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Elisha Fillmore

Born November 7, 1988

I turned 17 on November the 7th. I had Meningitis when I was 10 years old. I couldn't eat anything without throwing it back up, I had a fever, I hated the light, I had absolutely no energy, I couldn't even feed myself. I was just so miserable. I believe my parents thought it was just a GI bug, so they thought I would get over it pretty soon. It was my dad's weekend, since my parents are split up, and my grandmother saw me and somehow she could tell that I was really sick. So she told my parents that they needed to get me to a hospital. So my mother took me to the hospital she worked at, they gave me an I.V. since I was so dehydrated and sent me on my way. So then my mom took me to children's hospital, they took a good look at me and ended up giving me a spinal tap. I still remember the pain, even though they put stuff on my back to numb it, it still hurt. It was like a dull sharp pain. The test came back positive for meningitis. My mom filed a complaint on her work, because they sent me home. I was then put in the hospital for a few days, I don't remember much because I slept most of the time I was in there. After being in there a while, they told me if I could feed myself then I could go home. I was still extremely weak. I picked up the utensil, scooped up some  food, and with my left hand, I held my right wrist and I made myself eat so I could go home. A little while later they wheeled me out to the car and I went home. Within days of me being home, my hair started to fall out by the hand full. I had horrible headaches months and months after being out of the hospital, I would lay on my bed or on the couch crying for hours. All my mom could really do was to sit next to me and talk to me.
That is my story. Nobody should have to go through Meningitis. I want to educate as many people as possible and maybe help save another person's life.