May 16
AaronAvila , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

As fast as lightning strikes I became a stroke survivor.

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My name is Aaron Avila.

Born and raised 45 minutes north of San Francisco in Bay Area town called Santa Rosa.

Adopted at birth by Nonie and Verne Avila.

I have a sister Andrea Avila who was also adopted at birth and is two years older than me.

Born 9-1-63

My current age is 53

47 When I had my stroke 

Before my stroke I owned my own water storage tank and rainwater harvesting companies for 12 years.

My story

September 17th 2010
I had a Brain Aneurysm explode in m head than after surviving certain death from the brain aneurysm two weeks later I suffered a massive subarachnoid stroke.

Deficits: Can’t walk, Dysarthria, Balance issue, Social filter loss and a thousand other deficits.

Married 25+ years to the most awesome and amazing women on the planet.
Rebecca Avila 

Father to the most awesome son on the planet.
Ryan Avila 23

How I truly feel:

I was the type of guy that could do about anything I set my mind to.

Cutting down a 80’ tree….no problem.

Designing a water or rain harvesting system from scratch… problem.

Running a crew building a 250,000 gallon water storage tank………… problem.

Ran and owned my own companies for over 12 years BS (Before Stroke).

Then the course of my life would change forever.

I was doing the day to day grind and I truly believe there was only one thing that would stop me dead in my tracks.

A stroke and "Near death experience"

This event in my life forced me to fully re-evaluate all the things I, like most everyone, took for granted.

Life itself, walking, talking, feeling one with my body, family, friends but I truly believe that I’ve been given a Second Chance at life on earth.

However, the most devastating life event has now become my life's teacher. Stroke for me has now led me down a path to meet what I believe are the most amazing people on earth. Stroke and brain injury survivors. 

The chance to live two lives in this one! A second chance to learn not to take my life 
and the ones I love for granted!

Oh yes, in beginning part of me was so angry, suicidal, and felt ripped off but what I have learned since my stroke makes it all worth it!

I should have a big sign on my forehead…….Under Major Reconstruction!

I’m far from learning it all!

I would have to say and know with all my heart that if it was not for my incredible family and friends and their support I’d be in a much different place!

Tears of gratitude run down my face! 
Go stroke survivors!


Never Give Up!

With allot of positive energy,
Aaron Avila

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  • Fiorengina

    Hi Aaron,


    I live just south of you in San Francisco.  Your story of survival, courage and gratitude is what I needed this evening to be reminded how precious every moment is. Im so encouraged by your perseverance and love for life. Thank you for sharing the gift of positivity and the blessings you've found in the power of true healing. May it come back to you ten-fold.

  • yarn007

    I went on your Facebook page and spend quite a bit of time on there.   Just loved your drone flying.   For Christmas I got a little combate drone (rather cheap) thing and tried it a couple of times.   And couldn't fly it for beans.   Boy, did it make me appreciate your skills with your drone doing those flips!   Your footage above your pool was so cool.   Total bummer when you lost it to your pool.   But that footage was great.

    Keep up that positive energy.  Looking forward to checking in and seeing what you have been up to on Facebook.   Thanks so much for sharing your story.

  • Justintime

    Great to see another construction guy survived. I''m pretty new to this. Would love to hear more of your story.

  • jcummings26

    Hello! My name is John Cummings. I am a graduate student at NEIU in Chicago. I have found your story to be compelling and worth sharing. I would like to ask your permission to use it in a project for school – your name and picture will not be shown. My email is Please contact me. 

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