Two women with alarming stories to share.
“Never got the flu shot. Always thought I was healthy. I hard ever got sick,” says Laura Terranova.
Lisa Pellerin says, “I just procrastinated. I can’t say more than that. I just procrastinated.”
“They did tell my daughter, I was very sick,” says Lisa, “And there was a possibility that I wouldn’t make it out.”
Laura, who rejected the vaccine, caught the flu.
She says, “Two times my family was told to say good-bye to me.”
Days later she was in the hospital — fighting for her life.
“I had a virus,” Laura says, “That attacked my heart and I needed to be hooked up to three machines right away to start running for my heart or else I would have died.”
A diabetic and asthmatic, also a nurse, Lisa Pellerin was vigilant about getting the flu shot.
But waited too long so her body didn’t have time to build up the antibodies to fight it off.
Lisa explains, “Because I figured I worked from home, I wasn’t out in the general population and that I would be one of the lucky ones that won’t get it.”
She was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and in the ICU of two hospitals.
The women say, paying close attention to what was going on, was a factor.
Lisa says, “I just knew that something was not quite right.”
“I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow,” says Laura, “And I was that dizzy and I knew it just wasn’t me.”
Eight heart surgeries later – three of which were open heart — Laura has fully recovered.
Laura says, “The first time someone coughs in my office or someone sneezes behind me, I do start to tense up.”
Lisa is still recovering, “I still have shortness of breath. I still have a cough. And this very well maybe my norm.”
Laura and Lisa – know all too well how quickly complications can set in.
Lisa says, ‘I tell everybody to get that flu shot.”
“Any chance I get,” Laura says, “I try to talk to people about the importance of a flu vaccine.”
Laura works closely with the American Heart Association – sharing her story to get that message out.
Lisa has partnered with the American Lung Association — and joined its nationwide MY Shot campaign- now underway.
If you haven’t already — get that flu shot.
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