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About The1Rose

Hello friends, my name is Veronica Field, thank you for visiting my site. I know you are here because you are either a brain aneurysm survivor, you have lost a loved one, you are a caretaker or simply curious to know about this condition. Please know that you are strong, loved, cherished, highly favored by God and never alone. It is my hope that together we can educate ourselves with as much information as possible and spread the awareness to as many people as possible and to as far as we can while making effort to advocate for programs that will help save lives. I am a brain aneurysm survivor (1 raptured and coiled in 2017 and 1 still intact that is being monitored) and I must say the road to recovery has not been that easy. Just a few days to my 31st birthday, my family experienced a life changing moment that I have since named it The nightmare on Naguru Vale Rd. My husband and I together with our 2 children (3 year old and 5 months old then) were residing in Kampala, Uganda on a US diplomatic assignment when I suffered a brain aneurysm in the middle of the night. I cannot recall exactly what happened and how it happened except for what my husband tells me. The only thing I recall doing last on that Friday was putting my kids to bed in our house in Uganda. The next thing I remembered was “waking up” in a hospital bed in the ICU unit with tubes all over me in South Africa. It was everybody’s worst nightmare but the reality to us. This entire experience has been a true affirmation on just how much God loves us. He surely cannot give us a burden bigger than what we are capable of handling. Just like we are told in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” We are alive for a reason, we experienced what we did for a reason, we are chosen for a reason. I have spent quite some time trying to figure out “why me”, that I actually forgot that it had to be me because God saw something in me that He had to choose me. My purpose for starting this blog is to: 1. Use my story to help spread awareness to the world on Brain Aneurysm and also on other types of aneurysms. 2. Help eliminate some of the anxiety that I have by engaging others into my conversation and getting to know their stories. 3. Establish a community where people can learn and teach others about Brain Aneurysm and other types of aneurysms. 4. Start a conversation on teaching basic CPR to everybody including children above the age of 5 years old and advocate for it. Knowing what to do in the case of an emergency can help save a life. It is more critical in the developing countries where access to emergency medical care is limited. Please follow me on my blog where I will be using a combination of my own story and information from other accredited sites pertaining to brain aneurysm to give you as much information as possible so we can help spread awareness. I love this song, it just gives me the motivation that I need to get through the day and live not in fear but in courage and determination….And when that final day comes that I have to cross over and be with my savior, I will do so in faith and dignity because I know that He Reigns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M-zwE33zHA Because He Lives God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus He came to love, heal and forgive He lived and died to buy my pardon An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow Because He lives, all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living Just because He lives. How sweet to hold a newborn baby And feel the pride and the joy he gives But greater still the calm assurance This child can face uncertain days because He Lives. And then one day, I’ll cross that river I’ll fight life’s final war with pain And then, as death gives way to vict’ry I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow Because He lives, all fear is gone Because I know He holds the future And life is worth the living Just because He lives Because he lives Because he lives Written by William J. Gaither and Gloria Gaither

Dental infections thought to cause brain aneurysms

TAMPERE, Finland: While bacterial infections have been associated with a number of serious medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, their role in cerebrovascular disorders has not been fully understood to date. Now, researchers from Finland have suggested that infections due to oral and pharyngeal bacteria could be a risk factor for ruptured intracranial aneurysms.

Source: Dental infections thought to cause brain aneurysms

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Diminished Sense of Smell and/or Taste

During recovery, a good number of brain aneurysm survivors complain of having a diminished sense of smell or taste. This can be irritating and unfortunately, it does not help reduce the anxiety that you are already suffering from. You want to be normal, you want to be able to smell that coffee and enjoy your steak without having to load it up with salt!

We know that the brain is very complex and controls just about all the functions in the body. When a brain aneurysm ruptures, the blood starts leaking into the brain. Depending on the location, quantity and duration of the blood that is leaking, several functions that the brain controls in the body becomes affected.

Diminished sense of smell and/or taste occurs due to the leaking blood that irritates the nerves that control these senses. If the aneurysm did not rupture, smell and taste deficits can occur if the aneurysm compresses the surrounding nerves. Unfortunately, these deficits may not get better with time.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Statistics show that women are more likely to suffer from a brain aneurysm than men.

Besides hormones, have you ever wondered why?

Today, I salute all women, especially those who put their owns needs aside to take care of their loved ones.

….oh well maybe we have so much love in our hearts and so much on our mind that sometimes….the brain just explodes😜.

Happy Mother’s day to all of my fellow survivors and to those who have dedicated their time to care for those special iron ladies.

I wouldn’t want to forget all of our mothers who are dancing with the angels in Heaven. This is especially for my mom. May the almighty God continue granting your souls eternal rest in His glorious Kingdom. We love you.

Headaches during Recovery


Most survivors continue to suffer from headaches following the treatment of a ruptured aneurysm. When the head starts to pound and you think you’ve done everything you can possible do but still no relieve, panic hits in. You start thinking if it’s another aneurysm getting ready to rupture. This panic leads to anxiety and anxiety makes the headache and sometimes BP (if you have been diagnosed) go up. I used to torture myself with this a lot until I decided to get down to business by identifying exactly the symptoms of Aneurysm related headache .

Symptoms: May mimic frequent migraine or cluster headaches, caused by balloon-like weakness or bulge in blood-vessel wall. May rupture (stroke) or allow blood to leak slowly resulting in a sudden, unbearable headache, double vision and rigid neck. The person rapidly becomes unconscious.

Symptoms of a frequent migraine include:

Severe, one-sided throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, cold hands, sensitivity to sound and light

Symptoms of a cluster headache include:

Excruciating pain in the vicinity of the eye; tearing of the eye; nose congestion; and flushing of the face. Pain frequently develops during sleep and may last for several hours. Attacks occur every day for weeks, or even months, then disappears for up to a year. Eighty percent of cluster patients are male, most between the ages of 20 and 50.

For me, I like to eliminate the anxiety by knowing the exact symptoms.

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