Memorial created 08-19-2011 by
Emilee Anne McMillen
June 13 1983 - August 16 2011
Emilee being silly, wearing TJ's hat and posing it up for the camera.
This online memorial was created in loving memory of my fiancée, Emilee Anne McMillen. Please sign Emilee's guestbook and let us know you came to visit.
Emilee was a beautiful person, inside and out. She had a gift for making people happy. She made friends wherever she went and always made an effort to make conversation with someone who looked sad or down on their luck. She always had a smile on her face and was never afraid of laughing too loud. She was free spirited and was never worried about being viewed as silly or childish. She was a sensitive soul who always wanted to take care of others. She wasn't afraid to show her tears, whether they were tears of joy or tears of sorrow. She made everyone feel at home and comfortable, even in the most trying circumstances and difficult times. She was a light in the lives of everyone who loved her. We hope that this page will allow a little bit of her light to shine on in our lives forever. We love you, Emilee.
Emilee was a very loved person. She was surrounded by people who cherished her and will miss her always. She was our glue. Below are some loving words to or about Emilee from those who loved her most.
"I don't understand how you could really be gone, but your absence is felt profoundly. You really were my light and it's hard to see without you. You were such a powerful, moving force in my life, you set everything in motion. Even though it's difficult, I promise you to do my best and move forward, to do what I know would make you happy, to continue to be the authentic, whole person that you helped me to find within myself. I will forever think of you and cry that we aren't together anymore but smile that we were together at all. How can I live each day without touching your face, holding your hand or feeling your body next to mine? Without hearing your laugh, listening to the sound of your voice or seeing that twinkle that I loved in those beautiful hazel eyes of yours? I'm forever grateful that you chose me to be in your life, however fleeting it was. I'll never forget you, my love. I'll see you in my dreams." -Jeanie Walker
"You were more than just a sister to me, you were my friend. I loved spending time with you and when I heard the news that you were gone, the world stopped and it will never spin again. The world is truly a better place for having had you in it and a worse place in the wake of your passing. I'll miss you always and I'll try to do justice to your memory. I love you, sis."-Anthony McMillen
"It's hard to know what to do without you. You were such an example and an inspiration to me. A sister, a friend and a guide. When Anthony and I fell in love, you accepted me right away and I was forever your family. You brightened every one of my days. The only way I feel I can move past such a great loss is to remember how fortunate I was to have you in my life and to always strive to pass on the light that you created inside of me. I love you and I'll never forget you."- Thomas James "TJ" Watkins
"It's been hard not to be angry that you are gone. We need you here, you were everything to me. My life would be so much worse without your love and guidance. But as much as it hurts that you are gone, I realize that your love and guidance lives on in each of us. We will have to pull together and provide each other with the love and guidance that you left with us. I guess in some small way, you will live on with each of us and as long as we stay together, we will feel your presence and feel whole again. I love you." -Lorie McMillen
"I hate that you had to leave us so soon. The world needs you in it, it's not the same without you. How do we go on? I don't know that I will ever have the answer for how to go on, but I know that you gave me the courage that I need to try. We weren't born family, but when I started dating Lorie, I was lucky enough to be able to call you my sister from then on. You made my life better and it's a testament to your goodness that I feel lost without you. I miss your face and promise to think of you each day. I love you."-Jennifer Boswell
"We only knew each other for a short time, but you have forever changed my life. Your kindness, compassion, generosity, love and friendship are all things that I am forever grateful to have been given and I'll carry them with me always. Other friends might come and go in my life, but you'll always be my best friend. Death will never change that. I love you and I'll miss you always." -Tori Pollard
Understanding : Brain Aneurysm Statistics and Facts
Statistics and Facts
- An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people.
- The annual rate of rupture is approximately 8 – 10 per 100,000 people or about 25,000 – 27,000 people in the United States suffer a brain aneurysm rupture. There is a brain aneurysm rupturing every 18 minutes. Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about 40% of cases. Of those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit.
- Approximately 15% of patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) die before reaching the hospital. Most of the deaths from subarachnoid hemorrhage are due to rapid and massive brain injury from the initial bleeding which is not correctable by medical and surgical interventions.
- 4 out of 7 people who recover from a ruptured brain aneurysm will have disabilities.
- Brain aneurysms are most prevalent in people ages 35 - 60, but can occur in children as well. The median age when aneurysmal hemorrhagic stroke occurs is 50 years old and there are typically no warning signs. Most aneurysms develop after the age of 40.
- Most aneurysms are small, about 1/8 inch to nearly one inch, and an estimated 50 to 80 percent of all aneurysms do not rupture during the course of a person’s lifetime. Aneurysms larger than one inch are referred to as "giant" aneurysms and can pose a particularly high risk and can be difficult to treat.
- Women, more than men, suffer from brain aneurysms at a ratio of 3:2.
- Ruptured brain aneurysms account for 3 – 5% of all new strokes.
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is one of the most feared causes of acute headache upon presentation to the emergency department. Headache accounts for 1 – 2% of the emergency room visits and up to 4% of visits to the primary care offices. Among all the patients who present to the emergency room with headaches, approximately 1% has subarachnoid hemorrhage. One study put the figure at 4%.
- Accurate early diagnosis is critical, as the initial hemorrhage may be fatal, may result in devastating neurologic outcomes, or may produce minor symptoms. Despite widespread neuroimaging availability, misdiagnosis or delays in diagnosis occurs in up to 25% of patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) when initially presenting for medical treatment. Failure to do a scan results in 73% of these misdiagnoses. This makes SAH a low-frequency, high-risk disease.
- There are almost 500,000 deaths worldwide each year caused by brain aneurysms and half the victims are younger than 50.
- Based on a 2004 study, the combined lost wages of survivors of brain aneurysm rupture and their caretaker for a year were $138,000,000
- The cost of a brain aneurysm treated by clipping via open brain surgery more than doubles in cost after the aneurysm has ruptured. The cost of a brain aneurysm treated by coiling, which is less invasive and is done through a catheter, increases by about 70% after the aneurysm has ruptured.
- 10 – 15% of patients diagnosed with a brain aneurysm will harbor more than one aneurysm.
Get more information, support and resources or make a donation, view research or become a part of the online support community, visit The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
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