Valley Fever Survivor presents Valley Fever Voices, our video series for survivors to share their stories of struggles, losses, and triumphs when dealing with this disease. The long-form interview format allows them to provide a more complete picture of what they experienced. If you or a family member have VF, it is comforting to know what others have been through and that victories are possible. You are not alone.
Gina Potter had a severe case of meningitis from Valley Fever. The severity of this was compounded by delays in diagnosis and medical understanding of her case. It was also complicated with hydrocephalus, a dangerous pressure on her brain due to an increase in fluid within her skull. She explains the course of her recovery, involving a variety of treatments, the use of the Ommaya Reservoir to put antifungal medication directly into her cerebrospinal fluid, and the necessity of a positive attitude.
Due to the financial hardship she has suffered from Valley Fever, she also has a Go Fund Me page here: https://www.gofundme.com/qkveggg. Note that this text link is updated and more current than the first one she had used in the video. Please use the link in this paragraph instead of the link in the video.
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