November 30, 2012
I nearly passed of Sepsis in May 2009. I am a single mother of 2. I am blessed to be alive. However, there have been complications. I felt like my concerns were not being heard. In June 2012, I was perusing videos on Sepsis within YouTube. I was blessed and stumbled upon Dr. James O'Brien's video. I was compelled by how informative his video was. I then took a chance and reached out. Dr. O'Brien personally returned my call. He validated a lot of my concerns. He suggested connecting with the Sepsis Alliance. I did by submitting my story under Faces of Sepsis. www.sepsisalliance.org/faces/angie_lembo/ I started to network with other Survivors, family members of those lost to Sepsis. Finally, I felt validated. Then, on Sept 13, 2012, Sepsis Heroes Gala in NYC. I was honored to be present and volunteer by "tweeting" on the event. Moreover, I was honored to just be present. The experience gave me goosebumps. To hear and meet such wonderful people who are devoted to Sepsis Awareness gave me hope. And, the drive and motivation to spread Sepsis Awareness. Before, I felt like a leper. I've encountered both MD's and EMT's that when you mention Sepsis, they have a befuddled look on their faces. A big Congratulations to The Sepsis Alliance for receiving the Edwards LifeSciences Grant! The Sepsis Alliance needs to be #1 for 2012! ~Angie Lembo, Sepsis Survivor
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