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Country musician Drake White, who collapsed last week during an appearance on the stage in Roanoke, VA, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with a debilitating disease of the brain.
About 15 minutes after the start of the set from last Friday’s “Livin’ the Dream’, the singer started to slip and was caught by a member of the group to sink to the bottom of it. Later, he was rushed to the hospital, as well as tweeted to his worried fans: “Hello friends — sorry we had to cut it short tonight. I will get that checked out by some of Roanoke’s finest documents, and we will keep you in the know. Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support. “Love ya!”
Now, White has been the onset of the disease, he is known for since its opening in January, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormal vascular formation in the brain, which interferes with the flow of blood.
“He was stealing blood from my brain,” White told People magazine. “The neurologist told me that I should be thankful it was caught in time, because it can lead to a stroke.”
His health struggles began in his home in Nashville, tn during the winter, when the 35-year-old came down with a headache he couldn’t shake.
“In the morning, and I had been working on and went to a lunch meeting, and that’s when the headaches started,” White said. “By 2 o’clock I was in bed, and seeing spots in my left eye, and that’s when, my left hand started to become numb, to go to. I’ve been trying to sleep it off but woke up with the same intense headache.”
White and his wife, Jennifer, 33, is not taking a risk, and went straight to the emergency room, even if his diagnosis would not be easy.
The real nightmare is that there’s something wrong with you, and don’t know what it is,” the writer said. “No one was able to tell me what was wrong.”
White might have to wait a few days after a “cold turkey” of the MRI and the angiogram, for the INITIATED, it was discovered that the doctors were of the opinion, it is most likely a birth defect.
He has already undergone an embolization procedures, and the redirection of blood flow away from the area of the deformity, one of them occurring in just four days to go before last Friday’s show in VA, where he recently performed along with his band The Big Fire. However, White said his doctor had reported to him that she was a “knock-out, 75% of the mass, and the hope is that he will still need the AVM system drivers-free by the end of this year.
The “Makin’ Me Again ‘ singer is said to be able to perform in spite of his illness is “therapy” for him. “Emotionally, it made me realize that I would not be able to do that,” he added.
He and his wife, saying that he and his prognosis has been nothing short of a “miracle”, and in the hope their story will help to restore others ‘faith in God’.
“I’m not telling this story to me,” White told the outlet. “A man needs to know about it, and, God willing, to share. It will help you to believe in miracles, and I can feel the energy. The world needs that kind of energy right now.”
This story was first published in the New York Post.