Hi I am new on this site and was wondering if there are any Aussies on here
I am in south Australia
My daughter 44 suffered a massive rupture in the basal ganglia due to avm
She survived ( thank god ) but has lost feeling in her right side arm and leg plus has hearing and eye problems
It’s been three and a half months now and she is in rehab
Every day she amazes us with her improvements but she has a long way to go
I am hoping there may be other people who have had similar bleeds that can offer information about their recovery etc
Australian AVM survivors
Welcome Jenny! It sounds like your daughter has come a long way since her bleed and great to hear the progress she is making. You’ll find a huge variety of experiences on here, patients, care givers, relatives from all over the world, and I have seen some from Australia. Again welcome, and I wish your daughter and you all the best. Take Care, John.
Yes she’s made amazing progress and continues to improve daily
What I would like to know is how long did it take ( if it did ) for feeling to return to arm and leg
Mandy is now three and s half months post bleed which caused a catostrophic stroke and lost all feeling in her right side
The doctors really play it safe and say they don’t know and I realise everyone is different but I am curious
Welcome! There are quite a few Aussies here and, as you might imagine, a good proportion of those in either Sydney or Melbourne, I think. I can’t bring too many to mind at the moment.
Hi Jenny, As DickD mentioned I am from Australia, Sydney to be exact!
Hope your daughter is doing well and rest easy knowing she is not alone and not the only Aussie that is going through this… get her to be positive and strong as she is still young and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
If i can assist in any way please feel free to just ask… God bless!
We like all of you I guess had never heard of avm till this happened to Mandy
I have been researching and using this group to learn as much as I can to help her and us understand the treatment options etc and get some positives from many other people with avm
We see the neuros on Monday for their opinion on how best to treat it
It looks like they will most likely do gamma as because Mandy’s is in the basal ganglia region it appears that this will be the only option
I am in constant fear she will suffer another bleed and will be until this thing is gone
We are so fortunate that she survived even though her recovery will be long and hard
She is amazing and very determined to regain as much of her former self as she can
I can relate to your concerns, however dwelling on them will not help and you guys need to move forward and get over this hurdle… God bless!
I suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage due to a brain stem AVM when I was 14 (in 2002) I am now 29 it’s been a massive journey to say the least. The AVM was only discovered after it ruptured. I underwent surgery to remove the AVM completely and resect the blood vessels. The bleed damaged my cerebellum and I had to regain my balance and coordination, among all the other things that we stroke survivors battle through!
I am from South Australia and living in adelaide.
I would love to share more of our stories as I have found it very difficult finding others out there who had a similar experience. It can be a very lonely journey at times! I’m sure a lot of people on this network can relate to that.
I wish you and your daughter all the luck and best wishes for a steady recovery.
Thankyou for replying
We too live in Adelaide ( west lakes )
My daughter is nearly 7 months since her hemorrhage and is doing well
She lost movement on her right side
Loss of right vision in both eyes and slight brain injury
All in all its amazing that she survived and for that we are extremely grateful
Mandy is 44 and would love to catch up with other south Aussies who understand what she’s going through
How is your health now and have you ongoing problems
Wishing u well and Thankyou again
I do still have ongoing problems, physically and mentally.
I now suffer from chronic pain in the stroke affected side of my face/head. Recent scans show a lot of scar tissue affecting several facial nerves which is consistent with my pain. At the time of my stroke, those nerves affected went completely numb, but as time has passed, the sensation has come back and unfortunately pain along with it.
I also have double vision when I look to my right and my fine motor skills become harder to control when I’m over tired. But as you mentioned, I feel extremely lucky that I even survived this brain event and the outcome was much better than initially expected!
I developed PTSD and depression several months after my stroke and still battle with mental illness to this day. Since finally reaching out again, I have been able to find so much more support than what was available back in 2002.
I currently live in Camden Park and I would love to meet Mandy whenever she is ready.
All the very best,
It would be lovely to meet you so we will have to arrange a time suitable for both
Mandy is doing well but has still no feeling in right side but we remain positive that time will improve
We are at west lakes so not that far from you
I am taking Mandy on a little 3 day cruise tomorrow to give us a time out from the stresses of life so hopefully we can chill out and get spoilt
Looking forward to meeting you
Jenny and mandy
Do anyone know of any good neurosurgeon who can perform the procedure here in Australia. I have a brother with AVM and I am looking to bring him here for surgery but need to know who is good at what they do here.
Hi. Depending on the size and location of your daughter’s AVM there may be different treatments on the table. Run it by the people I suggested at Macquarie as from my experience (7 years of this) they are the best equipped and have the most experience to assess her situation and offer her the best hope.
I have an 11yo son. AVM incidental discovery at 5, Linac radiation at 6 (wrong treatment for him), AVM rupture at 9 1/2, AVM rupture at 10, Gamma Knife last week. AVM location Right Basal Ganglia and extending into ventricle.
Hi I am newish to the group, I was dignosed 4 months ago with a 2.5cm avm and have been on the Cat 1 (urgent) waiting list since then. I am on the Sunshine Coast. Do any of you know if waiting lists are shorter in diffrent states? My Dr is happy to refer me to another state.
Its nice to hear that there are some people from Aus (also not so nice sorry, I hope you are all doing ok).