Young woman who has a brain aneursym who beats odds
I was a 31 yr old working at the IL State Board of Education when I had this terrible pain in my head and felt sick, this was June of 2000. My friend called an ambulance and that was all I remember until my husband's birthday at the end of September 2000. I had a brain aneurysm or cerebral hemorrhage and they gave me only a 3% chance of surviving. That was 14 yrs ago and I still notice improvements. I went through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and extensive work with an exercise trainer. I am not allowed to drive anymore so I don't work. I do volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library here and participate in many activities in the hospital's stroke/brain injury support group. It has also helped me a lot having an inside dog. You just have to find new ways of doing things. Don't give up it will get better.
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