On November 8, 2020, a new chapter of my life began when I had a brain aneurysm rupture, or as I like to call it, a brain fart. As a person who takes care of myself, I never thought that something like this would happen to me, but it did. Unfortunately, I learned that there are some crappy things that can happen in life that you have no control over.
But, as the doctor kept reminding me, because I took care of myself before the rupture, my recovery would be faster. From what I understand, he was right. While it seems to me like my recovery journey is taking a long time, I have been told my progress only 5 months out is amazing.
I have really worked to take my life back. If you look at my day, you would never know what I went through. I am back to my baking business, my job as a paralegal, running and everything else that was a part of my life pre-rupture. I know I am one of the lucky ones. I’m not saying that my health is perfect — because it’s not. I still suffer headaches, get tired much quicker, go through days of dizziness from the change in weather, but these are pretty manageable. I am learning what my mental challenges are and working to correct these and make my mind stronger.
As a result of what I have been through, I am taking on the opportunity to be the voice not only for myself, but also for those who can no longer do so. On Mother’s Day, May 9th, 6 months post rupture, I will be running a 10k (6.2 miles) to raise money for The Bee Foundation. Along with my sister, niece, and 2 friends, we will celebrate life – 6 miles for 6 months. It is not about how fast we run but rather that we finish together. I am sure the day will be filled with love, tears, laughter, and strength.
Together, Team Brain Fart crushed our first goal of $5,000 and are well on our way to hitting our newest goal of $7,500. I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing support system that has been there for me throughout this whole journey through donations, walks, phone calls and so much more. They are there for me as I redefine and figure out who I am. I cannot thank The Bee Foundation enough for helping me on this journey.