Meningitis Survivor | Texas
I contracted meningococcal meningitis when I was only three days old. I was very lucky and received treatment within hours of contracting the disease. In 1946, penicillin was the only drug available to combat meningitis. Back then, the survival rate was one in seven, according to the doctors at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Galveston, Texas, where I was treated. It was not easy for me to live with the neurological after effects. It took me longer to master new skills and concepts. I discovered through the years that my way of learning was different than it was for others, but I could, and did, learn.
I served 30 years with the military both reserve and active duty and received Letters of Commendations from Generals in the Air Force, and both the Navy Achievement Medal and Navy Commendation Medal. At age 57, I have proven that survivors of bacterial meningitis can succeed in life and overcome the challenges that life presents.