish singer Paulo Nutini, from the internet.

Julie Swinburne  Landed her first job in 16 years after a brain haemorrhage which almost claimed her life and left her unable to work.

Margaret Page  Has became the face of a debate which drew euthanasia supporters, legal experts and the Catholic Church to speak out on her decision to starve herself to death. Last night, 16 days after she stopped eating, the 60-year-old woman died at a Wellington rest home. Mrs. Page had crammed her life with karate, scuba diving, kayaking and sporting activity before suffering a brain haemorrhage while kayaking down the Otaki River in 1991.

Rebecca Winchell  Aneurysm survivor talks why she started about the "Aces Against Aneurysm" tennis tournament to be held April 19, 2010 in Mandeville, La. She founded the charity as a way to increase awareness of brain aneurysms in South Louisiana.

Lori Rush  If you've got 3 minutes, give yourself a shot of inspiration:

UW Medicine Brain Aneurysm Center  "Brain aneurysms are challenging to treat, especially since a patient may have no symptoms until the aneurysm ruptures and becomes a life-threatening condition. This edition of Inside Access follows three doctors and their patients, Roxie and Cora, at the UW Medicine Brain Aneurysm Center at Harborview. Cora receives endovascular treatment, while Roxie's surgery includes a technique of bypassing the brain's blood vessels with a graft from her radial artery. CINE recently recognized this program with its most distinguished award, the Golden Eagle, for high production standards in filmmaking and videography."

What if ?  What if you woke up one day and you didn't know who or where you were? Or seemed to have half the body you had before? And what if you couldn't even tell people about it.

Sandy and Cristina Malcolm   Brain-damaged Cristina was left with a 10-minute memory after she suffered a haemorrhage which went undetected by her GP and hospital staff.

Sara Payne  The mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne is critically ill in hospital after complications following brain surgery. Sara is said to have responded well to treatment. Ms. Payne, 40, had surgery in 2008 for a ruptured aneurysm.

Teen undergoes lifesaving surgery An Alaska teen gets the gift of life after having a brain aneurysm removed.

Man on a mission Lee Cassidy of Brora.  The date seared onto his brain is 26/6/2007, when he endured a medical trauma which was to change his life. It was the day that time suddenly stood still for the offshore worker, as he literally hovered between life and death after suffering a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage or stroke.

Story buy the Northern Times

Alberto Contador   Sunday’s win is a remarkable feat for Contador, who was absent from last year’s Tour and who almost died from a brain haemorrhage in 2004.

David MacBeath   For David MacBeath, the award is another triumph over the life-threatening brain haemorrhage he suffered in 2005 – forcing him to give up building work after 22 years. He now works as a receptionist at the Dornoch Hotel and has just completed his two-year Higher National Certificate hospitality course at the nearby campus of North Highland College UHI.

Meg Jones   For a bridegroom to feel blessed on his wedding day is not unexpected. But as Josh Hill rose to toast his new bride's family and friends, he found himself choked with emotion.

Dr Lars Muckli  Scientists say they have solved the mystery of how a girl with half a brain has near perfect vision in one eye.

Stuart Cade-Westcombe  A lot has changed over the past seven months for Stuart Cade-Westcombe. In September last year, the 14-year-old suffered a massive brain haemorrhage, was rushed to his local hospital in Milton Keynes, and then on to Great Ormond Street Hospital where he was put in to a medically-induced coma that his mother was told he might never wake up from.

Lt. Colette McLennan  Seattle firefighter Colette has returned to saving lives after almost losing her own

Grace Maxwell    THE inspirational story of singer Edwyn Collins' fight back to health has been written by the woman who knows him best - his wife Grace Maxwell.

John Whitaker   The Olympic rider had no idea nine years ago that he was walking around with a life- threatening brain condition.

Jason Napier  This week will probably be Jason Napier’s most significant week of his life – and he’s only 23. His life is in the hands of brain surgeons. He may wake up blind or mute. Or he may die.

Rosie Lovell  Written while recovering from a brain haemorrhage, this foodie bible reflects its author's penchant for over-indulgence, with plenty of hangover remedies.

Alison Silva  A struggling painter discovered her painting style turned darker, deeper - and up twenty times more valuable - after a tumour began to affect her brain. However artist Alison Silva, 33, was left with a tough decision: have an operation to remove the deadly mass inside her skill, or carry on painting, but with the risk of a fatal haemorrhage at any moment. She has made the controversial decision to leave the mass of blood vessels where it is and hope 'that nothing bad will happen'.

