Recurrent C. diff. Infection; Begins With An Antibiotic and Ends With a FMT

Name: Melissa cabral

Email: melissacabral918@yahoo.com

Your Story: I developed c diff colitis in July 2012 following clindamycin for a root canal. The first time I was in the hospital for 8 days. I had recurrent c diff after that until I finally had a fecal transplant. My husband was going to be my donor but he tested positive for c diff as well. My mother ended up being my donor and I’ve been c diff free ever since.

 

Recurrent C. diff. Infection Forces a Healthcare Professional Into Early Retirement

Name: Angie Martin

Your Story: I am a retired healthcare professional, I could not even begin to tell u what I have been thru the last 4 -1/2 yrs….from my FMT’s – to all going on now with my digestive system…IBS/ulcerative colitis, acid reflux and a few polyps that was benign..to having to be very careful with antibiotics. Allergic to quite a few..very slim margin for me for antibiotics..so I don’t get c diff…I dealt with it for almost 3 yrs. A neg result is good news for me…I have been having problems now for the last 6 weeks. But don’t let it get me down. On rocky rd now…I can test neg in stool but yet be positive for it. I have changed my diet..a lot of changes in the last 5 yrs. Please never feel guilty. God made each and everyone of us unique..enjoy life the best we can.

Kudos to this group and the C Diff Foundation   Cdifffoundation.org

College and A C. diff. Infection; A Note From a Student Beating the Odds

Name: Rebecca

C.diff.Survivors Name/s: Rebecca

Comment: I have beaten two rounds of c diff! While this was going on, I still managed to work on my college degree, make deans list, and help others. God put it on my heart to say this: when you put your mind to it, you can beat this!

Every day is a new opportunity and miracles happen every day!

C Diff Foundation Celebrates National Volunteer Week Worldwide

National Volunteer Week, April 23 – 29th

The C Diff Foundation celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 23 – 29 to recognize more than 150 members of the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Members worldwide, including Volunteer Patient Advocates, who have collectively donated more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service to the Foundation last year. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Sharing Time, Touching Lives.”

“Through the years the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Members have served as ambassadors of goodwill, service and compassion,” said Angelo Ortiz, C Diff Foundation’s Treasurer and Chairperson of  the Volunteer Patient Advocate Program

The C Diff Foundation, a 501(c) (3)  non-profit organization, established in 2012, and comprised of 100% volunteering professionals dedicated at supporting public health through education and advocating for C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments, environmental safety, and support worldwide

Not only do the volunteer members provide financial support for the C Diff Foundation’s programs — it is through their dedication and passion that continuously expands the Foundation’s mission.  Some volunteer patient advocates have their own unique C. diff. Survivor Journey which is shared with compassion, dedication, and caring hearts touching patients, students, fellow healthcare professionals,  and residents in the community every day.

Volunteer members will be recognized on November 9th & 10th  during the C Diff Foundation’s
5th Annual International C. diff. Awareness Conference and Health EXPO being hosted
in Las Vegas, NV.  During the annual event the “Volunteer Shooting Star” awards will
be presented along with numerous Volunteer Patient Advocate certificates for service hours.

“We are fortunate to have such kind and giving volunteers,” said Nancy C. Caralla, Foundress and Executive Director of the C Diff Foundation, “It is an honor to recognize those who have selflessly given so much to help educate, and promote the Foundation’s mission worldwide.”

The C Diff Foundation Volunteer Program was organized in 2012 to provide volunteer services, promote community understanding of Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) CDI  Infection Prevention, Treatments, Environmental Safety and Support and to raise funds for special C Diff Foundation patient/family programs.

The C Diff Foundation Members, with  the Volunteer Patient Advocates, successfully promote
C. diff. Awareness”  nationwide and in fifty-six  (56) countries and host a
U.S. Nationwide information Hot-Line (1-844-FOR-CDIF) to support health care providers, patients, and families guiding them through the difficulties caused by a C. diff. infection.

