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.”

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