Maryam d'Abo In 2007 former Bond girl Maryam d’Abo suffered a brain haemorrhageand was lucky to survive . Here she describes how, after the initial 'lightning strike,' it took a week of searing pain before the aneurysm was finally diagnosed.

Alison Frith  A Lancashire mother who survived a life-threatening brain haemorrhage while giving birth to twins is celebrating the birth of a new baby boy.

Anne-Marie Farrar   Former Addenbrooke’s patient, Anne-Marie Farrar, is suPporting a new appeal by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust to raise money towards an innovative mobile CT scanner for the Neurosciences department at Addenbrooke’s.

Mike Halshaw  A CLARETS-mad family man who lives in France is hoping to recover from major brain surgery in time to make it to Wembley. Mike was so confident Burnley would make it to the play-off final he booked a flight to London over four weeks ago.

But when he suffered a brain haemorrhage a few days later, while on holiday in Spain, his chances of watching the match seemed slim.

Anne Moffat   East Lothian MP Anne Moffat is hoping to be "fighting fit" as soon as possible after suffering a brain haemorrhage. Update EAST Lothian Labour MP Anne Moffat has revealed she is to marry a member of her local party after a whirlwind romance.

Sophie Rudoff  When Sophie Rudoff's father died she was both calm and angry.

Philip Helliwell   In December 1986, 20-year-old trainee house auctioneer and valuer Philip Helliwell and his 19-year-old brother John were both gravely injured when the car they were travelling in to a football match was involved in a head-on collision.

Miracle Man A DUNDALK man says he is 'lucky to be alive' after surviving a series of strokes, brain haemorrhages and a brain tumour the size of an orange. Now Keith McGahon, son of former Fine Gael TD Brendan McGahon, is aiming to raise awareness of acquired brain injuries to prevent others from going through what he has faced over the last ten years.

Nicholas Rossi  A country doctor saved the life of an Australian teenager by boring a hole into his skull with a household power drill to remove a blood clot.

Wilma Bremner  Tributes were paid last night to a north-east nurse whose organs have been donated for transplant operations after her death. Wilma Bremner, 51, died last Wednesday after doctors discovered she had a brain haemorrhage.

Kevin Mears  And as Karen Mears nursed her ex- Marine husband Kevin back to health after a brain haemorrhage that nearly killed him, an affair with his childhood pal was the last thing on her mind.

Sophie Temple A primary schoolgirl has died from a suspected brain haemorrhage, bewildering her family. Eleven-year-old Sophie Temple was one of two unrelated under 30-year-olds to die from the same condition within a few days.

Dot Hart  A TEESSIDE woman who suffered a massive brain haemorrhage is to address a conference focusing on head injuries.

Headway Teesside is organising the event at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough on May 12.

Dan Gilbert  Author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

Moving Holyrood Tales   A new photo exhibition on people's experiences of dealing with the Scottish Parliament has opened.

Michael Reilly  A man who was struck down by a brain haemorrhage on holiday is being forced to live more than 90 miles away from his family in the Black Country.

Joanna Osbourne When Cariad, Welsh for love, was born on July 22 at the Royal Gwent Hospital, she had to go into the special care baby unit because she was born hypoglycaemic.

But just weeks after the birth her 39-year-old mum, Joanna started her own battle to survive after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage that left her unable to recognise members of her family.

Nikki Jenkins  A Double whammy! For those of you not familiar with the term subarachnoid haemorrhage, I will give a little insight into what it is. I will share my story of surviving a subarachnoid haemorrhage in Turkey and sadly losing my mum to a subarachnoid haemorrhage back in 1990. Hence the title...A Double whammy!

Maria's Story  I hope by writing my story, it may help other people who have themselves experienced a similar life threatening condition or help them support a family member or loved one.

Christine Quigg  A MIRACLE mum has survived three brain haemorrhages, several seizures and a stroke.

Sinead Desmond  How a near-fatal brain haemorrhage has helped her embrace life. This year alone, she plans to get married, climb Kilimanjaro and go on safari.

Mandy Smale  A life spent managing seizures. 'To other people, it would often look like I was daydreaming. I would fidget, sometimes with my fingers. I tend to say to whoever is next to me that I'm going to have a seizure, but when I go to say it, I lose the words.'

Kathleen Myers  A woman who had a brain haemorrhage misdiagnosed as migraine and is now confined to a wheelchair with paralysis in both legs and one arm has secured €6.5 million in settlement of her High Court action.The action was taken by Kathleen Myers (49), a civil servant of The Garth, Belgard Heights, Tallaght, who is a ward of court, against St James's Hospital, Dublin, arising from her treatment there.

