On February 28, 2014, Cheryl Diffin suffered from a ruptured aneurysm which caused her to have a subarachnoid hemorrhage. 50% of the people who suffer from this type of bleed don’t make it to the hospital. Of the 50% that DO make it to the hospital, 50% don’t LEAVE the hospital. By all accounts, she should have died. In fact, the doctor’s told us, once she got to the ER, that she probably wouldn’t survive the night.

Luckily, she did.

Unfortunately, a week later, she suffered from a severe stroke that pretty much wiped her out. The stroke did all the damage that the ruptured aneurysm should have done. She was unable to speak, unable to swallow… she couldn’t walk or even answer the most basic questions. She couldn’t even show the doctor two fingers when asked to.

Based on the damage the stroke did to her brain, the doctors told us that she probably would never walk or talk again and that we should start preparing for her to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair unable to care for herself.

What started out as a tragedy, turned to into an even bigger tragedy.

She would ultimately spend close to 5 weeks in acute rehab before finally going home. Altogether she spent 167 days in three different facilities.

BURST! What I learned When My Girlfriend’s Aneurysm Popped* is a detailed account of everything that happened to her during those days. Told from the perspective of Manny Fonseca, who was there for every single one of those days, helping her get back on her feet. Manny also acted as Cheryl’s advocate, making sure Cheryl got the best care. He did everything from dealing with the nurses, the doctors, to dealing with the insurance company and the therapists.

It’s through this account that the reader can understand the FULL experience of what happens when tragedy strikes a family. From therapy to the paper work to the actual cost of the treatment received. No part of the process is overlooked.

BURST! is the whole picture. Not just from the viewpoint of a survivor going through the recovery process and not just a clinical viewpoint of a doctor who has never HAD a stroke.

BURST! also does not sugarcoat the experience. It is a frank, no nonsense, honest view of what a person goes through when caring for someone that has had a ruptured aneurysm, a stroke or really any health issue that lands a person in a hospital. The author does not shy away from the dark thoughts that a looms in a person’s mind as they sit at a loved ones bedside in intensive care. Nor does it “spin” the choices made while advocating for a patient. It’s a “what not to do” as much as a how to.

It is designed to prepare people currently going through such a tragedy as much as it’s a discussion for those that have already gone through a similar experience. Whether that experiences happened last week, last year or ten years ago. Awareness can not happen without discussion and through discussion, hope of recovery can occur.

At the core, as horrible of a story Cheryl’s tragedy is, it’s also a beacon of hope. Cheryl, by all accounts, beat the odds. The odds against dying, the odds against her walking and talking again. The odds against getting back the life she had before.

Cheryl is entering her third year of her recovery and she’s still making gains. She’s still moving forward. She;’s still getting her life back. It’s been a long, hard road, but there is a silver lining.

BURST! gives readers hope, while keeping that hope in perspective. It’s going to take time, but survivors of an aneurysm and a stroke WILL GET BETTER.

BURST! What I learned When My Girlfriend’s Aneurysm Popped* is unique in that there is no other book on the market that gets THIS detailed about an experience such as this.

BURST! is currently looking for a publisher. Please contact Manny for a copy of the proposal and/or manuscript.