Volunteers Members serve in 12 different committees;  Host monthly teleconference support sessions; Provide Education highlighting all aspects of a  C. diff. infection and other  healthcare related topics through workshops, community events, and literature with patients, their families, and residents from villages to cities around the globe; Triage Nurses assist patients, families, clinicians with answers to prevention, treatment, environmental safety and support questions Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST;  Register support session participants,; Provide IT management; Give clerical and social media assistance to various departments;  Provide a “Global Broadcasting Network” with www.cdiffradio.com with their educational radio
program,C. diff. Spores and More which broadcasts live every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. EST. We are grateful for our sponsor Clorox Healthcare for making this program possible.  Each episode becomes a podcast and is accessible from the C. diff. Spores and More living library located on the main cdiffradio.com program page. Each November the Volunteer Members gather at the annual conference to both present and provide assistance in making the attendees feel welcome and expand their knowledge base on a variety of health topics that are linked to the main topic ~ Clostridium difficile infections.

For more information about the C Diff Foundation Volunteer Program, please call 919-201-1512 (toll free in USA 1-844-367-2343 ) or e-mail:   info@cdifffoundation.org

C Diff Foundation Volunteers — Helping Us  Help Others and The Beacon Of Light On the Other Side Of Pain and Suffering.

Life’s Challenges Are A Challenge

How amazing it is that we accomplish and survive as many things that we do, not only in one day, one week, one month, year, decade, but through our lives. The next time a barrel full of TNT begins to roll your way — roll your sleeves up, roll your eyes and prepare to jump because you’ve got this –you’ve been through worse to see the better.

Veronice “Raunnie” Edmond, Author, Health Coach, C.diff. And Breast Cancer Survivor Raises CDI Awareness

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Veronica “Raunnie” Edmond, Author, Health Coach,
C Diff Foundation Volunteer Patient Advocate, C. diff. and
Stage 3 Breast Cancer Survivor joined us on
September 20th, 2016, at the
4th Annual International Raising C. diff. Awareness Conference and Health Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

Veronica bravely shared her tormenting, painful experience encountered with a C. difficile infection while simultaneously undergoing  treatment for Breast Cancer.

We are grateful for her full recovery from this life-threatening diagnosis and infection and for the positive attitude Veronica has in promoting breast health, wellness, and raising C.diff. awareness.

Thank you Veronica and to all fellow C.diff.  Survivors  www.cdiffsurvivors.org  sharing their inspirational journey

“No one can do this alone ~ All of us can do this together.”

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Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the year’s blessings, reconnect with family, share a big meal and sometimes get indigestion. Often times, the overindulgence of a variety of foods may cause an upset stomach or stomach bug.

To be blunt, the rapid expansion of the stomach and foods rich in creams, sugar, and fat can cause gas, bloating and diarrhea. In most cases, the stomach discomfort is temporary and, with over-the-counter medicine, the symptoms are gone.

When should you be concerned, if the usual remedies are ineffective to control diarrhea?

One of the answers is when the pain from diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever is so severe that it lands you in the emergency room. In Veronica “Raunnie” Edmond’s case, she was already hospitalized during her second round of chemotherapy for an aggressive form of stage 3 breast cancer.

Please click on the link below to be redirected to this most admirable story shared by Veronica with Marie Y. Lemelle, Contributing Columnist at Wave Newspapers

http://wavenewspapers.com/health-matters-a-case-of-diarrhea-that-almost-turned-deadly/

 

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Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA, a public relations consultant, is the owner of Platinum Star PR and can be reached on Twitter @PlatinumStar, or Instagram @PlatinumStarPR. Send “Health Matters” related questions to healthmatters@wavepublication.com and look for her column in The Wave.

C. difficile Infection (CDI) Journey Shared By A Husband And the Toll It Took On His Wife

C. diff Infection

What is that?

That was my first question to doctors upon hearing my wife’s diagnosis.

I had never heard of C.diff. before.

I did not know what it was or what it was capable of. Over the past several months I have been educated as to how horrific and deadly this infection is. It is literally a game changer…. a life changer. This is something that can quite possible destroy humanity. I am not sure why it is not being discussed more in the main stream media.

This infection kills more people every year than HIV/AIDS and drunk driving combined. It is my goal that every single person is made aware of the dangers of it and is educated about it as I have been. One day while looking at these pictures I realized the powerful statement that could be made with them. I have watched this video several times since I put it together and I still get very emotional about it.

It is amazingly sad what many people go though that is unknown to so much of the population.

Please help – Raise C. diff. Awareness – spread the word and one day additional medical/healthcare methods of prevention, and treatments will be made available that are focused on this dreadful life-threatening infection

Even if only one  person is helped —  we’ve done a good thing. Thank you.

Brian and Tonia

To watch this C. diffiicle Survivor’s  Journey – Please Click On The Following Link: