The Intensive Care Unit Support Teams for Ex-Patients (ICUsteps) was founded in 2005 by ex-patients, their relatives and ICU staff to support patients and their families through the long road to recovery from critical illness. Our aims are to: - support patients and relatives affected by critical illness, - promote recognition of the physical and psychological consequences of critical illness through education of the medical profession and the general public, and - encourage research into treatment and the prevention of these issues.
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Karen Diver, Carl Diver, Tara Penny, Lisa Dutton, Sue Schiavi

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Welcome to our page.  This photo is of my beautiful family and I last November just before I was admitted to ICU in Warrington Hospital.  I suffered an acute case of Strep A pneumonia which resulted in multiple organ failure.  I very nearly lost my life. I am eternally grateful to the doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly on me over the 12 days that I was ventilated and am grateful for every day I am awake now.

What many people don't realise (certainly I didn't) is that the road to recovery after an illness like this can be a very difficult one.  I have been lucky to have such wonderful support around me, but there is a large misunderstanding about what happens when a person leaves ICU, the shock and after effects this can have on the whole family.  Many people are surprised at how slow my recovery is, and away from the ICU department there is a lack of understanding about the effects of being in ICU can have on the body long after you are discharged.

The outreach team at Warrington Hospital ICU do so much to support you when you first move to a ward and I would have gone stir crazy without their knowledge, help and support on the ward and am currently waiting on registration of Warrington Hospital to this page so that we can direct funds to their work.

We have also chosen to raise important funds for ICUsteps, it is the only support group of it's kind in the UK and is entirely run by volunteers.  The online presence and the booklet gave me (and others) so much after coming around (lets face it, I slept through the rough bit!).

They provide support to both patients and relatives of those affected by critical illness.  They help to raise awareness of the how critical illness affects you in the body and the mind and help you to understand it is normal.  They help to bridge the information gap from ICU to other nursing staff and doctors that may not understand the effects of ICU on a patient.  They encourage important research into the treatment and prevention of these issues that can have such a dramatic and lasting effect on people's lives.

As you all know, I was never one for "exercise" and certainly could never attempt this before I was unwell.  So this is my very own mini marathon (even though it's technically 5K) to which I am working towards after 6 months post ventilation and multiple organ failure in ICU.  Obviously I am well on the mend.

I am blessed by friends and family who are so supportive that some will even be joining me in the Colour Run for the day, it will be amazing to share the experience with them after all, Life is for Living!  Please give generously and help us to reach and exceed our goal.

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Recent donors

01.08.15 Well done Karen - great to see you fit & well

31.07.15 Great work. Sorry I'm so late donating.


14.07.15 lots of love from Emma & Hal xx

09.07.15 Better late than never!!!

07.07.15 Sorry my donation is a bit late but a worthy cause to support. ICU can touch us all and our family would have valued crucial support all the times mum was in ICU between 1997-2001.

07.07.15 Nice work Carl - I assume you won!!


06.07.15 well done!



05.07.15 Well done you all, very proud. Love you all millions xxxx

05.07.15 Well done all of you, keep it Going!!!

05.07.15 Well done Diver family! I hope you enjoyed the colour run. Congratulations!


05.07.15 Well done Karen!

05.07.15 Good luck Team Diver GO GO GO

05.07.15 Have a great day.


04.07.15 Chase the rainbow team Diver, enjoy the fun!

04.07.15 Lots of love Garry, Rachel, Thomas, William and Jemima xxxxx

04.07.15 Best of luck x love Laura and kevin x

04.07.15 Felt very humbled reading your page Karen. Good luck to you all!

04.07.15 Good luck karen hope alls well i know how scary it is as our little man only 10 weeks old was ventilated for 5 days.

04.07.15 good luck to you all.


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Eamonn Diver
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