Leslie died when she was only 61. She was a beautiful, kind, loving, and giving person. She and I were married for almost 40 years, blessed with 2 sons and 3 grandchildren whom she loved with unbelievable intensity. She was the consummate mother and grandmother with the capacity to give and then give more, asking for nothing in return.
Fortunate to retire early, we moved to the west
Leslie had her first seizure when she was 18. In those days the diagnostic tools were not yet available to identify the cause of the seizure. It was attributed to being “one of those things.”
When she was about 42 she had another seizure. The recent advent of CAT scans finally enabled the diagnosis of an AVM. Fortunately, neither of her prior seizures caused a bleed. Regardless, those of us who knew her were aware that there were noticeable changes in her memory and organizational skills, among other symptoms. The AVM had taken its first noticeable bite.
We sought the best known neurological centers in
AVMs are one of the silent killers. I believe that certain fatal aneurysms and other intracranial hemorrhages are in actuality AVMs. It seems that there must be a greater incidence of AVM in the population than reflected by the statistics. Certainly there are surgical techniques for reducing AVMs, but the risks of the currently available surgical options are too high for cases like Leslie’s. AVM is complex, poorly understood, and not readily diagnosed, deserving of more research funding for the betterment of the general public. It is too late for Leslie and untold others, but together we can help ensure long life for the AVM afflicted at risk today.
Help us kill the AVM monster before it gets too many more of us!
Leslie on Lake George