What happens after I submit my story?
Once your Faces of Sepsis story has been submitted, a member of the Sepsis Alliance team will reach out to you via email to ensure that the contact information we have is correct and, if necessary, to clarify any parts of the story that may not be clear. Please watch your email for this confirmation. If you have not received an email within a week of submitting your story, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can check that your story was entered into the system. Please check your spam or junk mail folder first to make sure the email hasn't been redirected.
Will my story be changed?
We reserve the right to make minor edits to stories submitted for posting on the site. We make every effort to keep the contributor's voice in the story, editing for spelling and clarity. If there is confusion about any aspect of the story or major changes are needed, we will send you an email with the changes for your approval.
Is there a word limit for a Faces of Sepsis submission?
While there is no word limit, we have learned that stories no longer than 600 to 800 words are the easiest for reading online. Since many people access the internet with mobile devices, longer stories may be difficult to read.
Do I have to use my real name with my story?
We encourage people to use their name when submitting a story, as it helps their friends and family spread awareness. However, given the sensitivity of some stories, we understand that not everyone is comfortable being identifiable online. If this is the case, you may use your initial or a nickname when you enter the information on the form.
Do I have to submit a photo with my story?
You do not have to submit a photo, although we have found that stories with photos are read more often than those without.
What type of photo do you want for the story?
Most people submit a head shot or profile shot of the person who is featured. If you want to include stories of family members or friends, please ensure that they are aware of and approve the use of their image online.
Can I name the hospital and staff that treated me?
Sepsis Alliance reserves the right to remove identifying information of any facility or person named in a Faces of Sepsis story. Reasons we may do so include accusations of malpractice or negligence, which have not been proven in court.
Who can see my story?
Anyone who visits the Sepsis Alliance website will be able to see your Faces of Sepsis story. As well, your story may be found through search engines such as Google
Can I update my story?
Faces of Sepsis stories can be updated by sending the information to email@example.com.
Can I ask that my story be removed from the site?
Faces of Sepsis stories may be removed upon request. It is important to keep in mind that although photos and text may be deleted from the site, copies may exist elsewhere online and may never be completely removed.
How long will it take for my story to be posted?
It can take from one to a few weeks for a Faces of Sepsis story to be posted on the site. Once your story has been posted, you will receive an email with the URL that you can share with others.
Can I get involved in sepsis awareness efforts with Sepsis Alliance?
Yes! We rely on volunteers to help educate others about sepsis. After you submit your story, you will receive a questionnaire so you can tell us how you would like to participate.