When I first began to dance about eight years ago, I used to watch a lot of videos. Being from a small town in Canada, it was one of the only ways that I could learn.
Steelo was one of the bboys that truly inspired me back then. His style was amazing, and he battled like a monster. Plus, he looked kinda tall. This gave me hope that I could be awesome despite being tall and lanky (for a bboy)! I’m serious, I wanted to be like him.
About a year ago, bboy Steelo suffered an aneurysm. Here is his story:
I started dancing during the first year of my neuroscience degree. After that, I went to physical therapy school, and I’ve been working ever since. Through all of this, I’ve continued to dance – in fact, my interest in movement stems from dancing, and has guided my career ever since.
Currently, I work in the rehabilitation department of a local hospital. As a physical therapist, I get to help people exactly like Steelo every day. Most people think of physical therapy in terms of what happens at private clinics – treating sports injuries and such. But what I love about my job is what you saw in the video above. Watching it has reminded me of this.
Thank you, Steelo. Thank you for inspiring me back then, and continuing to inspire me now.
Aneurysm Awareness –
What it is, Risk Factors, Signs & Symptoms
If they rupture, it can cause bleeding into the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). There are many causes of stroke. To learn more, go here.
Their presence can be hereditary or caused by disease. Sometimes, it’s completely unknown (idiopathic).
- Family History of Aneurysm or Stroke.
- High Blood Pressure.
- Atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of arteries due to plaque).
- Diseases that inflame the blood vessels (vasculitis).
- Certain genetic conditions – like Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and Turner syndrome.
- Trauma – like a car accident.
Prevention includes screening (if you have a family history) for genetic conditions and risk factors, eating healthy, not smoking, and exercising regularly. Understand that while this lowers risk substantially, it doesn’t prevent them completely (some are genetic).
Signs & Symptoms:
Early detection can save lives and lead to better outcomes. If you recognize these signs and/or symptoms in someone, get them medical attention:
- Sudden, intense headache.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Fatigue, drowsiness, or confusion.
- Occasionally, stiff neck.
When an aneurysm ruptures, signs and symptoms can resemble stroke:
- Sudden weakness or uncoordinated movements on one side of the body.
This can look like trouble walking, or drooping of one side of the face.
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech.
- Vision problems.
- Sudden headache
- Sudden dizziness.
If you suspect an aneurysm or stroke, call 911.
Again, I would like to thank Steelo for his continuing inspiration in my life as a bboy, as well as my career as a physical therapist. I wish him the best and hope to see him ripping up the floor again soon.
You too can support Steelo through his recovery by donating here: www.steelo444.com
You can follow him and his journey on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Steelo444