Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Share Your Story...




I don't know what I'm more excited about!!!! The chance to share our stories to help spread awareness of CCMs thanks to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the small monetary honorarium that could be donated to my favoritest charities, or that Starbucks is selling eggnog lattes for the holidays again!!!!!!!!!

I jest. But come on. I wait all year for those lattes. Just saying.

Anyway, my plan? I can sit in Starbucks with my laptop, sip my delightful eggnog latte or four (SQUEEEE!!!!), and enter. Maybe you should too!

The stories. Not the lattes. Unless, like me, you dream of them. Every night. Until they appear again, like magic...

But I'm digressing again. Here's how to enter:

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is seeking stories from neurosurgical patients of all ages to be submitted electronically on its user-friendly online Patient Story Submissions page. The goal of this initiative is to help educate people about the role of the neurosurgeon in treating a wide range of medical conditions and diseases.

Have you or a family member undergone successful surgery to treat Parkinson’s disease, congenital deformities, hydrocephalus, tumors of the central nervous system, low back or neck pain, stroke, cerebral aneurysms, head injuries, or any of the many other conditions treated by neurosurgeons? If so, consider submitting your story and help the AANS reach out to the public. Parents may submit stories on behalf of their children, and family members may submit stories on behalf of immediate relatives.

Submissions will be subject to editorial review by a panel of neurosurgeon experts. Patients whose stories ultimately get posted on the Web site will receive a small monetary honorarium as a token of appreciation. Accepted stories may also be featured in press releases during Neurosurgery Awareness Week, Neurosurgery Outreach Month, or other public awareness campaigns.

Visit to submit your story!

The direct link to this page:

To read past stories that patients of AANS member neurosurgeons have shared, please visit

(Thanks to Miss PattiG for passing this along. Above courtesy of AANS here. Red highlighting mine because those parts kickass. Sorry. But they do. Kick. Ass.)

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