Personal Stories

Meningitis, Meningococcal and Pneumococcal touch many families across Australia every year. Every story will bring tears to your eyes – This is the reason Meningitis Centre Australia is here. Read their life-changing story below! These combined experiences are powerful testimony to support disease awareness and prevention at a national level.

Meningitis touches many families across Australia every year.

Below are personal stories from Australians who have faced meningitis.

Telling your story could help others

Your contribution may assist another person or family who may read about your experience and where you are today.

A Young Doctor’s suspicion

Heather tells her story about her daughter Kylie who was only 4 months old at the time who contracted viral meningitis. Kylie is now 33 years old and is pictured here with her eldest daughter Caitlan.

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Mum’s gut instinct

Kylie Fullard tells her story about the birth of her beautiful daughter Zaidee and how Kylie’s gut instinct pushed her to seek a second opinion.

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The night my life changed

Kirsten Pedersen is a single working mum who contracted bacterial meningitis late in 2015. Juggling a career and family already makes for a very busy life, but to have to get through a debilitating disease like bacterial meningitis only adds to the worry.

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Heart wrenching start to life

Annabelle Fisk contracted the very rare Enterovirus Meningitis when she was a baby. Her mother Belinda explains how her baby daughter was rushed from Rockhampton to a Brisbane hospital for emergency treatment.

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My little mate.

Julie Duncan, mother of Geelong AFL star Mitch Duncan tells her story about the day she rushed her son to hospital after his high temperature wouldn’t go away.The Chaplain was brought in to read Mitch his last rites.

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Each year hundreds of families come into contact with Meningitis. Some with devastating outcomes, including death, and life-changing, lasting disabilities. Others escape but are left with memories of a most frightening experience.

Your story and permission for the Centre to contact you will be of great assistance in helping us raise awareness within the community.

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