Tory Pereira- Sepsis Survivor
I always said if sharing my story helped one person then it would all be 100% worth it. I've received a lot of awesome feedback about how my story has helped a great number of people but this time it really hit home for me. This beautiful girl Sarah Rinker, has been dealing with Crohn's flare up for a while now. She thought she was on her road to recovery then one Friday at work, she started to feel nauseous and then the puking began. Then pain in her abdomen started. She knew something was very wrong and thankfully she works with an amazing group of people who brought her to the hospital immediately. Thank goodness because early on Saturday morning she was rushed into emergency surgery to have a portion of her bowel removed due to a perforation, and her abdominal cavity was cleaned to prevent infection. SO CRAZY! That’s kind of like my story, with my duodenum perforating!
Sarah said she read my story a couple of months ago and because of that, she went to the ER way sooner than she would have normally gone. How cool is that, to see my story helping people all around the world! It's so amazing and heartwarming to see. I am so blessed she read my story and that helped her make the decision to go to the hospital sooner.
Sarah, I am very happy my story helped you not wait another minute longer in going to the hospital. You’re very beautiful and you are in my prayers to have a speedy recovery! God Bless!
It felt like magic being in the comfort of my own home after being bedridden in Vegas hospital for 25 days. Cuddling up with my blanket, in my clothes, with the smells of incense and candles was right where I wanted to be. I was so blessed to be out of the hospital, and home safely from Vegas.
My mom started washing all of my clothes that were in my suitcase from my business trip. She wanted to wash off all of the bad vibes and I didn’t blame her.
When I went into cardiac arrest and arrived at the hospital on February 1, 2016 I was wearing leggings, black boots, a black shirt with a plaid shirt over it.
The craziest thing happened when my mom washed all of my clothes and pulled them out of the washing machine. My plaid shirt I wore during my cardiac arrest, was now torn and ripped from every stream. It was also covered in a red color which looked like blood to me. It did not enter the washing machine with anything on it but awful memories of excruciating pain, cardiac arrest and me fighting for my life. My black shirt was cut straight down the middle. These shirts witnessed it all.
All of the other clothes were totally fine. My parents have a nice washing machine so it hardly ever ruins clothes. That was very scary. But it was a clear sign to me, to leave everything in the past and move forward with your beautiful life today. I didn't know what life had in store for me. I had very little hope until my friend shared this bible verse with me while I was in recovery and now it is my guide through life:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11
Thank you everyone so much for reading about my Septic Shock Story! My purpose of sharing my story is to raise awareness of SEPSIS and it's signs and symptoms so if anyone suspects they have SEPSIS, then they know to go to the hospital immediately. There is no time to waste! Have an awesome week. God Bless!
Peace and Love,
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