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