Sepsis Awareness Month Video | My Mom’s Story (Giveaway)
Today’s post is going to seem a bit different from what you’re usually accustomed to seeing on this website. I can’t, in good conscience, only talk about beauty and fashion when there are things going on in life that are so much more important. I want for my website to carry meaning, and that consists of so much more than just beauty and fashion.
In smaller circles, the month of September is observed as Sepsis Awareness Month. If you follow me on my Snapchat, you guys know that my mom has been diagnosed with stage II triple negative breast cancer. This is a very rare and aggressive sub type of breast cancer. Still, nothing in this journey has impacted my mom’s or my family’s life more than sepsis… not even cancer.
What is sepsis? Sepsis is basically an infection in the bloodstream. If it’s not treated in a timely manner, your organs eventually start to shut down and you die. It seems quite simple, but it’s not. Sepsis is harder to diagnose because the symptoms of sepsis are so common it can be just about anything. Many people believe you get these infections because of bad hygiene, at least that’s what I thought. While this can be a factor, it is not the only one.
My mom’s port got infected from bacteria that is always lurking on the body. It’s impossible to be completely free of bacteria every minute of every day. People can live with bacteria on their bodies, but when my mom’s chemo weakened her immune system, her body was unable to fight off infection and the end result was sepsis. There was nothing my mom could’ve done in this situation to avoid it. Sepsis is more common than a heart attack and takes more lives than any cancer out there. It can affect anyone of any age, gender, medical condition, etc. It doesn’t discriminate. People that die from sepsis, are usually in the hospital for a completely different reason to start with. My mom went to the hospital over an infected port, while someone else died from a treatable gunshot wound that later ended up fatally infecting his bloodstream. Muhammad Ali recently struggled with Parkinson’s disease for a good chunk of his life, but instead he lost his life to septic shock. It can happen to anyone, under any circumstance, in a matter of hours. Many don’t know this.
Approximately 55% of US adults have ever even heard of the word “sepsis.” Not to mention that a good chunk of that 55% include medical health professionals who are legally required to know about it. Yes, my mom is fighting for her life because of breast cancer, but I could’ve lost my mom to sepsis in a matter of hours. There are so many awareness programs for breast cancer, but little to none for sepsis. Yet, breast cancer takes the lives of approximately 45,450 people a year, while sepsis takes 258,000 lives annually.
Below are a couple of facts I pulled from www.sepsisalliance.org. You guys are more than welcome to check out this website for more information. I have also created a fundraising page on behalf of my mom, which I explain in more detail in the video below. Your donation is secure, tax-deductible, and you receive a receipt via email. Please share this information with your loved ones and keep sepsis in the back of your mind for at least the rest of this month. Feel free to check out the video below to watch my mom’s story unfold.
• Sepsis affects over 26 million people worldwide each year and is the largest killer of children and newborn infants in the world.
• Sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals and the disease with the highest rate of readmission to a hospital within 30 days.
• The vast majority of sepsis cases (as many as 92%) originate in the community, prior to hospitalization.
• Mortality from sepsis increases 8% every hour that treatment is delayed. As many as 80% of sepsis deaths could be prevented with rapid diagnosis and treatment.
• More than 1.6 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with sepsis each year – one every 20 seconds and the incidence of cases is rising 8% every year.
• 258,000 people die from sepsis every year in the U.S. – one every 2 minutes; more than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
• More than 42,000 children develop severe sepsis each year and 4,400 of these children die, more than from cancer.
• Sepsis causes at least 75,000 maternal deaths every year worldwide and is driving increases in pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S.
• Sepsis survivors have an increased risk of death and are more likely to suffer from an impaired quality of life.
• Sepsis is the #1 cost of hospitalization in the U.S. consuming more than $20 Billion each year.
• The average cost per hospital stay for sepsis is $18,400, double the average cost per stay across all other conditions.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
•Definition: Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
•Who it Hurts: While sepsis is more likely to affect very young children, older adults, and those with a weakened immune system, sepsis is an equal opportunity killer impacting the sick, the well, and people of all ages.
•Prevention: The risk of sepsis can be reduced by preventing infections; practicing good hygiene and staying current with vaccinations.
•Treatment: Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires urgent attention and rapid treatment for survival. Sepsis can be treated in all cases, and in many instances lives are saved by utilizing existing and proven protocols
•Recovery: Many individuals recover fully from sepsis while many others have long-lasting effects, such as missing limbs or organ dysfunction, like kidney failure. Other after-effects of sepsis are less obvious, such as memory loss, anxiety or depression.
Symptoms of sepsis include:
S – Shivering, fever, or very cold
E – Extreme pain or general discomfort (“worst ever”)
P – Pale of discolored skin
S – Sleepy, difficult to rouse, confused
I – “I feel like I might die”
S – Short of breath
If you suspect sepsis (observe a combination of these symptoms) see your medical professional immediately, CALL 911, or go to a hospital with an advocate and say, “I AM CONCERNED ABOUT SEPSIS.”
FULL FACT SHEET HERE: http://www.sepsis.org/downloads/2016_sepsis_facts_media.pdf
I decided to do a giveaway at the last minute for this post. I want to spread awareness on this topic because I think it’s important, and what better way to get the word out than with a giveaway?
There will be one winner.
Prize: $100 gift card to H&M
8 Ways to Enter:
- Subscribe to Cheryl Deni via the giveaway link below.
- Confirm your donation to my fundraising page by inputting the confirmation number on your emailed receipt via the giveaway link below.
- Select a photo/video relating to sepsis from your Instagram feed via the giveaway link below (It must include the hashtag #KnowSepsis).
- Select a photo/video relating to sepsis from your Facebook account via the giveaway link below (It must include the hashtag #KnowSepsis).
- Confirm that you have read this blog post via the giveaway link below.
- Confirm you have watched my sepsis video on Youtube via the giveaway link below.
- Retweet my sepsis tweet via the giveaway link below.
- Refer your friends via the giveaway link below.
Giveaway Link: http://bit.ly/2bWkuYI
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