“Surviving and Smiling”

“Surviving and Smiling”

In honor of Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, the Chicago Chapter of the Brain

Aneurysm Foundation launched, celebrated and sold out the FIRST cookbook to

mark such an important month. “Survivor In The City” cookbook was full of survivor

and family stories as well as unique recipe. The publication was endorsed by Chicago

culinary sensation Curtis Duffy.

Yes there are brain aneurysm survivors which seems surprising to many but there was

a time that the survival rate was quite low. Currently, many do live but those who do

now offer a unique perspective about life. Surviving and living to tell was well put

by one survivor, “Everyone of these people know what it is like to be in a hospital

bed with multiple IV's, a tube draining blood and water from their head, leg

compressors, a blood pressure arm wrap and survival odds that are, to say the least,

not in our favor. However, we're still smiling. THAT is surviving!”

Medical Staff from the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System not only

contributed to the cookbook helped the group of survivors celebrate the book launch. The

cookbook is nearly sold out and support from it comes from across the pond in London,

England and Napa, California. Bob Love of the

Chicago Bulls, who lost his close friend and teammate Bob Boozer a few years ago to a

brain aneurysm, spoke at the cocktail party. He suggested that professional athletes even

in the NBA are survivors from head injuries. Love again voiced his support for the

foundation and honored the “Brainstormers” who ran 200 miles for aneurysm survivors

last summer. All proceeds raised from the event will help to provide critical awareness, education,

support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysms. Another cookbook for next year is being discussed.


The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources-spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical.” Norman Cousins




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