Siân Liddle from Bingham, is sharing her story to help raise awareness of World Meningitis Day (April 24), which focuses on ‘Life After Meningitis’ and to support her charity Meningitis Now.
Siân fell ill with meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in 1995 when she was only two years old. Initially a viral infection was diagnosed and it was assumed to be just another tummy bug, but when four tiny reddish/purple bruises were spotted, Siân was rushed to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre. Her physical health recovered, but the disease badly affected her mental health, and anxiety and nocturnal panic attacks became a part of her life. “Now, over 20 years later, I’m a young woman in a career I love, finishing off a PhD and feeling extremely blessed.”
Meningitis Now is using World Meningitis Day to promote its range of support services, including its recently-launched Rebuilding Futures Fund, which provides financial, practical and emotional support for people of all ages affected by meningitis.
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