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Read stories from sepsis survivors and from people who have lost someone they love to sepsis. More than 1,000 stories cover the many types of infections that can cause sepsis, and the outcomes.
I don’t get sick often. I never have. But when I do its usually something serious!! One day I wasn’t feeling well and I had a fever with no cough or sore throat and I didn’t understand what was wrong. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that what would happen next would ever happen to me. 3 days later I wake up and my hip was hurting a little and I was limping. And by the end of the day I couldn’t even wipe my own butt. I couldn’t walk, I could hardly move. All I …Read storyView All Faces
I was 24 weeks pregnant when my water broke. I’d been feeling pretty ill lately, but chalked it up to being a mom of two toddlers, while pregnant. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) Once I arrived at the hospital they started us on antibiotics and assured me that my baby boy and I otherwise looked great. The next morning our lives changed forever. My son and I were not looking good at all. We were rushed into an emergency C section. Once I was in recovery I learned that my placenta was terribly infected and that I had moments to …Read storyView All Faces
I am a 3 time survivor of sepsis. Most recently, in 2018, I developed sepsis as a result of an infected pressure ulcer. (Sepsis and Pressure Ulcers) This last bout directly or indirectly led to 9 surgeries that necessitated spending most of 2019 in the hospital (including a colostomy), followed by another battle with bone infection that led to 4 months on antibiotics in 2020. I continue to be in recovery to this day, but I know no other option but to continue to fight and I’m not going to quit.Read storyView All Faces
My story of Strep A, toxic shock and sepsis. My 11-month-old son Teddy became ill in October 2018 around Halloween. I took him to the GP twice, then to a walk-in centre. He was admitted to hospital via ambulance for observation and then discharged a few hours later. I took him back to the hospital the following morning as I knew something was not right. He was observed again and then discharged with a district nurse attending our home the following morning. Teddy was then rushed in via ambulance, he had become severely unwell. The team struggled access veins, after …Read storyView All Faces
February 8, 2013 I was 8 days out from having an emergency cervical cerclage to help save my baby. I went to sleep fine. I was approximately 17 weeks pregnant so I thought my tiredness and sickness was pregnancy related. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) I woke up in the middle of the night with a fever, I assumed I had the flu. My daughter and mom had it but I stayed away because I was pregnant. I felt like I was freezing to death. By the time we made it to the gas station about 15 minutes away I …Read storyView All Faces
Many of today’s life saving medical and surgical procedures were first discovered or refined by the military.
Sepsis survivors and family members of people who have had sepsis may find themselves experiencing emotional and psychological issues that can make it difficult to move forward.
It’s About TIME™ is a national initiative to raise awareness of sepsis and the urgent need to seek treatment when symptoms are recognized.
Early detection is the best hope to survive and limit disabilities when sepsis is present.
Erin’s Campaign for Kids aims to combat the high incidence and mortality rates of sepsis among children. The campaign creates awards and training programs for nurses and other health professionals to help identify and treat a disease that, by conservative estimates, causes over 18 child deaths per day or 6,800 child deaths in the United States every year, more than pediatric cancers.