Sepsis is a toxic response to an infection that kills more people than breast cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer combined. It can occur at any time, from the most basic infection, and be contracted by anyone regardless of their age, race, or gender. People with weak immune systems, such as the young or elderly, are more at risk, but realistically, anyone can contract sepsis infection.
This book expounds on Bernadine’s septic shock nightmare that traumatized the entire family. Her nightmare lasted for almost three months, where she suffered thorough total organ failure, respiratory failure, and congestive heart failure. Once admitted, her doctors predicted that she only had days to live, so the realization of her dying from septic shock was very real. Though she could pass at any moment, the entire family never gave up hope that she would survive. On the brink of death, the Lord saved her, and she started a miraculous recovery. There wasn’t a medical explanation for her physiological transformation, which had further shown she was touched by God. Since surviving the septic shock, Bernie has dedicated her life to educating the public on sepsis. She constantly passes out sepsis pamphlets—mini versions of chapter 2—and has hosted medical awareness segments on our local news channel.
Sepsis has changed Bernadine’s life but not her spirit.