Sandy and Dr. Z's Story: founding a support group
Sandy and Dr. Zuccarello talk about how the Tri-state Brain Aneurysm Support Group was formed in 2002. Sandy recalls her difficulty with the long recovery and just wanting someone to talk to who had been there before. Dr. Z said, "Sandy, what if you start a support group and I'll help you."
Elizabeth's Story: Ruptured Brain Aneurysm Survivor
Beth thought she had a migraine but it was actually a ruptured brain aneurysm. Luckily she received treatment quickly. She recovered fully with no long-term health consequences. But she soon realized that not everyone's experience was like hers. At a Tristate Brain Aneurysm Support Group meeting she met others who are forever changed by their aneurysm. Her message is simple: no matter how you are struggling try to look for the good things — there's always something going right in your life.
Managing Headaches After Aneurysm
Webinar | August 5, 2020 Learn coping strategies for headaches, headache warning signs, and how to talk to your doctor about headaches. Stanley Allen, MD, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician that specializes in brain injury. He has been practicing for 12 years and has been working in inpatient rehabilitation for eight years. Dr. Allen has been working at TriHealth Rehabilitation Hospital in Cincinnati for three years. LeAnna Matsey, OTR/L, MHS, is an occupational therapist at TriHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. She has been working with survivors of brain injury for 16 years. LeAnna is passionate to facilitate optimal recovery for her patients following an aneurysm. LeAnna serves on the Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group Steering Committee in order to act as liaison from TriHealth Rehab to the community.
News & Messages
News & Messages
Hannah and Olivia's message about Brain Aneurysm Awareness
September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness month. Hannah and Olivia have a message about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm rupture. Their daddy was one of the lucky ones who got better. They want you to know the facts so that maybe you can save the life of someone else's dad or mom. For support visit https://tsbasg.org
Free symposium for brain aneurysm survival on Saturday
NORWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) - A local woman says her recovery from an attack on her brain is a team effort. She's now helping to bring that team to the Tri-State. The goal of the symposium named “Aneurysm Survival” is to share more information from the experts and specialists around the country. There are people there who are passionate about this cause, beginning with a great woman named Marla McCarthy. “I was outside with a co-worker, and started to lose my balance,” said Marla. Marla McCarthy had what was essentially a stroke from a unique type of aneurysm, or bulge, that burst in her brain. “Marla had what we call an arterial venous malformation or an AVM, and this is an abnormal connection between the arteries and the veins,” said Dr. Andy Ringer of Mayfield Brain and Spine. Luckily, Marla ended up in the care of Dr. Ringer, who was able to use what's sort of a “brain glue” to cut off the blood supply to the aneurysm so it can’t grow. “We can see here the radio-opaque or dark, glue that was injected to treat her AVM,” said Dr. Ringer. “The arteries that were feeding the AVM were blocked off in large part by this glue.” Now Marla is on a mission to let others know that it takes a team to get back on your feet and she's bringing members of that team to the Tri-State for the symposium called “Aneurysm Survival”. If you'd like to attend, it is free, it is open to family members, friends, or anyone who might be at risk. It will be at the Mayfield Brain and Spine Center in Norwood.
Brain Aneurysm 3K Mini Walk & Fair raises awareness, funds for support group
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Marla McCarthy had a stroke due to an aneurysm in the brain. She had to learn to walk, speak and do many things all over again. Now she's trying to make a difference in helping all of us learn some of the things we can do to lower our own risk. Marla had a great team in her recovery, led by Dr. Andy Ringer at Mayfield Brain and Spine. The two of them came in to share more about the annual Brain Aneurysm Support Group 3k Mini Walk & Fair, an event that will raise funds for the Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group. It's coming up on September 21 at Fernbank park. "We'd love to have survivors' family members, caregivers and those who haven't made it to attend." McCarthy said. Dr. Ringer explained just how and why an aneurysm happens. "So an aneurysm is like a bubble or blister that forms on a blood vessel, consider it a water balloon on a garden hose. What you don't want it to do is pop and you have a bleeding stroke around the base of the brain." Ringer said. Symptoms of a brain aneurysm include can include an abrupt, extreme headache, nausea and vomiting, seizure, blurred vision and loss of consciousness. The fair will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can register online.