Meningitis Now Young Ambassador Summer

Five years since meningitis

Summer 29th January 2018

YouTuber, Graphic Designer and Young Ambassasor Summer, from Lancashire, has been a passionate campaigner for meningitis awareness since her fiancé Jacob Gray contracted meningococcal septicaemia in 2013

Summer and Jacob

Jacob was given just a 10% chance of survival and lost both his legs to the disease, which had a huge impact on their lives, but also led to them both becoming Young Ambassadors for Meningitis Now.

“Jacob and I had been together one year before he contracted meningitis. As soon as I met him I knew he was something special.”

“I felt my heart break when Jacob told me to leave him and live my life but I couldn’t see my future without him. I knew it would be a difficult journey, but meningitis gave us a strength that made our relationship, and us, indestructible.”

“Jacob spent 699 days in hospital, becoming a double amputee. We both went through some of our darkest times but the support from Meningitis Now pulled us through.”

“Five years after meningitis, the opportunities Jacob and I have had from this experience is something we will never take for granted.”

To mark this important milestone in Jacob’s recovery, Summer has created a new video about her memories of that time on her YouTube channel.

Summer has used blogging and creating videos to help her through some of the most difficult times.

“I got into blogging when I found myself surrounded by people, but felt so lonely. I had pushed myself away from my friends, family and even my thoughts, so it was a great opportunity to share myself and document my life, like an online diary. I found many people were interested in whom I was as a person and my outlook on life and, being more of a visual person, I wanted to transform my blog posts into videos. This is when I made the decision to grow my section of the internet. It's not the easiest thing to do, putting yourself out there, but I am so grateful I decided to give it a shot. I have the chance to share my voice, my life, my experience and raise awareness all in one place."

"My tips for starting YouTube -  just start! You will always doubt yourself at the beginning or think you don't have the best equipment, nobody will watch... just remember, you don't have to be great to start, you just need to start to be great."

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