Olmstead family's message about brain aneurysms helps save woman's life



Posted on December 24, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 24 at 7:01 PM

(WHAS11) - Last march we lost a dear friend here at WHAS11 News.
Our long time reporter Chuck Olmstead died of a brain aneurysm.
Since that time his family has worked tirelessly to spread the word about aneurysms and the warning signs that can be detected and people are listening.
In fact, his wife's message reached a local woman and that helped her to save her mother.
It was one meeting that truly brought joy to these women who've been through a lot.
Crystal Goodner didn't know Candy Olmstead before their meeting.
“Thank you so much for sharing your story, I know it was so close after Chuck’s passing but that did end up saving my mother’s life because that message was in the back of my mind the whole time,” said Crystal Goodner to Candy Olmstead.
Crystal saw an interview with Candy on WHAS11 in May.
 “If I can do anything for this community, if you have a headache that is more than three days whether it be severe or not it does not hurt for you to contact your doctor,” said Candy.
Candy Olmstead spoke out a few months after Chuck Olmstead passed away from a brain aneurysm, stressing to people the importance of early detection in aneurysms.
Goodner was listening and when her mother showed similar symptoms a few months ago she pressed doctors.
“I said I would like for you to give her a cat scan because she had been complaining of headaches it was because of you, message was in my head the whole time. What a wonderful story that we were able to save somebody,” said Crystal.
Doctors told Crystal if she'd waited another day to go to the doctor her mother Janice would not have survived.
“I am so happy that you acted as quickly as you did because that’s what the Chuck Olmstead Memorial Fund is all about getting that word out there so that no one ever has to go through what Chuck did,” said Crystal.
“She decided to make a difference and that’s the reason my mother is here today she made a difference in my life and we hope that our story together will help other people,” Crystal said of Candy.
Janice Goodner has worked at U of L for 30 years.
Since she's had so much time off work recovering, her co-workers have donated their paid time off to make sure she still has an income.

Janice Goodner is alive and has an amazing support system thanks in part to Candy Olmstead.
One woman's loss turned into another woman's miracle and that gives Candy something to smile about.
The Olmsteads are now working with Norton Hospital to create the brain mobile unit
It would be a mobile unit that would travel around the community to screen for brain aneurysms.
To make a donation to the Chuck Olmstead Memorial Fund call 629-8060.
Donations can be made by mail at Norton Healthcare Foundation
P.O. box 950184
Louisville, Kentucky 40295
Indicate your donation is to support the Chuck Olmstead Memorial Fund.