Phil Hammond  COURAGEOUS campaigner Phil Hammond is clinging to the hope he can attend the Hillsborough memorial service he organised – having won a life and death battle, against all the odds, following a brain haemorrhage. At one point, born fighter Phil, from Aigburth, whose 14-year-old son, Philip junior, died in the 1989 tragedy, wasn't’t given any chance of survival.

Clarke Lister  Drop-in centre opens its doors. The Clarke Lister Brain Haemorrhage Foundation, in Peterlee, has secured £9,966 of Lottery funding to run a weekly drop-in at Oakerside Park Community Centre in the town. 16 May 2007.

Carole Lister  A BATTLING mum's determination to improve the treatment of brain haemorrhage victims after her young son collapsed and died has led to a breakthrough study.

Peter Chapman  After surviving a stroke that had nearly killed him, Peter Chapman expected to feel rather weak. He also assumed it would take a while to get back into his usual regime of work and going to the gym. Indeed, having lost a lot of his strength, it took almost three years before he could do both of these again. What was completely unexpected, however, were the two years of terrifying flashbacks where he relived the moment he briefly came round in excruciating pain, surrounded by paramedics.

Miracle Cure  Bruce Treloar is a walking and talking miracle man from North Bersted. The 59-year-old is a pioneer patient for the treatment of a stroke.

Rick Franklin  Though he appears normal, Rick Franklin's brain injury has made his life anything but. Teaming up with veteran documentary maker and friend Lyell Davies, Rick explores the impact that brain injury has had on himself and other survivors. As they visit with brain injury survivors, invisible aspects of this disability become more clear; we see the wide range of deficits that survivors must face, both physically and mentally, and learn how no two brain injuries are alike.

Luke Freestone   A teenager who suffered a life-threatening brain haemorrhage has taught himself to walk, speak and write again.

Leanne Deacon  A girl left severely disabled by a brain haemorrhage after going on a theme park ride is to sue Walt Disney World.

Roxie Phillips   She knew that her brain aneurysm – a ballooning of a blood vessel wall – had a risk of rupture akin to a ticking bomb. Dr. Laligam Sekhar, a neurosurgeon, and the team at Harborview Medical Center performed a procedure that bypassed the brain's blood vessels with a graft from the radial artery in her arm. Sekhar then closed off the aneurysm with a titanium clip. A year after surgery, Phillips was well on the road to recovery.

Jane Lapotaire  After suffering a brain haemorrhage, the actress Jane Lapotaire has had to acknowledge the breakdown of her career and her sense of identity too.

Lorraine King  A mother died from a brain haemorrhage just days after being sent home from hospital with headache pills, it has emerged.

Peter Bradley Foundation   A Spectacular Moulin Rouge themed night in aid of the Peter Bradley Foundation takes place at the Limerick Strand Hotel on Valentine’s night. You are invited to be part of the most glamorous evening of the year in Limerick, an eclectic magical and macabre extravaganza hosted by  TV3’s Sinead Desmond ( who suffered a brain haemorrhage last year).

The event is a major charity fund-raiser for the Peter Bradley Foundation which helps people in Limerick and across the country cope with an acquired brain injury (ABI).

Approximately 10,000 people a year suffer a head injury in Ireland and face a dramatically altered life thereafter.  

Jayne Soliman  Husband of woman who-gave birth after death tells of his heartbreak.

Second Death  The parents of a second teenager to die from a brain haemorrhage after a Kent hospital said she had a virus have said it has not learnt from mistakes.

Louise Cardno  A NORTH-EAST woman who thought she might die after suffering a brain haemorrhage has returned to the ward where doctors saved her life.

Roxie Phillips Roxie Phillips knew that her brain aneurysm – a ballooning of a blood vessel wall – had a risk of rupture akin to a ticking bomb.

Martin Burton Martin had a brain haemorrhage due, the Burtons learned later, to a congenital condition of which they knew nothing. "It was one of those awful million-to-one things. It was a time bomb just waiting to explode. It could have happened any time in his life or he could have lived to 80 without it happening, and we would never have known he had it." Immediately after being told Martin would not recover, Sue was asked whether she would be willing to donate her son's organs. "It was literally, 'I'm really sorry, Martin isn't going to make it, there's nothing else we can do for him' ... take a breath ... 'Have you ever considered organ donation?'"

Jill Bolte Taylor As a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor has always known more about brains than most people. But when a brain haemorrhage triggered her own stroke, she suddenly had a front-row seat on the deterioration of the brain. Dr. Taylor recounts the details of her stroke and the amazing insights she gained from it in a riveting 18-minute video of her speech at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference in Monterey, Calif., last month. Her fascinating lecture includes a detailed explanation of the differences between the left and right sides of the brain, complete with an incredibly cool prop — a real human brain.

