“I hid the fact that I had an aneurysm for a very long time. I was embarrassed and I just felt like no one needed to know because it made me look weak. Who would of thought someone my age, at 23, had a brain aneurysm” she told BlackEnterprise.com
Retelling her experience the morning the symptoms of her then-undiagnosed aneurysm nearly cost her her life 14 years ago, Tamala says she now feels its her duty to speak about it.
“I mention the aneurysm to anybody that I can. Whenever I have a platform for people there that are listening. Because it’s something that happened to me and something that can happen to anybody in this world, if you are given warning then you can probably save your own life. So, I tell anybody. It doesn’t matter why I’m there speaking. I always bring up health some type of way—I segue into having a brain aneurysm at an early age. Whether it’s your heart or your head or your legs or your arms, if it’s too much pain, the doctor’s the only place to go. Not staying at home and wondering if this is ever going to go away. I just thought it was selfish of me not to even say what I survived or what I felt.”
Read the rest of Tamala’s interview on Black Enterprise.
Kudos to Tamala for speaking out. Have you ever known anyone who was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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