Meningitis in your words

Samantha Crane's story

  • Location: England
  • Categories: Bacterial meningitis
  • Age: Baby 0-1
  • Relationship: Self
  • Outcome: Recovery with after effects
Samantha Crane

I got meningitis as a new born.

At one point I had stopped breathing, I was in the hospital for a good week. There were 5 other babies in the hospital with same kind, they all died but me. My mom prayed for me every day and I got better.
As time went on I remember always being a very slow learner. School was very hard for me but I got through high school. I'm not a good speller, reader, writer or with math but I have amazing talents in art and poetry. I also noticed I was very depressed little girl and always getting sick a lot with colds, flues, ear infections, etc. I remember even going to the doctors once where they gave me some kinda of shot when I had the flu for a month when I was about 7years old.

Another time I ended up in the hospital for good 4 days, the doctors till this day never could figure out what was wrong with me but somehow I started to get better.

As time went on my depression got worse, I even had an eating disorder at one point when I was in 7th grade. Nowadays I take medication for my depression which I have to stay on rest of my life. They tried so many tests to see what was causing it but found nothing. I have a chemical imbalance issue. I also have a very poor immune system, I get sick a lot.

"I didn’t think any of this would relate to having this sickness when I was little till I started reading all of your stories."

A new thing that has started happening just in this past year is I get horrible migraines, to point where they will last 2 to 3 days. Nothing I take helps them at all. I even went to doctors and got medication for it and they don’t work for me anymore. I'm finding my body becomes immune to medications.... Another thing that has been happening is I have a lot of mucus build up a lot and my sinuses bother me from time to time. I've tried things for it as well like allergy medication and nothing works. I am 28years old now and I just feel my body is slowly breaking down. I actually just emailed my doctor about the headaches in hopes maybe she can help fix them for once.

I didn’t think any of this would relate to having this sickness when I was little till I started reading all of your stories.

Samantha Crane
February 2014