Sepsis Survivor Week

As many as 60% of sepsis survivors are left not only with physical challenges but mental and emotional challenges too. 

During Sepsis Survivor Week we partner with sepsis survivors to honor their experience by sharing their individual stories of survival and bringing awareness to the unseen mental, emotional, and physical challenges many survivors face every day.

Sepsis Survivor Week is an annual observance that takes place the 2nd week of February. In 2024, it will be observed from February 11th to February 17th.

This year, we also want to honor the caregivers, providing support while their loved one recovers from sepsis.

We prepared these shareable resources to help you honor sepsis survivors and spread awareness of the challenges they face. Will you join us?

Are you a healthcare professional looking for courses around sepsis survivorship? Find courses and discussions in Sepsis Alliance Institute. Click here.

You can also make a gift to support Sepsis Alliance resources by clicking here.

 

 


Get the facts

Make sure you have all the facts about sepsis survivors. To download our 2023 Life After Sepsis fact sheet, click here.

Life After Sepsis Information Guide

To download this easy-to-print guide about what to expect after surviving sepsis, click here.

Life After Sepsis Trifold

To download a printable version of this helpful trifold about life after sepsis, click here.

To download a version for viewing online, click here.

To learn more and find resources for sepsis survivors, click here.

 

Infographics to Share

Spread the word – #SepsisSurvivor

Click here to access downloadable infographics, like the ones below, to share with your social media community. Remember to hashtag #SepsisSurvivor and tag @SepsisAlliance.

       

       

**Please see below for usage regulations

Download the Sepsis Survivor Week Poster

Thank you to everyone who provided photos for our Sepsis Survivor Week poster in 2021! Click below to download, print, and share.

 

Download the poster – 11″ x 17″ – click here

 

**Please see below for usage regulations

Life After Sepsis Videos

 

Interested in more videos featuring sepsis survivors? Check out Sepsis Alliance’s YouTube channel by clicking here.

Caregiver Information

When your loved one becomes ill with sepsis, it can be a scary time – one that most people aren’t prepared for. You may not know what sepsis is or how to help your loved one.

Download our guide, When a Loved One Has Sepsis: A Caregiver’s Guide, for more information about navigating this difficult time.

To download the guide, click here

 

 

 

 

Read Survivor Stories

Charlene W.

Survivor

Hello to everyone, my story begins Jan 2024 after I had full hysterectomy surgery. (Sepsis and Surgery) They sent me home with the catheter in my bladder which gave me a UTI. (Sepsis and Urinary Tract Infections) I was given antibiotics but obviously it wasn’t caught in time before invading my bloodstream and organs. A few days later my sister rushed me to the ER and demanded I was seen immediately. I was lethargic, weak, in pain, eyes yellow, 103 temp, very delusional. Immediately they started running tests, etc., and was told I had sepsis. I spent 2 weeks in ... Read Full Story

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Savon Khiev

Survivor, Survivor

04/26/2022, my husband (38 years old) had acute ruptured appendicitis that led to severe sepsis. (Sepsis and Appendicitis) Luckily, we made it to the hospital in time after he returned back to Houston from Austin. It led to acidosis, collapsed lung, pericardial effusion, and he had a heart attack. He was in the hospital for about a week, but now we are told he may have an abscess because there’s a mass in his right abdomen. He had an exercise stress test and failed it, so he will be doing a nuclear stress test in a few days to see ... Read Full Story

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Stella G.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

When I was a little girl I was energetic, I was super social and happy and smart, I travelled and made friends everywhere I went. I got sick when I was 6, I don’t remember it all, I don’t remember the exact timeline of it all, I remember being in pain. I remember multiple doctors sending my family and I home because they thought I was looking for attention. I remember being on the news. Nobody knew what was wrong and nothing we did helped until I eventually was given antibiotics, a lot of them. It was a Monday morning, ... Read Full Story

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Jael Reeber

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

It was January of 1991. I was 18 years old and had been helping my Mom clean a house. We had just been living in Northeastern New Mexico for about 3 months. After we finished cleaning ( I never used gloves back then), I was unusually tired and on coming home had a bowl of Ramen noodles, a little piece of cheese and then decided to take a nap. I was awakened from the nap by the violent urge to vomit and that continued for the next several hours. Every liquid my Mom gave me came straight back up. The ... Read Full Story

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David Guy

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

On July 25,2022 I underwent hip replacement surgery on my right hip and the recovery was progressing really well to the point I was jogging and ready to go back to work by the end of October. On November 4,2022 after my last rehab session I started having discomfort my hip on the way home. By the time I got home 30 minutes later at 4:30, I was feeling disoriented and started having a low grade fever. By 6:30 it was 103.5 and I was shivering. I emailed my physical therapist who contacted my surgeon, who told me to come ... Read Full Story

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Usage Regulations

**This toolkit and the materials presented and linked within it are the sole property of Sepsis Alliance. This toolkit and the materials presented and linked within it are meant to be shared and used for educational and awareness raising purposes only. The toolkit and the materials presented and linked within cannot be reproduced and sold for monetary value. When used for educational and awareness raising purposes, the materials must be used as follows:

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