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 2023, it will be observed from February 12th to February 18th.

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?

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 2022 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 when you do.



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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


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Life After Sepsis Videos

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

Valli Williams


Actually I’m a survivor and this is a tribute. In Jan 2020 my father was having surgery scheduled in March to fix the infection in his foot from a previous surgery. (Sepsis and Surgery) He went into the hospital Feb 9,2020 and the last time I saw him there was Feb 14, 2020, when he told me what song to sing at his funeral (he loved to hear me sing) and told me he wasn’t going to make it out of the hospital. The infection traveled to his blood and gave him heart failure and eventually kidney failure. He ended ... Read Full Story

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Sarah C.

Survivor, Survivor

I don’t get sick often. I never have. But when I do its usually something serious!! One day I wasn’t feeling well and I had a fever with no cough or sore throat and I didn’t understand what was wrong. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that what would happen next would ever happen to me. 3 days later I wake up and my hip was hurting a little and I was limping. And by the end of the day I couldn’t even wipe my own butt. I couldn’t walk, I could hardly move. All I ... Read Full Story

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Tracy Thompson

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

Sept 2018 I was 50 yrs old, had felt slightly ill with a low grade fever for a few days. Went to the urgent care suspecting UTI. Was sent home to await results and a few days later woke up in significant pain. Went to local hospital where within hours they identified I was in serious condition based on what appeared to be internal bleeding and significant blood pressure drop. I was transferred to a trauma hospital where I could receive better care. I immediately underwent surgery to remove my ovaries (they stated a cyst ruptured and caused the infection).  ... Read Full Story

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Amy Kane

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

I had had some more post breast cancer reconstruction surgery and I was feeling increasingly confused. (Sepsis and Surgery) I knew I needed help but was only able to tell my husband, “bandaid” while pointing at my arm, signaling that I needed an IV. I got to the hospital ER and decompensated precipitously. I started hallucinating. (Sepsis and Hallucinations) I heard strange blasting in my ears like a crazy trombone. I knew I was dying and I was terrified yet I said nothing. I vomited into my oxygen mask before going into the CT scan and thought I would asphyxiate. ... Read Full Story

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Joseph K.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

On June 17, 2006 I departed Tallin, Estonia, bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, to join Linda, my wife, and two of her friends for a Russian holiday extending through June 27. I was having a recurring problem with athlete’s foot and was treating it with a medication I brought from America. Sandy was a nurse. She looked at the infected area and recommended that I continue treating it with the American medication. My wife and her friends then departed for America, and I departed to Bratislava, Slovakia, to prepare for an accounting training course I was to conduct. The athlete’s ... Read Full Story

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Usage Regulations

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