Meningitis scare

Chris was gaming and all of a sudden let out a grunt of pain holding the side of his head. This can be a usual occurence around here, but this time was different. “I’ve never had pain like this before”. He was holding the side of his head in front of his ear and grimacing….

Coming off migraine medication

Chris decided that after 7 months of being on a medium dose of migraine medication that he would like to wean off it to see how his daily life would look without it. When he started the pills they made him fall asleep easier, but he would wake feeling drowsy and hungover. They would fight…

Winter brings up memories

Being the second winter we are coming into since Chris had meningitis brings up memories from when he was ill. The dark evenings, and cold, sunny, autumn days always take me back to the day before he got sick. We traveled to the deer park and had an amazing day, that memory is now tainted…

Some days are tough

Some days, like today, are challenging, and difficult. I don’t like to call it a “bad day” because there are always some good points, but some days it’s like the planets of shit storms align and you are just praying for time to rest, so “bad day” seems appropriate. As some of you know, we…

March Update

It’s strange talking to Chris about things that I remember so vividly, and he has no recollection about, even the little things. Memories we have together that are now forgotten, a message I told him this morning, completely erased. Personal jokes he doesn’t understand anymore, but it’s amazing when a memory comes back. I try…

Surviving Meningitis

I have a few short briefs of real life stories from those who have fought meningitis and survived. World meningitis awareness day is coming up on the 24th of April so I’m hoping to be doing something for that! But for now, here are some stories from survivors. Jenn Harper shares with me: Nov 2017…

I’m lucky to be alive

I have another guest story to share, I feel honored that I am able to share these stories from such brave, strong, survivors who are helping to raise awareness about all types of meningitis. This story comes from Tegan Louise Harper who is absolutely amazing and brave and I am honored to tell what she…

Top tips to avoiding illness

No one wants to be sick, ever! Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but it always best to try to avoid getting sick in the first place! So here are some tips to avoiding illness. Wash your hands Did she seriously just write that?? . . . Yep! She did! Never underestimate the value of keeping your hands…

I lost two days of my life

I have another guest story to share with you today, Malina Blake has let me share her brave story about her fight with meningitis. It all began on a Tuesday afternoon. I went off to bed feeling like I was cloming down with the flu. I woke in the early hours of Wednesday morning and…

Crypto-what???

Tommy Meeks has shared with me his fight with Cryptococcus. He contracted this meningitis recently in August 2018. Cryptococcus is a type of meningitis caused by fungus, it is very rare and usually only effects those with a compromised immune system. If left untreated this disease is fatal. Cryptococcal meningitis can be caused by a…