Never in a million years did I think it would happen to my son
After rushing to the GP and on to our local hospital, he was finally diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia. The consultants and nurses told me to prepare for the worst, but after four weeks in hospital I got to bring my baby home.
I felt like the luckiest mother in the world, and still do, which is why I have got involved with Meningitis Now. Until he became ill, meningitis was something that I heard about in magazines and on the television, never in a million years did I think it would happen to my son.
I didn’t discover Meningitis Now until a few months after Gabriel had left hospital, but when I found it, it provided me with lots of clear information about meningitis itself as well as its after-effects. It answered a lot of questions that I had about what had happened to my son, along with making me realise how common this disease is, and how much we need to do to fight it.
Before I was a Young Ambassador, I was involved in a few charity evenings, organised a Toddle Waddle at my playgroup and took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon for Meningitis Now. Since becoming a Young Ambassador I have held a Time 4 Tea coffee morning, raising £200, and I have helped out with a street collection in Swansea city centre.
When my classmates at college found out about me being a Young Ambassador, they were keen to find out more about meningitis, so I did a casual talk during one of our breaks, whilst handing out symptoms cards.
I am currently organising another Toddle Waddle. Gabriel wants to do a sponsored hike up Pen-Y-Fan; South Wales’ highest peak at 886m! I would like to do another street collection in Cardiff nearer Christmas involving my family and friends. I have also just learned that I have gained a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015. This is by far the biggest fundraiser for me yet, and I hope to carry out many fundraising activities leading up to it!