Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
Hey everyone, my name is Tory Pereira and I am a 23 year old girl from Marietta, GA. In 2011, I packed my bags at 17 years old and moved to Statesboro, GA where I attended college at Georgia Southern University. Georgia Southern is an awesome school and Statesboro is a fun town with lots of school spirit! I graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I work at the best smoke shop in town, A Smokin’ Place, where I have been working for over two years. We have such a strong team that we rock and roll all year long!
Though I enjoy working, my hobbies are yoga and different arts. I began practicing yoga daily during my freshman year in college and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Yoga helped bring zen into my life, and helped create space throughout my body and mind. The practice helped connect my spiritual, mental and physical energies. Yoga allowed me to appreciate and honor my body and become aware of my mind and all the noises it creates.
Unfortunately a lifetime of yoga practices and healthy living couldn’t have prepared me for my septic experience that brought me to writing this blog today.
Septic Shock as defined by the Center for Disease Control Prevention is, “the bodies overwhelming response to infection.” In my case, I suffered an internal perforation to my duodenum (that’s where the chemical digestion of your food takes place). Since surviving experimental surgery, 10 day coma, 25 days in a Las Vegas hospital, a stifling 1 million dollars in medical bills. I feel more than fortunate and responsible to share my story with you all.
Through my future blog post I will be telling my full detailed story about what lead up to my septic shock, in addition to the things I have done throughout my rehabilitation.
Now, nearly a year after my septic experience I still suffer daily from memory loss, diminished appetite, and the lingering emotional damage just to scratch the surface. I hope that by shedding more light on my experience I can help other victims of sepsis or cancer or aids or whatever your affliction may be.
I have had to reconsider a lot of things in my life but what I am sure of is that I survived this experience to do something greater that God has had in store for me from the beginning.
I am currently in the very beginning process of starting an organization to raise awareness of sepsis. I love helping sepsis survivors gain strength through their recovery.
My goal is for future septic victims to be aware of the noises their bodies are making so they may then be medically treated sooner and increase their chances of survival! With that being said any donations made (here) I will be using to pay the remaining $200k worth of medical bills that I am now responsible for. Thank you so much for reading, please share along to your friends and look for my next post!
Septic Shock Survivor
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