Here you will find stories told by survivors of Meningococcal Disease, or their families, or stories told by families who have lost a loved one to the Disease.
Each one is different. Each one is moving. Each one tells how important early diagnosis and treatment is for this disease.
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- On Sunday the 10th November 2013 I watched my partner play baseball at 9.30am then went swimming for 45 minutes at a public pool. I had a headache off and on during the past week. Thought it was only stress related and my neck felt a little strange on the Sunday. I enjoyed my swim and I cleaned my house Continue Readingread full story
- On Australia Day 1998, I returned to my teaching job in a small country town in the South West of WA. I was 21, fit, healthy and at an age where you almost feel invincible. I was filled with enthusiasm about setting up my pre-primary and preparing for the year to come. That week I noticed nothing out of the Continue Readingread full story
- THE HURRICANE – OUR FIGHT AGAINST MENINGOCOCCAL B MENINGITIS From the moment he entered this world the Hurricane bought with him an energy quite unlike one I’d seen before. He was filthy angry with the entire birthing process, almost growling rather than crying, and when they placed this cranky, grumpy baby in my arms my entire world evolved me. In that embracing Continue Readingread full story
- ALEX- Even now, nine months later, not a day goes by without me re-living the horror of his illness nor admonishing myself for having not done something sooner to help, or realising how serious the situation was. Alex was a very special baby from day one, having already suffered one miscarriage and then a threatened one whilst carrying him, our Continue Readingread full story
- On Sunday 8th January, after a long weekend celebrating Mums Birthday, a few friends and I went to the local Byford Pub for dinner. I ordered my favourite chicken parma and salad. I was dissatisfied with the meal, it tasted bland and powdery. Assuming it was undercooked or off I decided not to eat it and we all went home. Continue Readingread full story
- A man in white asked me, “Where are you?” I didn’t know!“What day is it?” I didn’t know!“You have Meningococcal Septicaemia - how did you get it?” I DIDN’T KNOW! I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t understand what was happening.We were preparing for a getaway down south for the 2005 New Year festivities. Dennis, my fiance, told me Continue Readingread full story
- On Sept 22nd 2005 I went home from my night shift feeling as though I was gettinga bad dose of the flu. Two of my shift friends had driven me home and althoughI don’t remember much about the drive I do remember waving goodbye at the front door. That was the last thing I remembered until waking up in Intensive Continue Readingread full story
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- TAY'S STORY - A SECOND CHANCE: SURVIVING MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE Three and a half year old Tay is all smiles despite the major surgery he has just endured on his right leg. “The surgery was painful and scary for Tay, but he really enjoys the novelty of staying at the hospital,” says his mum, Kate. “He has been so brave.” Tay Continue Readingread full story
- On June 12, 2000 I was working overseas at the Royal London hospital when I began to feel acutely dizzy. Just after midday, I reported to the sister in charge that I could not stand up any longer and needed to go home. Aaron was relaxing after his day time sleep when I returned home, and I went straight to Continue Readingread full story
- New Year's celebrations carried extra poignancy for the Wernli family this year (2012) after they came close to losing 18-year-old Jessica to meningococcal disease. Neither Jessica nor her mother Andrea recognised the symptoms of the potentially deadly disease when she first became ill in mid-December, and they almost delayed too long in seeking medical help. The Lesmurdie teen had been Continue Readingread full story
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