Her grandmother died of a ruptured brain aneurysm, and Diana Fritzson was 38 when her mother died of the same cause at age 63. Fritzson refused to be the third link in that chain.
After discovering aneurysms do run in some families, Fritzson sought annual screenings, which came back clean. “Maybe I dodged this,” she thought.
But during her screening in 2014, a small balloon in one of her blood vessels appeared.
For another four years, Fritzson waited and watched under the care of her neurologist, her anxiety growing. She worried every time she suffered a migraine, but low likelihood of rupture and her overall good health meant the doctor wasn’t too concerned.
Fritzson, though, was scared. “I saw my mother die. I knew my grandmother died of this. What am I going to do, sit here and wait for it to rupture?” she remembers thinking.