Hello all. Five years ago last month, I was diagnosed with a 5mm aneurysm in my anterior communicating artery. Five years ago Thursday, I underwent surgery to clip the aneurysm.
As I'm sure many of understand, the overwhelming emotion in my life during that time was fear. The diagnosis was so foreign, so terrifying to me, that I naturally assumed that it was a death sentence, and even if it weren't, that my life would never be what it was before the diagnosis.
I spent the bulk of the time between diagnosis and surgery scouring the internet for happy stories. During that time, I promised myself that if I had a full recovery and returned to the very active lifestyle I live out here in Aspen, CO, that I would find a way to share it with the aneurysm community.
Luckily, two things happened between then and now. First, I was blessed to make a complete recovery, though as you likely know all too well, the road back was anything but easy. Second, during that time I was fortunate enough to be hired as a tax writer for Forbes.com, giving me the perfect platform to share my story on Thursday.
I really, really hope this story gives hope to those who feel hopeless, strength to those who feel defeated, and faith to those who feel lost.
My story is here: