I started my second year of uni in October 2013 and I contracted meningitis strain Y and encephalitis.
I was in an induced coma for 3 weeks and when I woke up I couldn't move anything.
I was on a ventilator for 3.5 months and in that time I had to learn to do everything again, from breathing, to swallowing, to moving my limbs.
With support from Meningitis Now and extensive physiotherapy, I'm now at a stage where I can walk with my frame, and although I'm continuing to get stronger and more independent, I'm mostly dependant on my wheelchair.
Every year I support Meningitis Now’s student campaign because I am very passionate about students getting the ACWY vaccine - I wish more than anything it was available when I went to uni!
But it is available now!
The vaccine is the difference between finishing your degree and living a normal life, to being unable to and having to rebuild your life as a result.
It's a no brainier! Get the vaccine!
Here's a video of Jemma appearing on Channel News on Monday 21st August 2017: