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 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 when you do.



**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


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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

Sarah Hardy


October 2019 my family and I had come away to my in-laws’ caravan. The plan was to take our 4 year old out for the day. Monday we arrived, by the Wednesday I had began feeling poorly. I didn’t want to let my son down so put on a brave face and off we went for our day out. The train journey I felt shivery and sick. I remember looking for handles on the walls to hold on to when we walked around. When we got back I went straight to bed, feeling feverish thinking I had the flu coming. ... Read Full Story

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Michaela Porter

Survivor, Survivor

Thankfully I am able to share my story and hopefully bring some light to this and awareness. I was induced at 39 weeks and didn’t advance very far so they decided to preform a c section to get my baby out safely. (Sepsis and Pregnancy & Childbirth) I was doing great up until 24 hours after my surgery I had gotten up to go pee and came back and was shivering cold. I then felt my head and was super hot. I called my nurse to let her know that I thought I had a fever. She came in to ... Read Full Story

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Leigh Thompson

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

I had full back fusion surgery January 11 and 13th. Feeling good after a month walking on the treadmill. Well then I was rushed to the hospital in ambulance 1st thing the morning of March 12th. I couldn’t walk or stand and felt horrible. (Sepsis and Surgery) My left side was inflamed at my joints, swollen left foot, I can’t stand. Left hand is swollen. Doctors ran so many tests and diagnosed me with sepsis. I spent 13 days in the hospital with so many tests on my heart, legs for blood clots and blood work. I ruptured the tendon ... Read Full Story

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Yvonne D.

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

In Aug 2022 I collapsed at home. No warning, no air, everything went black. 5 days in ICU, 5 more on a ward. Diagnosed with severe pneumonia. (Sepsis and Pneumonia) I felt I was released too soon. Something was still wrong. No one listened. 2 weeks later I was back in the ICU shivering cold, low body temp, blood pressure very low and ambulance drivers hadn’t been able to get a pulse. Rapid breathing but breathless. In ICU 2 days and was then put to sleep, intubated and sent to a larger hospital on full life support. A bronchoscopy was ... Read Full Story

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Helen Decker

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

August of 2021 I was diagnosed with diverticulitis. I followed doctor orders by taking antibiotics and a liquid diet. Pain worsened for a couple of months with scans only showing inflammation. I went to the hospital where I was put under observation for a three day period, receiving antibiotics through IV. Despite no improvement in symptoms, they discharged me since my white blood count went back into the normal range. 6 days later, I woke to rapid heart rate into the 160s and 180s, vomiting, shivering, a fever of 103.2, difficulty breathing and pain that made it difficult to walk. ... 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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