Jennifer Litsch

Survivor

In 2013, shortly after my daughter began kindergarten, I nearly died from sepsis.

One evening I started having stomach issues that I passed off as indigestion. It quickly worsened, and I went to the ER the following day. The doctor initially thought it was my appendix, but when I was in surgery and they opened me up, they found I was going septic from ruptured cecal diverticulitis. They repaired the rupture by way of removing the cecum and six inches of my intestine, and I was hospitalized for two weeks thereafter as the sepsis was treated.