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It happened without warning. On the night of May 12, a huge aneurysm in my brain ruptured. The pain was like nothing I'd ever felt before. I literally almost died.

But it's almost all over now. My wife Erlinda and I are back home in Orlando and I'm recuperating from brain surgery.

Want to know the details? See the Chronology in the upper left for the complete sequence of events. Check the Links section for items such as Feedback, where you can talk back to us.

And if you're wondering: "What's an aneurysm, anyway?" See the Definitions section for details in words and pictures.