I went through some of my darkest times but Meningitis Now pulled me through


Young Ambassador

On 10 January 2013, I was told my boyfriend had meningococcal septicaemia. With a 10% chance to live, I knew our world would change

Jacob Gray and I had been together for one year prior meningitis. When I first met Jacob, he gave me that cliché butterfly feeling and since that night, I knew he was something special. We had reached a point in our relationship were we could speak passionately about the future, discussing our dream wedding, house, children, but then it all faded as the doctor told me there is a possibility he could die. 

I could feel my heart literally break as Jacob told me to leave him and live my life. I couldn’t see my life without him. I knew it would be a difficult and heart breaking journey, but meningitis gave us a strength that made our relationship and us indestructible.

After spending 699 days in hospital and becoming a double amputee, we both had relied on the support from Meningitis Now. I went through some of my darkest times but Meningitis Now pulled me through as I became so passionate and involved. Having the chance to work with the design team on the student awareness campaign was an honour and sparked this dream inside to continue to help and share my passion.

Almost 3 years after meningitis, the opportunities both Jacob and I have had from this experience are somethings we will never take for granted. I do always wish that perhaps this didn’t happen, but then it would have needed to happen to somebody else. Jacob and I can cope with the pain, because we have each other and together, we aim to make people aware, share our voices and be heard.

This whole journey has been the most difficult chapter of my life and it will remain on-going as we reach our next obstacle. I can never repay Meningitis Now for being there for Jacob when I felt so weak, but I willing to do all I can to be there to support their future and support anyone in need.

  • Fiona Yelland

    Fiona Y

    Young Ambassador

    Hi, I’m Fiona. I had meningitis when I was 15, on 4 October 2011; it was just a normal school day. However, that was about to change.

  • Kiera W


    Young Ambassador

    Hello, my name is Kiera. Many years before I was born, my parents had their first child, Dominic. Dominic contracted meningitis B at a very young age, shortly after he won his battle with cancer.

  • Olivia Geary


    Young Ambassador

    Hi, I’m Livvy. My meningitis story begins with my nephew Jack, now aged 8. When Jack was two years old, he became extremely pale and weak after he had been unwell at a children’s party a few hours previous.

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    Matt W

    Young Ambassador

    Hi, I’m Matt. In August 2012 I became a Young Ambassador for Meningitis Now. The Young Ambassador’s role is to promote Meningitis Now to young people, and this is a huge challenge.