Being discharged from the hospital is a good day for most people, but it can also be stressful. Post-sepsis life can have challenges, especially if you have been left with long-term problems related to your illness. Some survivors recover completely and resume their lives, while others may struggle to cope, something no one expected.
Here you can find information to help you navigate post-sepsis life.
Sepsis Survivor Week, February 10-16, 2019
September is Sepsis Awareness Month, which helps promote awareness of sepsis, with the goal that increased awareness will result in early recognition and treatment. This in turn can save thousands of lives. Starting this year, Sepsis Alliance is adding to the awareness efforts by launching Sepsis Survivor Week, which will focus on the survivors and the challenges they may face. To be held each year during the second week of February, this year’s Sepsis Survivor Week will run from February 10th to 16th. Click here to learn more about Sepsis Survivor Week.
After discharge from the hospital
Learning about post-sepsis syndrome (PSS)
Coping with mental health issues
Explaining post-sepsis issues to others
Conditions that can cause sepsis
Know the sepsis facts
Help spread sepsis awareness
Faces of Sepsis
Share your story through our Faces of Sepsis feature. There are more than 1,000 stories from survivors and people who have lost a loved one to sepsis. Sharing your story has three initial benefits. Many survivors and loved ones feel that writing the story down and sharing it allows them to process feelings about their illness and the aftermath. It also helps others, the readers, learn that they aren’t alone.
Too many sepsis survivors think that no one understands what they’ve gone through but when they read these stories, they no longer feel so alone. These stories also show the readers that sepsis can affect anyone – their family, friend, coworker.
Host a talk
Sepsis Alliance has made available a kit called Sepsis 911, Community Education Presentation. A second one focusing on sepsis and aging will be available soon.
By giving talks to social groups, friends and family, school, even coworkers, you can help educate the people around you about sepsis, what it is, how it happens, and how to reduce your risk of developing it. The kit provides you with material you need for a successful talk, such as a leader’s guide (with script), a video, customizable promotional materials, surveys, and more.
Host an awareness event/fundraiser
Local awareness events are being held across the country, spearheaded by individuals like you. Whether you want to hold a Stomp Out Sepsis or Sips for Sepsis event, or anything in between, these events help raise awareness and raise funds for Sepsis Alliance, to help support the organization’s awareness efforts. Or if you’d rather do an online awareness event, that works too. Check out the Host An Event page for other ideas and a fundraising toolkit.
Find local events
If you are interested in participating in an awareness event but don’t feel you can organize one, check to see if there is one going on near you. Visit our Events page for a calendar of upcoming events.
Give to Sepsis Alliance
Sepsis Alliance is the nation’s leading organization, working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. As a non-profit organization, Sepsis Alliance depends on grants and donations from people like you. Every dollar counts, so no gift is too small. Many employers match donations to non-profit organizations, so you may want to check if your employer does. This can stretch your donation even more. Click here for our donation page.
Buy Sepsis Alliance products
You can find sepsis awareness products in our store. From symptoms cards to t-shirts, these products may introduce the word to someone who has never heard of it, stimulating a conversation about what sepsis is.
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