10 Things More Likely to Kill You Than Ebola

The humble necrotizing fasciitis comes in fourth, but is determined to move to the top! Interesting article.

4. Flesh-eating bacteria. Necrotizing fasciitis, a life-threatening illness caused by the strep bacteria, can enter your body through a minor opening in the skin and destroy your soft tissue. There are about 650 to 800 cases per year, and about 25 percent of patients die.

Read more at 10 Things More Likely to Kill You Than Ebola.

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Necrotizing fasciitis Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments and Causes

This is a very informative resource for those concerned about the Flesh-eating bacteria.

Necrotizing fasciitis: A severe, progressive skin infection which causes progressive destruction of skin and underlying tissue. It is caused by certain bacteria and has a high mortality rate… Necrotizing fasciitis (occasionally described by the media as “the flesh-eating bacteria”) destroys muscles, fat…

More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Necrotizing fasciitis is available at Necrotizing fasciitis Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments and Causes – RightDiagnosis.com.

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Aimee Copeland Continues Her Recovery

You may have read about Aimee Copeland back in May of 2012, when she contracted Necrotizing Fasciitis (NF) from an injury involving a homemade zip line. She suffered overwhelming sepsis and multiple amputations. Here is a very encouraging and inspiring update:  The Evolution of Aimee Copeland | Emory Medicine Magazine | Emory University.

Actually, it’s a fairly detailed story that covers different aspects of her experience, focusing on what it’s like to live a different  sort of life, post-NF. There’s a bit of science here, too, which points to the benefits of living in these times, when victims of devastating events can return to a normal life. Of course, as NF survivors know, it’s always a different sort of “normal.”

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A Maniac Set Her On Fire — 2 Years Later, She Removes Her Mask

When I saw this woman in her Jobst garments and mask, it brought back a flood of memories. Many victims of necrotizing fasciitis are treated in burn units or go through some kind of plastic surgery and reconstruction. For skin grafts, Jobst pressure garments act as a second skin, flattening the scars, aiding the vascular system, and helping the sub derma to recover.

I wore them from the tips of the toes on my left leg, like a bicycle short on my right leg and all the way up to my chest in a “tank top” style suit. I had some serious keloid scarring at the donor sites on my rib cage. The pressure garments were incredibly uncomfortable and ITCHY! When I returned to work after eight months, I decided to abandon the garments on the trunk of my body, but wore the leg pressure suit for a full year. They were restrictive, hot, and uncomfortable — I was already struggling to regain strength and health, while working again. Even though I quit wearing my body suit early, I had good results and never had to return for releases or other reconstructive surgery. Every night at bedtime, Denise massaged the scarring on my chest and that seemed to help a lot.

I saw burn patients with the masks and felt incredible sympathy for them. We met one woman, whose husband was blown up in a gas explosion — he’d had 89 surgeries and wore a suit from head to toe. There was one small patch of unburned skin on his head and they kept going back to it over and over, in order to harvest skin for his entire body! The woman featured in this article, Dana Vulin, is a true survivor and when the mask came off, she said: “I hope they see the scars. This is part of me now.” Amen! This is our theme song: Beautiful Pain by Propaganda

Read her incredible story here: A Maniac Set Her On Fire. 2 Years Later, She Removes Her Mask And Shows Her New Face – LittleThings.com.

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NNFF Names NovaBay’s (NBY) NeutroPhase Its Official Wound Cleanser

“For years, we at the NNFF could only offer emotional support to patients with this terrible disease and to their families,” said NNFF co-founder and executive director Jacqueline Roemmele. “But now, withNeutroPhase, we can offer real hope of an approach that can save lives and prevent patients from losing arms, legs and other body parts.”

via NNFF Names NovaBay’s (NBY) NeutroPhase Its Official ‘Flesh-Eating Disease’ Wound Cleanser.

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Classical Guitarist 10 Years After Surviving NF

Another amazing survivor story!

“Henderson was stricken with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria in his right arm more than 10 years ago and was in a coma for nine days. When he awoke, he said his first request was for his guitar to see if he could still play. During his recovery, he learned how to rely more on his left-hand strumming the strings on the neck of the guitar and developed a unique and complicated style of playing.”

Read the entire article here: Pop Music Plans for Classical Guitarist – Laguna Local News.

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Family Heartache After Mother Stricken with Flesh-eating bacteria | abc7news.com

This emotional story is playing out in the intensive care unit on the first floor of the hospital. The infection is so aggressive that it can take amputation to stop its spread. And a once-vibrant mother doesnt know yet whats happening to her.

via ONLY ON ABC7NEWS.COM: Family shares story of heartache after mother comes down with flesh-eating bacteria | abc7news.com.

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The National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation

So, The National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation came up with this cool graphic. I like it – I see God as the Superpower behind my survival. But, he’s more than a power, He’s a person and we have seen His glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

Anyway, why quibble? Maybe you don’t believe in God. But, those of us who have survived NF are just grateful to be alive and thankful for the caring, skilled hands of the physicians and caregivers who worked so hard to save us. We are also blessed by the support and prayers of family and friends — those other superheroes.

About 15 years ago, I asked my son to design a graphic I could put on a tee-shirt. I guess it may be time to get to work on that project.formedad

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