When the phone call came from Colin that Janice had been taken to hospital with suspected Meningococcal I went numb. Yes I had heard of it and even seen it – for a second on TV or a picture of it in a Medical book. Yes I had heard that people could lose limbs and die from this disease – but these are just pictures and stories, and of course it doesn’t happen to people we know and love – does it? Of course it does and did.
Lynne & Mum
Little did Lynne, Jan’s sister and Joyce, Jan’s Mum, along with Jan’s husband Colin and Jan’s children Jodie, Matthew, Troy and Keith, know what the next six months would bring and all the emotions they would feel as Jan fought the infection that had overtaken her body.
Jan spent six months in Liverpool Hospital, most of which time she was unaware of her surroundings and what was happening to her. Both of her legs, all of her fingers and one thumb were amputated; she suffered a stroke and had a heart attack. Jan also suffered an infection, which caused kidney failure for which she now requires daily dialysis treatment.
Slowly Jan became aware of her surroundings and her determination to survive and beat this disease was a great inspiration to her family and friends. During all of her setbacks Jan had bad days and good days, but they were “other days”. Another infection meant than Jan had one of her legs amputated even further above the knee, but she kept up her fighting spirit, determined to go home. Eventually Jan started going home for a day here and there and then a couple of days and finally she was home.
Jan still has a way to go but she is determined to walk again and start doing some of the things that most people take for granted.
Jan’s quiet determination, spirit and attitude to what happened to her are an inspiration to all that know her.
Thank you Jan for being you.