Hi my name's Caroline and I live in west Yorkshire. Ten years ago I was out shipping and I walked past a high street shop which sells smellies. As I got past I sneezed and was unable to see. The pain was so bad I hit the floor, somehow I dragged myself up, I just knew something was wrong. Somehow I got myself to the LGI hospital. Collapsing in the doorway I came round a little while later in a cubicle. They kept asking what drink and drugs I had had as it was the Leeds festival. I hadn't but they kept asking me. After an hour or so I was given some cocodamol, it didn't do anything. After 3 hours in a+e my speach went, I was trying to tell to my Dad on the phone what had happened and I was talking about elephants! At this time they decided to send me to St James hospital to see an eye specialist. She saw me after a short time and said I probably just had a migraine (it wasn't as I've suffered with them since I was 12) anyway I was sent home and told I'd feel better soon, if only. The pain just got worse and I couldn't function. After many trips to my gp he refered me for scans. I was told the scans were ok but I was still so ill. I was on oramorph and tramadol and still screaming and crying in pain. Around a month after the scams I got a call to say there was something on the scan and would like to see me in person. I didn't know what to expect apart from the worst, I thought my time was up. The consultant told me I had 2 small brain aneurysms, he then told me that they try not to operate unless the aneurysms bursts. I would be treated with medication. He was and still is convinced that aneurysms don't cause pain. I was going for scans every 6 months and with every scan another aneurysm appeared. After 3 years of begging the consultant said he would do elective surgery. At this point I had 6 aneurysms and had lost my home and my job because I was so ill and I couldn't look after myself. On the morning of surgery the consultant stated again that he didn't think the stent would help in any way with the pain. I was willing to do anything to have even just one day of no pain. I woke up pain free and never needed the oramorph or tramadol again. So 7 years on I'm doing ok health wise just finding it hard that I'm not the person I was going in to surgery. A shadow of my former self, a milder version. Does anyone else feel their brain injury changed you as a person?