• Phil Anderson has been the Burleson ISD Athletic Director for the past eight years and was the assistant athletic director for four years.  COURTESY PHOTO/JASO’s PICASSOS PHOTOGRPAHY

Anderson recovering following medical issue

Many people count Burleson ISD Athletic Director Phil Anderson as a friend and two weeks ago, Anderson received an outpouring of prayers, good thoughts and love when he suffered a bleed in his brain June 21.

“I’m getting better,” Anderson said Thursday. “I”m staggering around like I’m drunk right now.”

Anderson, who was recovering from hernia surgery at the time, said he got very light-headed and dizzy. Knowing something wasn’t right he headed to a local minor emergency center.

An MRI revealed a brain bleed that was later diagnosed as a Cerebral Cavernous Malformation.

According to the Mayo Clinic website: Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are abnormally formed blood vessels. As opposed to other kinds of hemangiomas, CCM vessels, which have the appearance of a small mulberry, develop and create problems in the brain or spinal cord. These malformations, which can vary in size from two millimeters to several centimeters in diameter, may be hereditary but most often occur on their own.

Following the MRI, Anderson was transferred by ambulance to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

“It was in the middle of brain so they couldn’t operate on it,” Anderson said. “It stopped bleeding and now we are just waiting for it to dry up.”

Anderson, went home June 25, and is doing some light work.

“I’m working a little bit,” Anderson said. “Not much, just a little bit. We are trying to get the new scoreboard up and going.”

Anderson said his prognosis is good as long as the vessels don’t break again.

“I just have to rest that’s all you can do,” Anderson said. “It could conitnue to bleed or dry up. I have another MRI in August. We’ll just have to wait and see but that’s the way it goes. There’s not much brain up there anyway.”

One thing that has Anderson smiling is the amount of support he has received following the incident.

“I got all kind of texts and stuff from everybody around so that was pretty good,” Anderson said. “It is pretty nice. I appreciate all the prayers and concerns.”

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Phil Anderson has been the Burleson ISD Athletic Director for the past eight years and was the assistant athletic director for four years.  COURTESY PHOTO/JASO’s PICASSOS PHOTOGRPAHY