Real Lives: Please Listen & ACT for Meningitis
This week I speak to the amazing Siobhan Carroll about her beautiful daughter Aoibhe who sadly died age 4 from bacterial meningitis. As Aoibhe’s legacy, and in an endeavour to prevent other families suffering the same loss and grief, Siobhan and Noel started Ireland’s only Meningitis charity. ACT for Meningitis is an amazing charity and a wonderful legacy for rainbow loving Aoibhe.
I felt privileged to chat with Siobhan and hear Aoibhe’s story. We also spoke about what meningitis is and the difference between viral and bacterial. We also discuss the symptoms and how they affect everyone differently and so the importance of acting quickly if in any doubt.
ACT for meningitis aims to raise awareness, to promote education and to provide support to those affected by meningitis in Ireland. ACT have provided free support services to children, adults, families and communities in 21 counties through their unique Meningitis Community Care Programme. Wherever you are in the country, if you have been affected by meningitis either through bereavement or living with the severe after affects of the disease, they will provide free support services and therapies tailored to your needs, within your own community and without a waiting list. They also run various National Annual Awareness Campaigns in crèches, schools, colleges, clubs and workplaces, and provide free Meningitis Training Programmes to pharmacies and medical professionals.
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