Patients & Family

Sepsis Alliance provides information and resources to help you better understand your or your loved one’s sepsis diagnosis.

Diagnosed with Sepsis

For anyone recently diagnosed with sepsis, this is the place to start.

Sepsis Basics

Sepsis Survivors

Some sepsis survivors recover completely and resume their lives, while others may struggle to cope with enduring effects of their illness. Here you can find information to help you navigate post-sepsis life.

Survivor Resources


When your loved one becomes ill with sepsis, you may not know what sepsis is or how to help them. Here are resources that may help you navigate this complex and difficult journey.

Caregiver Resources

Lost Loved Ones

Losing a loved one to sepsis can leave you with grief as well as many questions. Here are answers to some of the questions you may have after losing a loved one to sepsis.

Resources for Loved Ones

Sepsis Alliance Connect

Sepsis Alliance Connect is the virtual support community for anyone affected by sepsis.

Sepsis Alliance Connect

Faces of Sepsis

Robert Harrison


Before last year I was very healthy and hadn’t taken a sick day in over 15 years. Outside of the occasional head cold or touch of flu I never got sick. Extremely active. Most of my career has been in the restaurant business in upper management frequently traveling. Avid outdoorsmen and for my 57 years in better than average condition. No previous hospitalizations (a few minor outpatient procedures) and not on any meds. I contracted Covid in Early August 2021. (Sepsis and COVID-19) Had a cough and general flu-like symptoms on Sunday. I tested positive on Monday. Worked from home ... Read Full Story

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Tasha T

Survivor, Survivor

In October 25 of 2012, I had given birth to my second child. Labor and delivery were both perfect and I was over the moon happy. October 26th, the day after, my mom told me that I looked a little pale and clammy and asked me if I felt ok. I told her I was just tired and it must be from the delivery the day before. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) October 27th I was set to be discharged home with my new bundle of joy. I really wasn’t feeling well that morning. I felt extremely weak and cold. ... Read Full Story

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Holli T.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

I am a 2x triple negative breast cancer survivor AND a 2x sepsis survivor. The day Oregon shut down due to COVID-19, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. After I went through chemo and recovered, I underwent my second bilateral mastectomy to remove implants from my first bout with cancer (2017). At some point, I touched my dog and then my drain tube. It took less than 8 hours for my drainage to go from normal, to green and gross looking. (Sepsis and Cancer, Sepsis and Surgery, Sepsis and Invasive Devices) I was hospitalized, put on antibiotics. I was ... Read Full Story

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Heather Wargo

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

It all began on a Sunday. I had gone to the ortho dentist two days prior for dental work, to include the removal of an abscessed root canal. I was a 41 year old, mostly healthy woman and my youngest child was 6 months old and breastfeeding. Saturday evening, I began to feel as though I had picked up the flu or a bad cold… kinda achy, just tired. I didn’t have a fever, but I just felt off. (Sepsis and Dental Health) Sunday I woke up and my lower back was really sore, which I thought was strange, but ... Read Full Story

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Janice M.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

On 2/10/2020 I was leaving work to go to lunch around noon and I bumped my elbow on the door jam on my way out. All night that night I struggled with severe pain but the skin hadn’t broke it was just swollen so I took Motrin and tried to baby it. The morning I was still in extreme pain and I was trying to get ready for work and I keep falling over. I was dizzy, so I called into work and told them I was going to take Motrin and would try again in a couple hours. My ... Read Full Story

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