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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

Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #3

Know basic CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Knowing what to do especially in the initial stages when you are caught in an emergency scenario can save a life or help reduce the severity of potential adverse effects during and after treatment. The American Heart Association and The Red Cross are the most common organizations that offer CPR training classes for both caregivers and healthcare providers. I would encourage you and your family members, including children above the age of 5 years old, to take a CPR course for caregivers. I tend to think that if my husband had not known how to perform CPR, my story would have been different right now. I became unconscious in less than 3 minutes of me requesting him to give me an aspirin and having taken it. Everything was happening so fast. I started to vomit while at the same time biting on my tongue. That was a perfect scenario that could have easily led to aspiration. With his CPR knowledge, he knew exactly what to do. That was to either keep me in an upright position or side-lying while keeping the airway open. 

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Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

Tip #2

Get a primary care physician. Most people who consider themselves “healthy” do not see the need to have a primary care physician. The reasoning behind it is that why do you need to go and look for problems if none exists. The fact is, many lives are saved through those physical assessments and preventative care measures. So, get a primary care physician and talk to him or her about your family history and any health concerns that you might have. Remember to keep up with your dental appointments as well.

Tips on Surviving a Brain Aneurysm

I will be sharing all the 13 tips( post by post) from my book : Tips on surviving a Brain Aneurysm.

Tip #1

Be curious about your family history. No matter

how old you are, it helps to learn about the members of

underlying health issues they might have. That will

your family, both immediate and extended, and any

enable you to become familiar with those conditions

and assess yourself if you might be at risk. Even though

family history does not always pose a risk to an

individual, it does not hurt to educate yourself. For my

case, I have no family history of the brain aneurysm.

For those who have requested for the link, here it is. A different cover page but same book. Unfortunately, it won’t be in book stores or elsewhere except Amazon (worldwide)until the Amazon kdp select enrollment period is over…end of July. Enjoy!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/r.html?C=2EIU1YSKTC6SW&K=3701Y9VD1DKEK&M=urn:rtn:msg:20190604063042d81e8ac1f7934c3aa42e61fe3440p0na&R=1RMBB4YL1B57Q&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2F1094723886%3Fref_%3Dpe_3052080_397514860&H=ADQKVA3CDIERA4TPOBI7MRBPEHUA&ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

Depression During Brain Aneurysm Recovery

Dealing with the new you…

Brain Aneurysm is a life-changing event that affects the life of a person in every aspect. How does it feel like to go from “ normal” to being called a “survivor”? The feeling of coming to terms with the new you and letting go of the old you is what traps most survivors and wraps them around the depression face during recovery.

Depression becomes almost like a virus consuming the individual from inside out. You sought of loose yourself for a while in an identity crisis dilemma that your mind has and continues to create. You are basically existing in your own world debating on whether you are better off alive or dead.

While you are being consumed from the inside out, the people around you start to be affected as well. They feel like they have reached a burn out point and underappreciated. This is the point where things start to fall apart. Relationships break, new health concerns arise, finances become a challenge and suicide dominates the mind of the “weak.” This is the saturation point for both parties affected and intervention is a must. While most people don’t get to this point, those who do should try to seek the help of a professional immediately.

Similar to the nature of depression, healing starts from the inside and spreads to the outside. The survivor needs to discover and believe in the reason why he/she is alive. Maybe you’re alive to raise your children or perhaps your grandchildren depend on you or maybe you’re the inspiration that your church needs or the role model that your workplace looks up to or you’re simply the one that touch and changes people’s lives or you’re the reason for someone else’s happiness or maybe your story is what the world is waiting on…whatever the reason might be, try to find it. There is so much joy that comes with that feeling when you know that your life is not a mistake but a miracle and a testimony.

Recovering from a brain aneurysm or any major life-changing event is a journey with a lot of changes along the way. Like we all know, change is hard but the only key to ensure a smooth transition is choosing to concentrate your energy on what matter the most. You must focus on the positives and make the best of every moment because before you know it, that moment will soon be a mere footnote in your life’s story. So please, make it memorable.

Sometimes I look back and try to reflect on all of the changes that I have experienced in life and the reality is, nothing is meant to last forever. We go through seasons in life.

Of all the changes that I have gone through so far, the one that takes the trophy is child birth. The moment before life happens and the baby’s first cry is heard, a woman goes through intense pain. What’s so interesting is that before the baby is delivered, a woman has to experience all the stages of labor until her cervix is ready to let the baby out. It’s that magical moment that the pain is intolerable that the baby makes its victorious entrance into the world. Shortly after that, all the pain is literally replaced with joy. How magical is that!

No matter how many lemons life will throw at you during recovery, make the best of every moment by focusing on the lemonade!

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