Rose Morinello

I am a survivor of the "flesh eating disease" called Necrotizing Fasciitis. Four years ago I had a small boil in my groin that wouldn't go away...I was also on the drug prednisone for another issue. The boil grew and it remained infected. It didn't look right to me...the pain was unbelievable and I knew something was wrong. I immediately went to the hospital emergency to see if they could drain the boil. I couldn't see it! The doctor came and looked at it and immediately admitted me to the hospital. I was perplexed. I thought it was just a bad infection and I would go home in a day. The redness of the infection grew to my right leg. Then they gave me a CAT scan and immediately went into surgery. I still didn't know what was wrong or wasn't diagnosed. My family knew however. I woke up with a 25 inch open cut in my grown all the way to my hip...more surgeries were in my future and the outcome wasn't known. Three surgeries later..they patched me up and said I was a survivor of Necrotizing Fasciitis. I knew about it after the 2nd surgery and prayed I would survive this horrible disease. Today I am back to normal..however, I am very tired all the time and still have pain in that area at times. I did have another episode about 6 months later...and one more little surgery was taken place due to my history. I am a survivor...it changed me in so many ways. I look at life as a blessing and choose to be happy each and every day.