After surviving Septic Shock in May of 2009, I had a vision. Build a community to improve the quality of life for Sepsis Survivors. After years of silent suffering and a plethora of health issues post sepsis, I knew something had to be done. I wasn't the only one suffering. In March of 2013, I launched a support group specific to Sepsis Survivors on Facebook. Suddenly, I felt less alone. Hearing others stories, their suffering and injustices fueled my passion. Operating from a 1 BR condo with two sons in Rancho Mirage, CA; Sepsis Survivors Inc., became a reality in June 2014. #SepsisChat was born as well. It was a very productive year. And I was living in denial, ignoring my health. That all changed.
After an emergency Colon surgery in April 2015, against medical advice, we embarked on a cross country journey; #SepsisTour2015. A dear friend, award winning director, my son, our pug and I set off to meet and film fellow Sepsis Survivors. From Southern California to Birmingham, AL. It was a life changing experience. I have no regrets. But, I never allowed myself time to heal from a major surgery. I ignored doctors orders. And, I paid for it. In the past year, much has changed. I was forced to step back and take care of my health, after another emergency Robotic Colectomy in January 2016. It's been a journey. I was living in denial. I've finally accepted I am disabled. I have limitations.
I am committed to growing Sepsis Survivors Inc., at a slower pace. So I welcome you all to join us for the relaunch of #SepsisChat on September 13th; World Sepsis Day. We will be live on Twitter from 11-12pm (Pacific Standard Time). Your voice is needed to educate the world. We've lost far too many friends, family members, and celebrities to Sepsis. No one is immune from Sepsis.
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After all, life is about helping one another. We must unite and help our brothers and sisters; by empowering, caring and sharing. ~Angie Lembo