What She Thought Was A Headache Took Her Life - Doctor Urges You To Know Aneurysm Symptoms
LifeAspire Staff 5/18/2017
Lee Broadway lived in North Carolina with her husband Eric and four beautiful children. About to turn 42, Lee was excitedly talking to her husband over their morning coffee on how they should celebrate the occasion.
It was a traditional start to their workday morning, but little did Eric know that by the time he returned from work later that day his family would never be the same again.
It all started with a migraine headache for Lee; something she had suffered since the age of eight due to hereditary reasons. However, after a while it became clear that something was not right.
As you can imagine, Lee was no stranger to dealing with the extreme pain. In fact, on that particular day it took a lot before she finally called Eric and asked him to come home immediately. Eric recalls his feelings following that conversation:
"I raced home and took her to the ER. I knew this couldn’t be good because I’ve seen her deal with pain before.”
Two days after being admitted in the ER, Lee died of complications from what ended up being a brain aneurysm and not a migraine as she had first suspected. Her sudden death at such a young age has left the family devastated. Still in disbelief, Eric can't help but reminisce about how they first met:
"I kept on setting her up with my friends in high school, but then I realized I wanted her ... Becoming a mom was the best thing to happen to her. She was an awesome mom. She fell right into it and found something she loved.”
As unfortunate as Lee's story might seem, it is an example of how important it is to know the difference between a migraine and a brain aneurysm before the situation turns fatal.
According to the Mayo Clinic, most brain aneurysms are due to thinning artery walls at the base of the brain. There are several risk factors, some of which people develop over the years, like head injury, smoking, alcoholism, and high blood pressure; and others, like in Lee's case, is inherited at birth.
There are several symptoms to watch out for, as these are clues that what you have is not just another strong headache and to call 911 immediately.
Here they are as described by the Mayo Clinic:
Symptoms Of A Ruptured Aneurysm
-What feels like the worst headache ever
-A stiff neck
-Sensitivity to light, loss of vision, blurred vision, or a drooping eyelid
-Vomiting or being nauseated
Symptoms Of An Un-Ruptured Aneurysm
-Numbness, pain, or even paralysis on one side of the face
-Changes in vision
-Pain above or behind the eye
April 8th would have been Lee's 42nd birthday. The family decided to have a gathering and release 42 balloons in honor of Lee and all that she stood for! For Eric and his kids, holding on to Lee's memories will be the best way to move forward.
The brain is such an interesting organ. For all the amazing things that it allows us humans to do and feel, it also makes for a very complicated part of the body. We hope that this article has helped you recognize the signs of danger of a brain aneurysm, and also the importance of immediately seeking help for yourself or someone around you.
Sources: People, Mayo Clinic FB Image Credit: Facebook/Eric Broadway