Meningitis in your words

Danielle Hassett's story

  • Location: Ireland
  • Categories: Bacterial meningitis
  • Age: Child 6-12
  • Outcome: Full recovery
  • After effects: None
DanielleHassett - Meningitis in your words
I was so lucky
Before I turned eight
That someone was worried
And determined my fate

What looked like a bug
No sign of a rash
Red and blue sirens
Off we went in a flash

A number of days
Went by off my toes 
Unable to move
Or scratch my nose

But when they announced
I could go on the ward
They helped me learn how to walk
And I kept moving forward 

I was so lucky 
I got to turn eight
So please learn the signs 
And act, never wait. 

Danielle Hassett
October 2023

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