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 2025, it will be observed from February 9th to February 15th.

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

Dennis S.

Survivor

After having a colonoscopy due to minor but long term bleeding, they found I had numerous tumors in my descending and transverse sections of my colon. Because they were in 2 of the 3, they said the whole colon had to be removed, the tumors would appear in the ascending portion within a year. Surgery was done, removed the colon, built a Hartman’s pouch and re- attached my intestine. Just 24hrs after surgery, something was wrong. (Sepsis and Surgery) They had placed me in a ICU unit in an induced coma. It took a couple days but found out 1 ... Read Full Story

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Vala Hallgrimson

Survivor, Survivor

Septic Shock put me in the hospital for a year. (Sepsis and Septic Shock) Hello – Vala H. here. When it comes to sepsis, remember it’s about TIME! Temperature – Infection – Mental Decline – Extremely ill. I wish I had known that when Sepsis overtook me. “Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency.” January 21, 2018, I was feeling great during the day. I came home from a meeting at 8 p.m. and was cold and couldn’t get warm, so I went to bed. I slept for 24 hours without getting ... Read Full Story

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Caroline Pringle

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

Healthy 33 years old, non smoker, non drug, non alcohol user ever, into swimming and the arts and history. Was walking across the street in the middle of a sunny day in a crosswalk when a teenager on his cellphone hit me and 2 other pedestrians going 35 mikes an hour. He said he was only distracted for a minute but it flew me 60 feet in the air and I landed on pavement with a broken back and broken left thigh collapsed left lung diaphragm half paralyzed and conclusion . Before that, I had a very strong feeling and ... Read Full Story

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Michael Callaghan

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

Hi, my name is Michael this is my story regarding sepsis, I went into hospital on the 3rd of August 2023 for major abdominal surgery after my 1st operation I got discharged, then I was rushed back into hospital were they traced sepsis. (Sepsis and Surgery) This ended up with me bed ridden for 7 months and another 3 operations this was a scary experience as I still ask myself how I got through this. Every night I went to sleep I said to a nurse, I hope I don’t wake up tomorrow as I can’t live like this anymore. ... Read Full Story

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Mateo Rodriguez-Limon

Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor, Survivor

My son Mateo went septic a month before his 2nd birthday. He complained of a pain in his knee and after a 6 hour visit to our local hospital with no outcome we took him to to the children’s hospital. They discovered osteomyelitis in his tibia and within hours he was in full septic shock.He had contracted strep A with no clue how he was not sick and he didn’t have any open wounds. (Sepsis and Group A Streptococcus, Sepsis and Septic Shock) He spent the next 5 weeks in the PICU where they did multiple different treatments to save ... 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:

  • The materials must be used in their original unaltered state, that includes not adding alternate logos, websites, or additional graphics, etc.
  • The Sepsis Alliance logo and any other logo on the material must be clearly visible
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