It’s somewhat comforting to hear about a high-profile politician, athlete, musician, or actor who has successfully defeated an AVM. It’s also another reminder that you are not the only one.
Musician Neil Young’s Wife, Pegi has crainiotomy to remove an AVM 30+ years ago.
One Univ. of CT basketball team guy had an avm treated, and it was in the news, also a senator? I think. And I am too tired to go check at the moment. =)
I just did a quick google and I came up with:
South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson
Sen. Joseph Biden
I have no idea who these people are aha but there you go.
NFL player Mike Patterson (summer 2011): http://www.avmsurvivors.org/profiles/blogs/philadelphia-eagles-defensive-tackle-mike-patterson-reportedly
Catherine: Joe biden had an aneurysm and he is the vice president of the U.S.
Rumor had it that the actor Ricardo Montalban had a spinal AVM.
Ben- c-mon man… it’s not surreal… it IS REAL … (post in re: to Philly Eagles f-ball player) i do not come on this site as it has grossly changed. I remember when YOU came on the site. I had one of the worst bleeds, stroked out @ 22 (layman’s terms) and 70’s procedures. most of these people have the benefit of medicine today. Most folks are whiners’ … get on with it man! get back on your feet and deal with it. and, btw, i respesct your dedication to the cause… what’s your agenda>? … yours truly dude… Doug Robinson, Springfield, IL
Joe Biden had two aneurysms, and I guess that’s why he says too much and gets in trouble. He is one of my favorite politicians, among only a few I can tolerate listening to anymore. He was a senator from Delaware, where I lived for 30 years. His first wife and daughter were killed in a car accident many years ago, too. He really is a nice guy, and I saw him now and then because we both worked in the De. State Building. He always talked to me a little in the elevator on the way up to work.
The football player Mike Patterson from the eagles was just recently diagnosed with an AVM after he had a seizure at football practice.
“Most folks are whiners.” I disagree and think are you missing the point of this web site. This web site is for AVM survivors who need support. And for AVM survivors who don’t need support anymore, but want to help others (myself in this category). I’m happy to know that you were able to move on. Best wishes and continued good health.
douglas robinson said:
Ben- c-mon man........ it's not surreal.... it IS REAL ..... (post in re: to Philly Eagles f-ball player) i do not come on this site as it has grossly changed. I remember when YOU came on the site. I had one of the worst bleeds, stroked out @ 22 (layman's terms) and 70's procedures. most of these people have the benefit of medicine today. Most folks are whiners' ..... get on with it man! get back on your feet and deal with it. and, btw, i respesct your dedication to the cause..... what's your agenda>? ............ yours truly dude....... Doug Robinson, Springfield, IL
The cause is to help people who are going through it now. My agenda is no agenda when it comes to this place. Just a listener. and this time a talker. I had a bleed and “stroked out” in 1959, 50+ years ago. I don’t see many changes here except people come and go. I do care to know where in my brain I had the AVM. I did a lot of research before anyone really knew what it was. I was left half blind and have no license to drive. I am not a whiner. When you say 70s procedures, do you mean you had an AVM in the 70s or was it in the 80s? Think about the barbaric tests before any scans were available in 1959. The people here benefit greatly at times from modern technology. Just because you were this way 20 or 30 years ago, doesn’t have anything to do with what people are going through now. And it is just as scary.
Ben Munoz said:
Musician Neil Young's Wife, Pegi has crainiotomy to remove an AVM 30+ years ago.
It’s worth mentioning here that Neil Young had a brain aneurysm a few years ago.
I don’t know for sure, but Jackie-joyner kersey, the highly celebrated olympian/ track and field star? someone once told me her’s was an AVM, but I have never found any definitive evidence to this!!
Well, I’m not famous, yet, but someday I’ll be a well-known writer and I had a brain AVM destroyed about twenty years ago.
I just read this on my ‘Google alerts’ for AVM !! Harry Potter actress!
Just came across this article re: Mike Patterson and Ryan Westmoreland, “Cavernous malformation vs. arteriovenous malformation” @ http://sportsblog.projo.com/2011/08/cavernous-malfo.html.
im still figuring out whats my purpose in life,but i want to share my experience with avm as a survivor… -jfalmos
I am famous, I think, or should be. I am possibly one of the oldest survivors of an Avm bleed and craniotomy. Yesterday it was 54 years since the craniotomy. I turned 63 last week. I know how lucky I have been to still be around. I have a fabulous son who just finished his MBA at VCU first in the class. I made it through all the years of hell, and I am glad to be on the other side of most of the pain and lousy results of all that. Don’t let me make you think it is ever over, and I still wonder what and where I would be now if not for my history. But it doesn’t matter and never really did matter “what if” because I am what I am, who I am, where I am just because of the luck of the draw, or karma, or whatever you want to call it.
Wow, beansy, you are definitely a celebrity! Thanks for posting your history. Chicalet was just asking whether there were any members who had craniotomies more than twenty-five years ago.