Courtesy of Black Enterprise
Fourteen years after being diagnosed with a ruptured brain aneurysm, actress Tamala Jones has made it her mission to educate children and young adults on the importance of personal health. Surviving a swollen and spouted blood vessel at just 23, Jones is a prime example of this medical malfunction not just occurring in â€œold people.â€
After being critically self-conscious and thinking herself to be weak for undergoing a possible life-threatening condition, the Hollywood starlet recently decided to go public with her past health issues. Remembering the brutal pain and divine blessing of her aneurysm, Jones gives BlackEnterprise.com a detailed recount of her near-fatal health scare in her own words. â€”Amber McKynzie
â€œ[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 couldnâ€™t go I was like, Oh, my God, I just had to pee really bad and now I donâ€™t have to. Then, I got up because my head was hurting, and I looked in the mirror and Iâ€™m telling you two seconds after I looked in that mirror I dropped and hit the floor.
I kept hearing myself tell myself, â€œGet up, get up now. Get up, get up, get upâ€¦,â€ 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, â€œSomethingâ€™s wrong with me. I canâ€™t come in. I have to go to the hospital.â€ They told me, â€œYou need to come into work. This is the last day of shooting for this season, and we donâ€™t have time to wait for you to go to the doctorâ€™s office.â€