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[p]Most of you have watched me run my cotton socks of for the last six years for Meningitis Now. [/p][p]This time I’ve gone for the biggie....London Marathon!! [/p][p]I know you all think I’m bonkers and you maybe right! But when I see all the good the money raised does it’s all worth it. The family days, the counselling sessions, weekends away, equipment, funeral expenses to name but a few. Personally it’s the being given the chance to meet families who understand what I’ve been through, who ‘Get it’ the lifelong friends Grace has made who she ‘fits with’ just because they understand. These people and the memories made are only possible by people like us taking on Marathon tasks, and people like you laughing and sitting in the warm supporting us. If you can donate, thank you. If you can’t, please read my story and check the sign and symptoms and be aware. [/p][p]My eldest daughter Jenny is now 23 years old and a mum herself. Although when she was 18 months she admitted to hospital with Viral Meningitis. I was so scared, fortunately we caught it early. It was a very distressing time. I had no idea what would happen or what to expect, after a short stay in hospital she came home unscathed. However now she has a baby she is extremely nervous when her little one catches a cold, after all that’s how my youngest daughter, her little sister almost died. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Grace was taken into hospital on 29th December 2006, after too many phone calls and visits to the doctors. Even in hospital they wanted to send her home with an diagnoses of ‘unknown virus’ I refused to leave until they told me what was wrong with her. The Doctors changed shift and the Dr who would save her life walked on to the ward, one look and he knew what was wrong with her. We were rushed into a side room, bloods were taken, sent and back with in hours. [/p][p][br][/p][p]“I’m afraid Grace has Meningitis, and it’s not good she has pneumococcal septicaemia”[/p][p][br][/p][p]My world fell apart, [/p][p][br][/p][p]“Is she going to die?”[/p][p][br][/p][p]The answer.... [/p][p][br][/p][p]“I honestly don’t know, if she makes it through the night she might have a chance,but it’s going to be a long road and there are no guarantees how she will be.”[/p][p][br][/p][p]As you can imagine, I was devastated. Nothing prepares you for the possibility of losing a child. She made it through the night, and the next one and the next, it was ten days before she woke up and another five before we could go home, with twice daily visits to have antibiotics given. The little girl who went in on the 29th of December was totally different to the little girl who came out, my chatterbox who was always running and laughing was gone. She couldn’t even sit up unsupported, she was back in nappies, couldn’t hold a bottle. It was heart breaking to watch. But I knew she was a fighter, she had already proven that! [/p][p][br][/p][p]Over the next two to three months I noticed Grace wasn’t responding to conversation and sound, hearing tests showed she had lost her hearing. I was devastated, she had fought off meningitis and won, how could this happen?? Hearing loss is a common side effect of this illness, but not one that is well know. Grace had a cochlear implant just after her 2nd birthday. She is now a very strong 14 year old young lady who is achieving at school and has a strong circle of friends. To say I am extreme proud of her is an understatement. [/p][p][br][/p][p]I would like to thank everyone who raised awareness of Meningitis before me and I am now doing my part to help make people aware, please sponsor me and help eradicate this illness. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Many thanks [/p][p][br][/p][p]Kirstine xx [/p][p] [/p]
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