Sarah Bowers

Survivor

I was diagnosed with sepsis on April 27, 2018 after spending 8 days in and out of doctor’s offices. I went in on April 19th for a routine IUD placement. (Sepsis and Invasive Devices) I knew the following day that something wasn’t right, but it took a week of misdiagnosis before doctors would agree to removing the device.

During that time I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts, kidney stones, a UTI and the stomach flu. All along I knew something wasn’t right with the IUD. The day I was admitted to the hospital, I was in the process, once again, with being discharged when my OBGYN finally took note of my symptoms, diagnosing me with sepsis. I truly believe that it was that decision that saved my life.

I spent 11 days in the hospital fighting for my life and another 5 weeks on a PICC line trying to save my reproductive system. Once healthy enough, I had a hysterectomy to remove the remaining infection.

What I wish people knew about sepsis is that it can happen to anyone. Educating yourself about sepsis allows you to be an advocate for your own health. Sepsis doesn’t end with your hospital release. The impacts and PTSD stay with you; every time you get sick, and for every family member who becomes ill. (Sepsis and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) A year later, I’m proud of my journey and proud of each and every moment that I get to enjoy living this wonderful life.