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.
As a teenager, Lani Rush had a severe case of meningitis from Valley Fever. As it worsened she had a shunt surgically implanted in her skull, she experienced problems with the shunt, and even had a near-death experience. She also comments on the medical care she received inside and outside endemic areas. Her story and recovery gives inspiration to women with Valley Fever who may be told they may not be able to have children due to a Valley Fever infection, as she was able to do so successfully three times, including the pregnancy she mentioned during this video.
Please note that there were some audio problems with echoes in the second half of the interview that could not be avoided, but they mostly affect the questions from David Filip and Sharon Filip, not Lani’s answers.
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