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Contact with someone who has had a similar experience to yourself can provide valuable support; Our service relies on the voluntary input of people who themselves have had meningitis or supported someone who has had the disease.
They know what the experience is like and can provide close, confidential support by telephone, email or through our HealthUnlocked Forum. This kind of contact can provide gentle reassurance when your life has been devastated by this illness, along with answers to practical questions, and can help reduce feelings of isolation that many people feel after having meningitis. Find out how to be put in contact with someone.
Ann-Marie Cooper’s daughter, Sophia, had meningitis in 2006. The Meningitis Trust put Ann-Marie and Claire Florit in touch. Ann-Marie says:
“Through your one–to-one service I emailed Claire who lived locally. We corresponded on a regular basis and decided to meet up. Since then we have developed a friendship and understanding. It was a tremendous healing process to be able to fully open up to someone who could understand what I’d been through.”
Claire’s daughter, Sophie, also had meningitis at the same time. Claire says:
“I would never have met another person who has had meningitis in their family if it wasn’t for the Trust. So many other people don’t understand what we have been through. When we met for the first time we just hugged, it was quite emotional."
Give our freephone helpline a call, available 24-hours a day:
For less urgent questions email us and we will come back to you as soon as we can (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). email the helpline
Our Community team are based across the country, they can help with home visits and other support.
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