Italian-American chef, writer, restaurateur, and Iron Chef host.
Q & A with Mario Batali. When was the first time you heard the term brain aneurysm? Mario: Like so many people, I never heard the term brain aneurysm until the day I had one. What did you experience that made you seek medical attention? Mario: I was preparing for opening night of my restaurant Lupa, in the company of my Pastry Chef and Sous Chef, when I ended up with the worst headache of my life and decided to take a taxi to the emergency room. What advice would you give people who are apprehensive about brain aneurysm treatment as well as the recovery process? Mario: I would advise anyone who needs brain aneurysm surgery to go into surgery with confidence because it could save your life and in terms of recovery, face it one day at a time. How long was your recovery process? Mario: I was very lucky to have a brief recovery period of about six weeks—at which time I felt I could resume my regular daily activities. I have learned it can take some people a few years. I believe my immediate treatment led to my relatively speedy recovery. How do you feel recovering from a brain aneurysm has impacted your life? Mario: I am simply happy to be alive and thankful for the medical advances that allowed for the treatment of my brain aneurysm. I am grateful to still be cooking! Do you feel it is important to raise awareness of brain aneurysms and stress the importance of early detection? Mario: I absolutely feel it is necessary to raise brain aneurysm awareness and increase early detection of brain aneurysms because it can help save lives. What do you feel is most important for the public to know about brain aneurysms? Mario: The public should know the symptoms, the risk factors, and that early detection and immediate treatment will have a huge impact on the success of your recovery. The public should also be aware of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation as a resource for education, support, and research.