About Ralph

That big ugly tangle in the middle? That's an AVM

That big ugly tangle in the middle? That’s an AVM

Ralph is the name my boyfriend and I gave to the time bomb that’s sitting inside my head. Ralph is an AVM, or arteriovenous malformation – an abnormal tangle of blood vessels that should not exist. AVMs are congenital, meaning I was born with it, and can be anywhere in the body – but when they’re in the brain, they can cause all sorts of

things like headaches, seizures, funny feelings, muscle weakness/numbness and worst of all, they can rupture and cause a stroke. To learn more about Ralph (and see pictures!), click here.

To learn more about AVMs in general, check out these websites:

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/TypesofStroke/HemorrhagicBleeds/What-Is-an-Arteriovenous-Malformation-AVM_UCM_310099_Article.jsp

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000779.htm

Finally, if you or somebody you know has been affected by an AVM, aneurysm,  cavernous malformation or anything similar – I highly recommend joining this website for support. It’s helped me through so much to know that I’m not alone.

http://www.avmsurvivors.org/

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