Thank's for the link Jon.  ^(^ A must vist.....

Seve Ballesteros The golf legend will undergo a third operation today after suffering a brain haemorrhage in hospital. The five-time major winner requires life-saving surgery after yesterday’s devastating setback. Update 28/12/08.

Christine Gorman   will never again take her health for granted. One minute Christine was fit and well preparing for a family party. The next she was struck down with agonising pains in her head, the first signs she had suffered a near fatal brain haemorrhage.

Doctors Amazed  THE wife of a former head teacher from Flintshire, who nearly died after suffering a brain haemorrhage, has spoken about her husband's remarkable recovery, which has amazed doctors.

Blaze Bayley  British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley whose wife, Debbie Hartland, died late last month after suffering a brain hemorrhage while in the hospital, has released the following statement:

Andrew Brereton   I was the father of a child who suffered with profound brain injuries, which caused a mixture of symptoms, - some of quadriplegic cerebral palsy and some of autism, although neither of those diagnoses do justice to the true nature and severity of his brain injuries! Unfortunately, Daniel passed away four years ago, suffering a series of brainstem strokes. We always knew that for someone with his level of disability, the length of his life would be severely limited, but unfortunately, knowing that something is going to hurt, doesn't actually stop it hurting when it happens!

Bex Dawes   History student Bex Dawes is a keen surfer, who loves nothing better than taking her board out and catching some waves. But despite her love of water Bex, aged 21, from Newport, Gwent, is unable to take a bath. For Bex has epilepsy and has an average of three seizures each day, when she will blank out for seconds at a time.

Eliza Ellerby WORKING hard and playing even harder, Eliza Ellerby was a typical student. When she wasn't attending lectures or studying for her history degree, the 21-year-old was busy with her role as chairman of the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show 2008, playing for the university hockey team or catching up with friends.

The Awakening   Three years ago Sarita Khajuria suffered such severe brain damage in a car crash that her family came close to switching off her life-support machine. Today, she is preparing to go back to work. Here she describes her remarkable recovery.

Rescuing a Brain Doctors treated Chris Ratsuszny's giant brain aneurysm using a new laser technique.

Coping with Epilepsy  Kina and Lee Leitner discuss having a daughter with intractable epilepsy.

26/06/2007  It was the day that time suddenly stood still for the offshore worker Lee Cassidy, as he literally hovered between life and death after suffering a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage or stroke.

Cora Anderson  Brain aneurysms are challenging to treat, especially since a patient may have no symptoms until the aneurysm ruptures and becomes a life-threatening condition. This edition of Inside Access follows three doctors and their patients, Roxie and Cora, at the UW Medicine Brain Aneurysm Center at Harborview. Cora receives endovascular treatment, while Roxie's surgery includes a technique of bypassing the brain's blood vessels with a graft from her radial artery. - ResearchChannel is a nonprofit media and technology organization that connects a global audience with the research and academic institutions whose developments, insights and discoveries affect our lives and futures.

Alberto Contador  A crash in the Tour of Asturias stage race in 2004 saw Contador end up in hospital, where doctors discovered he was about to suffer a brain haemorrhage. After a life-saving operation, he returned to training six months later and soon began fulfilling the promise first shown by his under-23 national time trial crown, when he was still only 19 years old.

Dudley Rigden  A Bishopstoke man who feared he might never step out again is to go on a sponsored walk to raise funds for the stroke unit at Winchester hospital.

Richard Hammond  Eighteen months after his crash, Richard Hammond has revealed that his recovery is far from complete. As Lucy Atkins reports, he is not the first survivor of head trauma to experience drastic alterations in mood, memory function - and even personality.

Stephanie Smith  A CALL centre worker saved the life of a man who suffered a massive brain haemorrhage - 400 miles away.

Liz Traill   A BASINGSTOKE mum is to take part in her second London Marathon after overcoming a brain haemorrhage that could have killed her.

Carol Loch  It was Wednesday 26th January 2005 I was at home doing my housework. My daughter Pamela should have been at work but was on sick leave due to having a chest infection.  All of a sudden I felt a strange sensation go through my body. I called upstairs to Pamela that something was wrong, but I didn't know what. 

Alex Ruby  A BRAVE youngster from Mablethorpe, suffering with an incurable brain tumour, has written a collection of poems he is hoping to publish. Alex Ruby, 16, from Victoria Road, first discovered he had the terminal illness in February last year and since then, has written 51 poems covering everything from the tumour to the importance of laughter.

