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Mark C's story

4th June 2015

In the summer of 1976, Mark Cranston was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis

Mark C's story

He tells his story here:

“I was only one when I contracted meningitis so don’t recall very much, but, according to my mother I had a fever and was just 'not right'.

We saw several GPs before my symptoms were picked up and I was sent to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

After six long weeks in hospital I eventually made a full recovery. I have been told that there was a point where I was not expected to survive after having developed septicaemia.

I’m lucky in that I didn’t suffer any physical after-effects as so many others are not. I did have a psychological assessment aged five as I would not make friends and spent a lot of time alone at primary school. I don't believe this was diagnosed as anything specific.

In my twenties I experienced panic attacks which started with no apparent warning and were specifically related to exams. I am a doctor so it was a real pain having these attacks as there are many exams to pass!

I’m not sure if there is any link between the attacks and contracting meningitis as a child, but I do know that the emotional impact of the disease can be huge.”