The Platinum Brain Foundation
The Platinum Brain Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness on brain aneurysms. It was founded by Sharon R. Norwood, a brain aneurysm survivor who has worked her way in spreading the dangers of this condition.
Not everyone knows about brain aneurysm. Sharon wants to tell them that this is a serious condition that should be prevented early on.
Our mission is to promote awareness and encourage early detection of brain aneurysms and its risk factors. One of the things we do is to work with the community in providing support for patients, caregivers, and their families.
Read our founder’s story in this short autobiography. Find out how Sharon is coping with an aneurysm and how prayers from people around her are making her stronger.
Saved by Grace: Surviving Aneurysm
When I picture my life with my husband, my children, and my family an aneurysm was not on the radar. On June 26, 2012, my aneurysm erupted. My husband called 911 and had me rushed to Baptist hospital. My life took an unexpected turn as I was diagnosed with a Subarachnoid - Hemorrhage. As I was lying in my bed in the hospital for the next 21 days, I felt myself getting sicker and weaker each day. I prayed that God would save my life, and help me to be faithful and I prayed that in my life or even in my death my God would be glorified.
I did not know then, but have later learned that there were many people praying for me. God sent several Pastors and Ministers to my bedside who prayed for me. In fact, so many people came to pray for me they had to stop all visitors and I was told that the nurses asked my oldest sister “Who is she, Is she a celebrity? Who are all these people?” That day they decided I could only have family members and only two at a time during visiting hours only.
My husband says that the next few days were really rough, they expected my brain to spasm, but God; they expected me to have suffered several strokes, but God; they even expected that I would not be able to speak after brain surgery and that I might be in a coma, but God!
Every day that I wake up is indeed a miraculous day. I’m thrilled to be alive, and to be reunited with my family. I never imagined myself in this position.
I was told that I would be just fine, but unfortunately, I’m not. I have different types of headaches, sharp pains traveling through my head, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. I have pains that I can’t even explain. Although I now suffer from chronic migraines, and short-term memory loss I am still pressing on trying to regain my life one day at a time. I come across sometimes as brassy because I am pushing to get through before I forget what I’m doing or saying. I try to hide this portion of my disability but I can’t because I want to be a part of life and interact with others sometimes when I can.
Each day I feel as though I’m not really here, sometimes I even feel like an alien. I struggle to find myself, and wonder who I am. I forget things sometimes, I misunderstand sometimes during conversations, and this makes me feel left out when others don’t understand me. I cry a lot, but try to portray that I am fine and when I am around people I try to put on a happy face, but I’m scared on the inside because I wonder if they notice anything strange about me or can they see what I’m trying to hide.
I try reaching out, but no one really hears what I’m saying. I feel as if though, whatever is in my mind is not coming out of my mouth because no one is listening to me. Other times I am afraid to talk about it too much, because some people are just not compassionate towards others and I fear they may feel like, “Oh she’s just making things up,” or “I’m tired of hearing her talk about her head,” or they may even shun me and not come around.
It has been four years since my Annie erupted; I am still struggling and having head pains. It’s really tough when it rains, sleets or snows, or in short, any day that the sun does not shine and any change in the barometric pressure in the air, I am in trouble. My new hobby is watching and constantly checking the weather, so I can get a head start on my medication to avoid the horrible head pain.
Since I have Platinum Coils in my brain, I have chosen to name my foundation “The Platinum Brain”. I have also chosen June 27th as my new birthday, for on this date God granted me life again.
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