James Hinkins  Blues' star wants to help a family member who suffered a severe brain haemorrhage. Stars of past and present will descend on Goldington Road on Sunday, April 27 to celebrate the career of Bedford Blues player James Hinkins. James is hoping his testimonial will raise at least £8,000 for charity and also for his brother-in-law, who suffered a near fatal brain haemorrhage back in November.

Silent Killer  Family and friends of an Aberdeen student who died from meningitis have been campaigning to increase awareness and raise funds for a cure to the 'silent killer'. Twenty-two-year-old Saleem Akintoye's body was found in his students halls of residence.
The sister and the girlfriend of Aberdeen meningitis victim Mr Akintoye today launched an awareness drive for the disease that can kill in under four hours.

Lorraine Thomas  LOSING three and a half stone and dropping six dress sizes is no mean achievement. But it is an amazing feat when you realise the catalogue of medical traumas slimmer Lorraine Thomas has survived. The 51-year-old has suffered two brain haemorrhages, a stroke, leg thrombosis, been shot with an airgun and had her right leg amputated at the knee.

Divorce  Soon after Karen Mears and Kevin Ware married in 1999, he nearly died of a brain haemorrhage. When he recovered she decided he was no longer the man she loved. Shortly after that Karen moved in with the best man. Her behaviour has divided their family and friends. Here, each of those involved give their different stories ...

Stephen Clarkson  ONE of the heroes of the Glasgow airport terror attack is fighting for life after a brain haemorrhage.

Alana Campbell The doctor thought I had food poisoning but blood was leaking into my brain.

Brain Dead  Woman Diagnosed as "Brain Dead" Walks and Talks after Awakening.

Wrong  Heartbroken Mark Hibberd is mourning his wife Linsey after a shocking series of hopelessly WRONG diagnoses by a procession of doctors.

Alex Mallinson  A girl of five has died after collapsing in her school playground in front of her horrified classmates.

Live Video  Part 1 of a brain aneurysm survival story of 1988.

Pete Nash In 2004 Pete Nash, a loving husband and father of 3 boys, was diagnosed with a large AVM in his brain. It has caused him to suffer with epilepsy and as a result he cannot work, drive or do any of the sports he so loved doing. His memory has been affected also making it difficult for him to remember short term things, like what he did yesterday!

Russell Watson Opera star Russell Watson said he thought he was going to die when he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on a brain tumour. The singer, 41, underwent a three-hour operation at The Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Cheshire, seven weeks ago just 12 months after doctors removed a benign tumour.

A need to feel in control   Despite the differing appearances of those around me – ranging from young to old, very disabled to very able – we share a rare condition of malformation of blood vessels, called a cavernous angioma, in our brains. We were all born with them. Some, like me, have had brain haemorrhages from which we have recovered fully. Others, like the woman in the wheelchair, have been less lucky.

Sex after Stroke It is not impossible to have a satisfactory sex life after a stroke. Some frustration may surface, but it’s all about knowing the limit, writes consultant neurologist LIM POH HIN.

Steve Charles Trapped in a world of silence, paraplegic Steve Charles thought he would never speak to his loved ones again. But now a hi-tech breakthrough has let him find his voice once more – thanks to the tiny movement of his left eye.

Allison Tordoff  Five years ago Calderdale mum Allison Tordoff was told she had epilepsy. She tells Sarah Kelly why she is backing a new campaign to help women across the country with the condition. A Brain haemorrhage left Allison Tordoff with a frightening condition she will have to deal with for the rest of her life.

My son was woken from a 3 year-coma  It was the moment Sienie Viljoen had waited three long years to see.

Standing by the hospital bed, where her son Louis lay in a coma after a terrible road accident, the 57-year-old noticed his eyes flicker and then focus.

Dan Jensen  Man with Brain Aneurysm saved with risky surgery.

Gordon Roddick  In his first interview since her death, Gordon Roddick talks movingly about his wife Anita, their life together and his plans to protect her legacy.

Discovery Health  Sleeping Pill Wakes Woman After 2 Years in Coma. A dose of the prescription sleep aid Ambien had the opposite effect on one French woman, awakening her from a two-year coma. I watched this documentary today Sunday 27/05/07 amazing.

Support for brain injured children THE mother of a North teenager who suffered a brain haemorrhage that left him in a wheelchair for two years has welcomed a new project aimed at offering support to young people who have suffered brain injuries.

Presumed Consent  It is a question no parent would want to be asked if their child was dying: would you allow their organs to be used for transplant to save other lives? Yet that is the traumatic decision Lauren McDiarmid and her husband, Donald, were faced with as they sat with their 17-year-old son David, who was on a life-support system in a ward in a Glasgow hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Dave Leonard  A Gourock man today told how he survived a brain haemorrhage that made him lose all concept of time.

