Don’s Story: “Just Like That, My Whole Life Changed!” Recovering From A Ruptured Brain Aneurysm


Acquired brain injury survivor and past president of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation Don talks about his recovery from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Don was a Human Resource Executive for a high-tech company for 20 years before he suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and consequent aphasia in 1992. He was never able to work again.

"I was in a meeting. Went out . Boom -just like that, my whole life changed. I had a great job. meeting people. Life was good."

His neurologist's encouragement and Brain injury support meetings have helped Don's progress. "It took 10 months to read a [short] book." "We'd go golfing, and I'd laugh and joke. ..At least try."

"Jane [spouse] was there to help me the whole time."

"You can get better. It takes time."

This episode is part of the “Survivor Stories” program, a partnership between the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and Dan Gardner, MD. For more information or to inquire about contributing to our Survivor Stories, please contact the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation at or (619) 294-6541. For information about resources for brain injury survivors, family members and professionals please visit

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