This was the mantra of most women’s life before they were struck with a devastating ruptured brain aneurysm. It was about the time the “Sex And The City” TV show was popular that many survivors who are part of the Chicago Chapter of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation became ill. Their stories were too similar. Ambitious, hard working career women. Yea they had headaches but who doesn’t after a night of socializing and ten cups of coffee in the morning. Some were nurses, led companies; some were tv or radio reporters and hit the coffee hard with less sleep. They all thrived not only at the game of love but their Type A personality drove them through tough deadlines, long hours working in a hospital or just reaching outrageous personal goals. One in fifty people have a brain aneurysm; a brain aneurysm ruptures every 18 minutes. Aneurysm survivors try to laugh at the confusion and life altering change but that presented a difficult challenge to accomplish. More so than not dying, surviving blindness and paralysis. These ambitious career woman type A personalities may have not helped their aneurysm sitting in their brain but it certainly was instrumental in helping them fight for their life and recover fully. One thing is true, all pieces do fall together. In Illinois and Ohio and nationally September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. It’s an illness that is slowly being recognized and will continue to seek out federal funding because many of the survivor’s that fought to live will fight for others in Washington, D.C. and in their home states. That’s because they are all “Survivors In The City”.
In celebration of the month, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is holding a cocktail party, silent auction, and book launch featuring the “Survivors In The City”, Friday, September 13th 2013 to help raise funds to increase brain aneurysm awareness and fund research to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The event will take place in Chicago at Maggiano’s Restaurant. Taking place during Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month in Illinois, the 4th Annual “Survivor in the City”cocktail party marks a very special occasion.The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is a releasing a cookbook endorsed by culinary sensation Chef Curtis Duffy, featuring recipes from brain aneurysm survivors, as well as from restaurants across the United States. Chef Duffy has written a very moving forward to show his support for the book and for brain aneurysm survivors. Bob Love of the Chicago Bulls, who lost his close friend and teammate Bob Boozer just two years ago to a brain aneurysm, will also be speaking at the cocktail party. All proceeds raised from the event will help to provide critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysms. For more information about the cookbook and the event log onto www.bafound.org.
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