A Message from your Brain   Sound advice from Stephanie St. Claire.

Jane Phelan  Jane Phelan was a vibrant and respected TV journalist when, at the age of 35, she had a massive brain haemorrhage which changed her life forever.

Update When Edwyn Collins had a brain haemorrhage - and then another - the pop star's life seemed to be as good as over. Then he found an amazing route to recovery. Ian Herbert tells his story Published: 03/08/2007.

Update  Edwyn Collins yesterday told for the first time how he "came back from the dead" after a brain haemorrhage. Two years later, the former Orange Juice frontman has taught himself to talk, draw with his left hand and make music again. 18/08/2007.

Lewis Pescott  BRAVE Lewis Pescott, who suffered a deadly brain haemorrhage when he was just nine, has written a heartfelt postcard to health bosses. 03/08/2007.

Charlotte Rose  A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl who raised thousands of pounds for a hospital ward after suffering a brain haemorrhage has been nominated for an award.

Coma  The Man Who Slept for 19 Years.

The Secret Life Of a Manic Depressive A guide to being a mentally Interesting girl navigating the Labyrinth of the NHS Mental Health Services.

Michael Rasmussen  Ended the penultimate weekend of the Tour de France in the yellow jersey he won a week ago in the Alps, but his fine performance on this first day in the Pyrenees has made him look like a possible winner in Paris next week rather than a pretender to the Tour crown. Michael returned to the sport after a brain haemorrhage almost cost him his life in 2004. He rides with a titanium plate on his head since making his return in 2005 with a win in a stage of the Tour in Australia.

What if ?   What if you woke up one day and you didn't know who or where you were? Or seemed to have half the body you had before? And what if you couldn't even tell people about it?

Barbara Gushin  This is a real story of a trauma that changed my life forever. I sustained a traumatic brain injury and a broken hip. This video is for you to understand the emotions and feelings one may endure with this kind of a trauma.
I wrote these words at a time I was detached from the world around me and found this was the only way to communicate to myself what was happening with me.

Jeya Calder  Fundraising for my loved one – my dad, Donald Macgregor Forbes, who died very suddenly in 1996 from a brain aneurysm.

Help Sam  SAM Formby remembers lying in a hospital bed when he was 16 thinking he was dead. He had suffered a brain haemorrhage and spent two months intensive care followed by almost a year in hospital, including nine months at The Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in Liverpool.

Kylie and Stone  Hollywood actress Sharon, 49, is lucky to be still alive after suffering a stroke and a brain aneurysm in October 2001 which saw her hospitalised for seven months with bleeding in her brain. Pop princess Kylie, 38, was forced to postpone her Showgirl tour when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. They have both bravely overcome their very personal battles with killer illnesses.

Daryl Chambers  Ouch my brain, a personal account of life after a traumatic brain injury.

Dave's Story   This all started with an ear infection.

Tommy McHugh  Until six years ago a Liverpool builder, with a rough past as a street fighter, and no apparent artistic inclination. Now he is a man with a passion, full of emotion, driven to create. “My mind is like a volcano exploding with bubbles,” he says in a gentle Scouse accent “and each bubble contains a million other bubbles, and then another million bubbles of unstoppable creative ideas.” He spends his days – and most of his nights – painting, sculpting and carving. So what happened six years ago to bring about this transformation? The extraordinary answer is: a Brain Haemorrhage. Accidental-Genius

Sam's Brave Battle A Former Horsham resident has battled back from near death and aims to raise cash for the hospital where doctors saved his life. Sam Noel-Paton had a subarachnoid brain haemorrhage - the most serious – which kills one in three people who suffer one.

Maria Gaughan  MUM-OF-SIX Maria Gaughan died of a massive brain haemorrhage after being wrongly diagnosed with a water infection. Her family have won an out-of-court settlement against Whiston Hospital but say no amount of money could make up for their loss.

Marilyn Curtis "In Adelaide hospital, I had my skull cut open and now have a plate holding my skull together. I was 47 at the time when I had brain haemorrhage and now am coming onto 55. The incident didn't change me. The good thing is that I know where I am going and what I have to do. It's like someone is in my head and tells me what to do."

Lim Chiou The night before Lim Chiou Ling went back to work, she could hardly sleep, thinking of being her 'old self' again. "This was the first time in a long time I felt so happy, so positive. Going back to work was something I dreamt of but dared not hope.


