Disease and body malfunction has no age, while we never think that it can happen to us, time and time again it proves to be true. At the age of 23, actress Tamala Jones was diagnosed with a ruptured brain aneurysm.
After surviving a swollen and spouted blood vessel, she has made it her mission fourteen years later to be an advocate for educating children and young adults on the importance of health. There are so many malfunctions that occurr in the body that young people have the misconception that it only occurss in “old people." Jones sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to discuss the struggles during her near fatal incident and life after. Check out an excerpt from her account below. --Krystal Holmes
“[I woke] up one morning with a massive headache; feeling like I had to use the bathroom, like I had to urinate really bad. When I got out of bed I had no balance. I was walking on my toes and I was stomping. When I got to the bathroom, I plopped down on the toilet. I had no control over my body weight. And when I couldn’t go I was like, Oh, my God, I just had to pee really bad and now I don’t have to. Then, I got up because my head was hurting, and I looked in the mirror and I’m telling you two seconds after I looked in that mirror I dropped and hit the floor.
I kept hearing myself tell myself, “Get up, get up now. Get up, get up, get up…,” and I kind of woke up as if somebody shook me out of a sleep, and the whole right side of my body was numb. I called work and I told them, “Something’s wrong with me. I can’t come in. I have to go to the hospital.” They told me, “You need to come into work. This is the last day of shooting for this season, and we don’t have time to wait for you to go to the doctor’s office.”
[At the time] I was working on For Your Love [a WB sitcom] and I went there and my right arm was stuck in a position. I could not move it. They kept throwing jackets and purses over it trying to cover it. They were like, “You can’t bend your arm?” I’m like, “No!” And my head was still pounding.
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