World Meningitis Day 2010

Today is World Meningitis Day! "Meningitis is the name given to the inflammation of the membranes, called the meninges, which surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by many different organisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi. Some of the bacteria can also cause septicemia (blood poisoning) as well as meningitis. Vaccines are the only way to prevent meningitis and there are a number available against the different types and strains of bacteria. However, until there are vaccines against all causative bacteria it is vital to know the signs and symptoms and the actions to take." You can learn more about meningitis at the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations or the CDC.
I have a very dear friend who is a survivor of meningitis (who I've written about previously) and while she is doing great now, it's been a long hard road for her. She will continue to face different struggles for the rest of her life. BUT I am amazed by the challenges she has faced so far and her enduring spirit. I just want to take a moment to say Miss K, YOU ARE AWESOME! :)

Me and my friend when she was in the hospital

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  1. aw bb thanks!!!!1111 im so glad to have an amazing friend and lucky to have you during my hard times <3

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  2. Meningitis is caused by a virus, so to infect in needs to enter through the mouth or nose. It's spread just like the flu is. It is contagious, but there is a vaccine. If one of the people that were kissing had it, then most likely he or she gave it to whoever he kissed.

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  4. My doctor told me that I didn't need the vaccine, my Lupus doctor. Plus I wasn't kissing anyone around that time.

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