"If I can help one person recognize the symptoms of a brain aneurysm and get help, it will have made a difference,” said Tamala Jones
Hanover, MA (PRWEB) May 09, 2013
Actress Tamala Jones plays the medical examiner Lanie Parish on ABC’s hit show Castle. Fans of the show may be surprised to learn that she is also a brain aneurysm survivor. Jones has recently agreed to work with The Brain Aneurysm Foundation to help raise awareness of the symptoms of brain aneurysms.
At the age of 23, Jones had a ruptured aneurysm. The aneurysm ruptured while she was at home and she was able to get to the hospital for treatment. In looking back, she realized that a headache that had lingered for two weeks might have been a symptom. Following the aneurysm, she also discovered a strong family history of brain aneurysms.
Now, fifteen years after the aneurysm, Jones is talking about what has happened and hoping to make a difference for others.
“For many years, I didn’t share my story because I didn’t want to show weakness or vulnerability, especially as I was trying to succeed as an actress,” said Jones. “After hearing many other stories of young people suffering from a brain aneurysm and dying, I wanted to tell my story. If I can help one person recognize the symptoms of a brain aneurysm and get help, it will have made a difference.”
Every year 27,000 people in the United States will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Over 40% of these individuals will die. Those that survive often face significant challenges, greatly impacting their lives and the lives of their families. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysms.
Jones will work with the The Brain Aneurysm Foundation to help raise awareness of brain aneurysms by telling her story to help promote the importance of brain aneurysm awareness, early detection and research funding to save lives.
“Many people think that brain aneurysms only happen to elderly people. I am living proof that a brain aneurysm can strike anyone, at any age,” continued Jones. “However, it is proven that early detection can save thousands of lives. It is imperative that more funds are raised for early detection, research and preventative treatment options.”
A full interview with Tamala Jones appears in the spring issue of Thinking Ahead, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation newsletter.
About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The organization also provides education materials and awareness information to health care professionals and the general population, as well as providing support for patients and their loved ones.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation relies on fundraising support from individuals and organizations to continue to fund education and research to promote early detection of brain aneurysms, which ultimately saves lives. For more information, visit: http://www.bafound.org.