What is an AVM?

I didn’t really care what an AVM was/is for a long time.  Mommy told me what had happened as soon as she got to the hospital (she kept telling me for the next month+ before I woke up).  I don’t remember that – my first recollection of hearing the term, “AVM” was when DnA came to visit me early on and A told me what happened.  She explained it clearly, and I understood what she was saying, but I didn’t believe her.  Until I met Dr. Dogan (my surgeon) near the end of my stay at RIO (3rd Hospital) I thought that if I was going to keep someone captive in the hospital I could have thought up a much more plausible scenario than this ridiculous brain-bleeding story.  And what was this about a stroke?  For over a year I wasn’t sure if I had had 2 things (AVM +Stroke) or just 1(AVM).  It took me over 1.5 years, but I got the scoop from my neurologist – the AVM caused the Big Bad Stroke (my phrase, not hers).

So that’s been part of my learning process.  Meanwhile, If I had cared enough to look up this graphic sooner, it would have helped.


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Helpful Links:

Mayo Clinic – Brain AVM defined

The Stroke Association – What is an AVM? (Same link as picture above)

TAAF – AVM Treatments


7 thoughts on “What is an AVM?

  1. Amazing blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or
    go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that
    I’m completely conrused .. Any tips? Bless you!

    • Hi, Tawnya – Thanks so much for stopping by – sorry for the delayed response. Regarding writing tips the only thing I can think of is developing “voice.” The friends who read my blog often say it’s like talking to me. I write how I speak and I like that people who know me can “tell” it’s me. I also know how to write bc I read a lot as a child. (I was also an English major as an undergrad.) I guess I unconsciously emulate writers I like bc their voices are constantly swimming in my head. (This isn’t always great since it’s already crowded up there.)

      About choosing a platform, there are definitely more helpful opinions than mine out there. I kind of “fell” into whatever was convenient bc of my physical limitations. But there are positives and negatives, e.g. if you self-host you have more control over what things look like etc. But since I’m going with WordPress they take care of stuff like all my spam, which is great since I don’t have extra brain cells to devote to that sort of thing. Here is a good article from the Detoxinista on How to Start your Own Blog in 3 Easy Steps.

      bye! atnt

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