What are the chances of surviving sepsis? (Can you survive from sepsis?)

What are the chances of surviving sepsis? (Can you survive from sepsis?)

The answer to ‘What are the chances of surviving sepsis‘ are stacked in your favour and you can survive from sepsis!

What are the chances of surviving sepsis

You maybe wondering what an article on ‘what are the chances of surviving sepsis‘ got to do with ‘what to do in life‘. I hope by the time you’ve read this article, the answer to this question will become apparent! You may also be wondering why this question is relevant to me.

Well put it this way, when I was going through cancer treatment, I developed sepsis three times.


In this article I talk about what are the chances of surviving sepsis and what this has to do with ‘what to do in life‘. I had sepsis three times in less than four months and managed to survive each episode. This was without any apparent long-term effects too. It was this experience that changed the way I look upon life, which is what I hope will help you to change your life for the better too.


Yes you read that correctly, I had sepsis three times in less than four months! More about this later.

Before I get into what are the chances of surviving sepsis, it’s probably worth understanding what sepsis is.

What is sepsis?

The opening statement on the UK’s NHS website on sepsis says the following statement:

Sepsis is a serious complication of an infection. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

NHS Sepsis Overview

At the time I had sepsis I didn’t actually realise how serious it was.

But after the more recent awareness campaign for sepsis, I certainly found this out. Reading the above statement from the NHS, but in particular the last nine words ‘sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death‘, makes me realise just how lucky I am.

Especially when you read a further section from the NHS article on sepsis, which reads:

Almost all people with severe sepsis and septic shock require admission to hospital. Some people may require admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). At least 46,000 people die every year as a result of the condition.

NHS Sepsis Overview

I had to be admitted to hospital on each of the three occasions that I had this infection. One time I ended up in The Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s A & E Resuscitation Department.

Friend lost to sepsis

The importance of understanding how dangerous sepsis can be was brought home to be about a week ago. At a local curry club we learned that one of our members recently died.

He had supposed to be there that evening, but for the fact that he’d died only about a week beforehand.

When the organiser of the event stood up to say a few words, it then became apparent what had happened. The curry club member who was a local family man with children went home from work not feeling too good.

As the day progressed he became more ill until he had to be admitted to hospital. His family received a message later that evening to say that he’d gone into a coma and was suffering from sepsis.

He died shortly after this.

Listening to this sad story about a friend and colleague highlighted to me once more how lucky I had been.

This brought it home to me again again about how I need to make sure I make the most from my life. Life is too short to spend it unhappy and unfulfilled.

Over 46,000 people in the UK die from sepsis every year

Noting that over 46,000 people die from sepsis makes me realise how lucky I am to still be alive today.

Sepsis is often referred to as either blood poisoning or septicaemia. It is referred to in this way due to the invasion of bacteria into the bloodstream. Bacterial infections are the most common cause of sepsis, but on occasions it can be caused by fungal or viral infections too.

Sepsis can affect multiple organs or the entire body, even without blood poisoning or septicaemia.

Now that I’ve explained what sepsis is and how dangerous it can be, and before I get to what it has to do with what to do in life, let’s explore the question ‘can you survive from sepsis‘.

Can you survive from sepsis?

The simple answer to this question is yes you can survive from sepsis. If it wasn’t possible to survive sepsis, then I wouldn’t be writing this article.

It usually needs to be caught early, preferably before it spreads to your vital organs.

However, because of my ignorance to this infection (okay and my stupid stubbornness), I failed to do this.

A fear of needles or an irrational fear could have cost me my life

Being that I was scared of needles…yes I had a needle phobia, I left going to the hospital until the very last minute. Yes stupid I know!

I knew that I’d end up with a cannula or an intravenous IV in my arm. The cannula is used to pump antibiotics directly into the bloodstream…intravenously.

Can you imagine this, an irrational fear nearly cost me my life. Something that is imagined and is a mere phobia I put above the real fear or danger.

This is quite bonkers when you think about this for a moment.

There was me lying on the couch at home worrying about having a needle put in my arm, which in reality doesn’t hurt. I put this irrational fear above the fear that I should have been focusing on, which was the clear and present danger…sepsis!

Stop kidding yourself

This is the power of the mind and how a perceived threat or fear can paralyze you. In my defense at the time, I hadn’t fully appreciated just how dangerous sepsis was. But perhaps I was kidding myself.

One time when I knew I was unwell, I had been taking paracetamol tablets to try to reduce my temperature, which had increased to the high 38°C’s (>100°F).

It was only when my wife took one look at me and insisted, after she took my temperature, that we go to the hospital immediately that we went. In fact this time my temperature started to exceed 40°C (>104°F) this time I had sepsis.

Normal temperature for an adult is around 37°C (98.6°F).

I have to admit that I was scared. I thought that I’d left it too late. At the time I was still fighting cancer and I was still going through chemotherapy treatment. So my immune system was extremely low and I wasn’t in the best shape.

But survive I did and I beat sepsis, along with the cancer I had. Which is thanks to The Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

But you must now be wondering what surviving sepsis and what to do in life have to do with each other. Let me explain.

What surviving sepsis has to do with what to do in life

I had spent the majority of my life trying to work out what to do with my life.

I’ve worked for people, I’ve had my own businesses of varying sizes (my largest had a multi-million turnover), but I was never truly happy in my work-life.

It’s only when you are faced with major life-threatening situations when you begin to realise how short life is. If you don’t reevaluate life when faced with death, then in my opinion, there’s something wrong.

Not only did I have cancer, where I’d been given months to live if I didn’t go through chemotherapy and managed to survive, but then I also managed to survive sepsis three times too.

This got me thinking on two levels. Level one was that I needed to change what I was doing. I was running a large manufacturing business at the time and hated it. Getting cancer and then contracting sepsis made me stand up, lookup and listen to what was going on.

This is where level two comes in. I quickly realised that my purpose on the planet wasn’t to make furniture, it wasn’t to run a care business, nor was it to be an accountant (by the way I have done all of these and more).

I realised that my passion and enjoyment comes from writing. Being creative is what I love to do. By doing so, this allows me to help others and to write articles like this to help people who are struggling with what to do in life, and to find their way.

Lessons can be learned from other people’s journeys

My journey, which at this part of my life’s journey came from have a sepsis infection three times, is a lesson that I won. I see it as my message, which I need to broadcast in order to send out a loud message to anyone willing to listen.

It’s my goal to help as many people as I can to change the way they think about life.

I would like you to take a closer look at your life. Are you happy with how things are? Are you happy with what you are doing with your life?

The conveyor belt of life

I refer to life as like a conveyor belt. But as with all conveyor belts there is an end. Non of us know how far away the end of our conveyor belt is, but irrespective of this, you should live this period with vigor and happiness.

Where you are now on your own personal conveyor belt of life, is where you are. You can’t go back and you can’t stand still. The only way is to continue forward.

I’d like you to visualise this concept and think about it as if there were a conveyor belt stretching out in front of you.

Imagine how the end is potentially in sight. Imagine the end creeping up on you, day by day.

But please use my lesson in my life (or near death) and where the end of my conveyor belt of life was in sight. The conveyor belt seemed at the time considerably shortened.

I hope you enjoyed this article about what are the chances of surviving sepsis

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your life and what you’re doing in the comments below. Please also share your thoughts and ideas on this article too. Please share my article with others too, as I’m keen for those who haven’t yet lost a close loved one to read the article too.

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions about your life and your life’s purpose (or specifically about what are the chances of surviving sepsis), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about what to do in life for you to read and learn about this subject.

Have fun and live life to the full. Practice gratitude and show love.