During my time in hospital, I thought myself extremely lucky to be alive. I was totally unaware of meningitis, what it was and how it spreads so quickly. As were my friends who also thought it may have just been flu or a hangover. The first few days were such a blur and I was in bed for days, as well as losing weight due to not eating.
Luckily, the only after effects I had were, at the time, severe headaches for around a week after having a lumbar puncture. Continuing problems now are memory loss, forgetfulness and generally being a bit dopier. I feel so fortunate not to have had any amputations, brain damage or any type of disability due to the disease which causes life changing effects.
I have joined as a Meningitis Research Foundation member as I am much more aware of signs and symptoms of meningitis. I want to help back campaigns, petitions and undertake volunteering at events wherever and whenever possible as MRF is close to my heart now. They were so helpful when I was recovering at home, sending useful information and giving advice to myself and my family. Now I’d like to give something back.