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

Kimberly Emanuel


January 7th began with a sigh of relief. I had made it to 2nd semester and no one in my home was affected by COVID. At that point, this was a major accomplishment and I felt all of our precautions were successful. My husband noticed that my responses this particular evening were off. He found my answers odd and I seemed distracted. Following his instincts, he called 911. The operator asked him to ask me my name. I was able to muster the first syllable before losing consciousness. Within an hour of arriving at the hospital, I was placed on ... Read Full Story

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Patricia Casey

Survivor, Survivor

It was 2009, I was pregnant and had a regular cold. The doctor turned me back because I was pregnant and sent me home with Tylenol. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) One week later, my cold turned into pneumonia to septic shock. (Sepsis and Pneumonia, Sepsis and Septic Shock) Things deteriorated fast, went straight to the ICU, had a miscarriage. My both lungs collapsed, was put on ECMO for 4days, lost 75% of my hair. One month later, survived went home and two months later got pregnant and had my daughter. No major issues today shortness of breath and a ... Read Full Story

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Yvonne D.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

In Aug 2022 I collapsed at home. No warning, no air, everything went black. 5 days in ICU, 5 more on a ward. Diagnosed with severe pneumonia. (Sepsis and Pneumonia) I felt I was released too soon. Something was still wrong. No one listened. 2 weeks later I was back in the ICU shivering cold, low body temp, blood pressure very low and ambulance drivers hadn’t been able to get a pulse. Rapid breathing but breathless. In ICU 2 days and was then put to sleep, intubated and sent to a larger hospital on full life support. A bronchoscopy was ... Read Full Story

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Veronica Downey

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

I remember…just feeling so sick. Looking back? I never ever believed my entire life would change. I had a high fever, had been coughing for days. I put myself on antibiotics after a failed trip on a Friday with a nurse at my doctor’s office said “it’s a virus”. I was sure 48 hours later when I had a friend take me to the ER that it was bronchitis. I remember my vitals being taken. And then the man said “one second” and left. That’s not good right? When he came back he was pale and told me to just ... Read Full Story

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Jessica Enderle

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

October 1, 2019, I came home from work feeling a bit tired. We had moved our office location that day, so I thought I was just exhausted from moving boxes and furniture. About 3 hours later, I felt like I had been hit by a truck. My husband had plans to go out of town for the weekend and I encouraged him to go. He left early on October 2. I continued to feel worse. Flu-like. My dad came over and decided to take my daughter with him for a sleepover at their house. I am so thankful for that ... Read Full Story

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