Diana was 23 when she was struck down with Meningococcal C strain on the 3rd of October 2000. Her symptoms began with having a sore neck, high temperature, constant vomiting & sensitivity to light. The “purple rash” was the LAST symptom to appear.
Diana was then given 2-3 hours to live, her body and kidneys shut down and she was placed on life support.
After 3 weeks in ICU on life support Diana had to learn to walk again, developed a clot in her leg and had to have her right kidney removed in 2003 after it stopped working and grew to the size of a football from the Meningococcal damage. Diana is required to wear a stocking on her leg as the clot is still an ongoing issue.
Not knowing anything about Meningococcal apart from seeing stories on the news and saying to her mum ‘oh that poor person’, Diana and her family didn’t know that you can be vaccinated against Meningococcal and that there are five strains in Australia. Diana never thought it would happen to her.
Diana is now 41 and a stay at home mum, loves swimming and is passionate about raising awareness of Meningococcal Disease so no one else needs to go through what she has.
A message that Diana wants to share to others is “please don’t share anything with others as I don’t want anyone else to go through what I have” – as a source of spreading Meningococcal Disease is through close person to person contact through saliva by sharing things such as drink bottles, sharing cigarettes, sharing straws, sharing drinks & kissing.
Diana has been using her experience to help others by holding fundraising events for us – The Violet Foundation in Dungog – Thanks Diana, you are doing a wonderful thing!
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