CJ Noble MRC, BA I am a traumatic brain injury survivor. Throughout my lifetime, I have taught myself how to overcome many insurmountable odds. These strategies have helped me to prosper and succeed. Last month, I decided to start a blogat The topics I share will provide both hope and comfort to individuals and families from all walks of life. I would encourage you to visit my site, where I share from my experience, strength and hope.

Sally Wilson  My name is Sally Wilson and I'm a features writer based in Edinburgh. I write for the UK's top women's magazines and national newspapers including Take A Break, Woman, love it!, She, Reveal, Pick Me Up, the Daily Mail and the Mirror, Sun and the Record. I’ve spoken to Walter who’s agreed to let me post this notice on his site as I’d be really interested in talking to you about your individual experiences of either having brain haemorrhages or strokes or caring for those who have had them.

All in the mind  Brain surgery is cloaked in mystery, but Neil Kitchen says it can be a 'simple procedure'. Melissa Viney went into the operating theatre to find out.

Brain Aneurysm Foundation Brain aneurysm survivors are a small population of people, but they are growing larger as medical technology continues to grow and early detection and treatment of brain aneurysms becomes more prevalent.

Aneurysm Stories  Inspiring stories about how patients have handled the diagnosis and treatment of their brain aneurysms.

Iain Sutherland  Tells his story of recovery from a brain injury.

Gary Steer  Gary Steer, from Gloucester, had the footballing world at his feet when he was 10 years old. Playing for a successful local junior football team, everything was going well for the young striker and he even dreamt of playing for his beloved West Ham United. Then, aged 11, his life turned upside down when he suffered a brain haemorrhage following a freak cycling accident.

Kevin Linsley  A neurosurgical technician at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, undertook a special forces challenge in the Lake District to help to raise funds for the Neurocare charity's "Brainwave Appeal".

Jeff Sebell   TBI survivor who was injured 30 years ago shares his experiences with Inspirational Talks and he does challenge you -- in a good way.

Miracle Mum A YOUNG mum who was unaware she had given birth has cuddled her son for the first time.

Nicola Sayles suffered a brain haemorrhage, aneurysm and stroke when she was pregnant and was on the brink of death as baby Callum was delivered by caesarean two months ago. Hours after the birth, Nicola, 20, underwent life-saving brain surgery.

Susan Aldworth  Susan was admitted to hospital just over two years ago with a suspected brain haemorrhage. Her brush with death provided new inspiration for her work as an artist. Intrigued by the images of the scans of her brain, Susan has incorporated what she saw into her work.

Christine Collins  A mother who was given no hope of survival has defied the odds after suffering a large aneurysm.

Karen Steven  Is an accomplished fiddler and step dancer. Her distinctive rhythmic style of playing is undoubtedly due to her training as a teacher of highland dancing which, in turn, kindled her interest in step dance. Karen is an experienced tutor in both fiddle and step dance, teaching regularly at summer schools and festivals both in Scotland and abroad. However on the 20th October 2005 she suffered a sub-arrachnoid haemorrhage. Since then she has recorded an album as a fund raiser for neurosurgery in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as a token of thanks for the excellent care and treatment.

Ian Graham  A man who suffered a brain haemorrhage after he was attacked on a night out is now taking part in a half-marathon.

Brain Hospital  Only surgery can cure my headache.

Gran pens letter to offer help  After a series of life-changing events, including a brain haemorrhage, an Oxfordshire woman has published a book to give help to other people bringing up their grandchildren.

REM  Since quitting REM in 1997 following a brain haemorrhage, Berry has appeared with the band just three times, at special, brief one-off occasions. It's currently unknown what the band will play at the event, although manager Bertis Downs revealed they're "considering recording something for a yet-to-be-announced charitable project."

Neil Young  Rocker Neil Young, treated for a "dangerous brain aneurysm," is expected to make a full recovery.

Stories  Who am I?? Where am I?? Aneurysm Stories.

We need more help  A DESPERATE mother who survived a brain haemorrhage is struggling to cope with her disabled daughter says she fears what she may be driven to do, if she does not receive help. 07/09/06.

Yvonne McQueen's Story It was a terrifying experience. I think that anything to do with the brain is a worry, it controls so much and I felt as if I had a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

Vanessa  A Woman who spent two days lying on her floor with a brain haemorrhage has pledged to save the lonely of Crawley.


My dad the hero  Devoted husband who left his dream job to care for his paralysed wife has been hailed a hero by his daughter.

Mountain to climb  A BRAVE chef who nearly died from a brain haemorrhage will take his first steps for six years in an incredible mission to climb Snowdon.

Green Widow  Welcome to greenwidow.com I am Rachel Green, the green widow in question, and in more ways than one. Apart from the obvious name connection, I was totally naive and ignorant of anything to do with bereavement until my husband died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage in 2001.

