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Diagnosed with Sepsis

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

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Faces of Sepsis

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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.

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Mickey Totten


I went to the hospital Sept 3rd 2019 with some chest and shoulder pain. I remember them wanting to do a test for meningitis. That’s the last thing I remember! As I later found out I had walking pneumonia. (Sepsis and Pneumonia) I was intubated but aspirated “food in my lung” and they think that’s where the sepsis started but I still don’t really know. At least that’s what I was told. I woke up in the ICU 17 days later with my leg swollen and red, as well as my hand, twice the normal size from 6 blown IVs ... Read Full Story

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Bianca M.

Survivor, Survivor

It was February 27, 2021. My mother rushed me to the hospital after I complained about my fever for 7 days and severe headaches for 8 days. I after numerous testing, a lumbar puncture and evaluations, I was diagnosed with hydronephrosis, sepsis and intracranial hypertension. I was in the hospital for 11 days. I am now on the road to recovery. I still sepsis symptoms but am following up with infectious disease to learn more about sepsis and recover. Read Full Story

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John Burris

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

I am John Burris a Dance Educator who developed sepsis in 2014 from a severe case of pneumonia. (Sepsis and Pneumonia) Also in a medically induced coma for 3 weeks to realize what my next phase of life would be. Faced by 5 weeks of dialysis treatments and to face the next step to lose both my feet and hands within a 30 day period. My uphill like others were to face the outcome drive and rise to the many new challenges. Being a competitive dancer fighting as if I was on a stage competing all over again to be ... Read Full Story

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Marla Green

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

My journey began the end of Jan. 2020. We had recently moved to a new area, and really didn’t know our way around town much. After laying in bed sick and hurting in pain since, Thursday afternoon Jan. 31st, we called our doctor’s office first thing Friday morning to try to get in and be seen. We couldn’t see our new primary doctor because she was booked up solid, so I, was given the option to see another doctor we did not know in the same office, so they fit me in at the end of their day at 3:30 ... Read Full Story

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Blanca Duprey Torres

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

I can’t believe this site. I had it all. After coming out of the septic coma my health is horrible. (Sepsis and Septic Shock) I’m not that energetic, painless, horrible PTSD due to this. I have asked primary doctors, specialist, and the ER why I’m like this and they look at me like I’m crazy. Why can’t these paid medical doctors help more? Or learn more. This happened too me Sept and Oct of 2018. I just want to know will this get better? I do appreciate everyone on this site. I finally found something that someone can understand. God ... Read Full Story

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Faces of Sepsis
What is Sepsis?

Military & Veterans

Many of today’s life saving medical and surgical procedures were first discovered or refined by the military.

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Mental Health

Sepsis survivors and family members of people who have had sepsis may find themselves experiencing emotional and psychological challenges that can make it difficult to move forward.

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It’s About Time™

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.
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Erin’s Campaign for Kids


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.

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