Coma  The Man Who Slept for 19 Years. Terry Wallis' 19-year journey back to consciousness is a remarkable story. But in June 1984, the time of his car crash, he was just another statistic; one more name on the list of 1.5 million Americans who sustain a brain injury each year. Perhaps it's going too far to say that Wallis was one of the fortunate ones, but he did at least survive his brain injury. Each year in America 50,000 people are not so lucky.

Nolan Stacy  I have been having migraine headaches for about 2 years. The one that I had on July 5. 2002 may be the reason that I am here today.

Pinkertons Progress   It is strange to say that my life changed for the better on May 2nd 1996 as the result of an Acute Cerebellar Infarct.  Updated 24/11/05   A must to visit.

Karen's Story   SIX inches of platinum, no thicker than two human hairs, is keeping Karen Morgan alive.

Woman's Hour  "Nearly dying was the easy part" - the words of actress Jane Lapotaire who suffered a brain haemorrhage four years ago. She was lucky to survive. Jane joins Jenni to tell her about the stresses and strains of living day to day with a brain that sometimes feels as if it's 'outside of her body'.

Jane Lapotaire "But I couldn't leave my son with that terrible legacy. Not a day went by, though, after my brain haemorrhage, when I didn't think of death. When you have come so close to losing your life, it's always there," she says, patting her right shoulder.

Stepped Off   This is the story about my near fatal motorbike crash. And my journey with carol (my wife) back to health. It was meant to be a short motorbiking holiday in Scotland with friends. It was also the first time Carol and I had been apart since our wedding in February. The morning of 14th July 2000 was like any other morning and I was looking forward to the ride home to Leeds. As it turned out, I didn't leave Scotland for another six weeks. I woke from coma in mid-August. This is the story of my journey back to health, after my near-fatal accident, and the struggles and the laughs Carol and I have had along the way.

Mark's Story  Mark suffered a massive brain haemorrhage on 26 June 1998. He spent a month unconscious on life support and a further three months in Hospital before being allowed home.

If there is anyone reading this who has just suffered a haemorrhage and is feeling pretty low, take heart, things do get better, but it does take time. If anyone would like to e-mail me and talk about my experiences or ask any questions please feel free to do so. shakeshaftm@ntlworld.com

Aneursym    In 1986 I had a brain aneursym, here is my story.

Anita  On the 11/11/03 Anita suffered a post operative brain injury. It was such a quick thing to happen but it's now a long journey of recovery. Anita has made a phenomenal effort to survive but the recovery is a million times more difficult. This website was started as a means for personal expression during that recovery.

Alan's Story  Alan suffered a sub-arrachnoid haemorrhage in March 1996 aged 27!

Dean Rice   'A sneeze and then my boy was gone'. A WELSH teenager died after a sneezing fit on a camping holiday with his family, it has emerged. Soccer-mad Dean Rice, 18, started sneezing and his parents thought he was suffering from a hay fever.

Marriage  Marriage to Someone with Schizophrenia. One husband's perspective.

I had no prior warning that the person that I chose to be my life-mate would become mentally ill. There were, and still are, no warning signs who will or will not get this disease. I don't know which is harder to deal with, a child with schizophrenia or a wife with the disease. Both are not easy. I would not wish this "hell" on anyone I know, now or in the past. In High School there was one person in particular who went out of his way to annoy me. I would not want him to go through what I have.

Robin  The following story is an excerpt of a taped dialogue between cancer patient, Robin Jones and his physiotherapist, Mary Douglas. It was taped at St. Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley, Sussex on the 5 September, 1992. It was Robin’s desire to record some of the discoveries he made during his recovery from a brain haemorrhage some seven years previously, first in re-learning how to speak and later in the control of cancer pain. He hoped they could be of value to those suffering a similar plight or to those professionals working in this area of research or clinical practice.

Gill A former teacher, who was left unable to read, write, speak or even understand conversation following a brain haemorrhage, is preparing to see her first play for adults staged.

Problems with alcohol?  Alcoholism is a rough word to deal with. Yet nobody is too young (or too old) to have trouble with booze.

Acupuncture  There have been several controlled studies confirming that acupuncture is effective in treating CHD and post stroke patients. One study carried out at the Lund University Hospital, Sweden (1) involved 78 patients with severe hemiparesis (paralysis of one side of the body) within 10 days of stroke onset. 40 patients received daily physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and 38 patients received acupuncture treatment twice a week for 10 weeks. Patients treated with acupuncture recovered faster than the others, with better balance and mobility, and fewer days spent at hospitals/nursing homes.

 

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