My name is Nikki. Three and a half years ago I was admitted to hospital as an emergency. I cannot remember much about it to be totally honest but was diagnosed with necrotising fasciitis (flesh eating bug) and sepsis. I spent two weeks in a coma during which time I underwent two separate surgeries to save my life. Despite the surgery I was given a 2 – 3% chance of survival and consultants advised my family that I would have no quality of life and it would be ‘kinder’ to switch off my life support. Having been advised to do this by healthcare professionals, my family considered it; thankfully they decided to proceed with further surgery even though they were told it was extremely unlikely that I would survive (where there’s life, there’s hope). I survived. The following 9 months of recovery were tough – extremely tough, and challenging. I was determined to get back to work, even though it seemed unlikely. I did get back to work though! Part of the surgery I had was to create a stoma – a colostomy, which means I wear a bag on my tummy as I have very little bowel left but am able to have a colostomy reversal and two major hernia repairs (which have appeared due to the surgery to create the stoma); I have been on the waiting list for this operation now for 3 years. The experience of almost losing my life has had a profound effect on me – a positive one! Before I was taken ill I had suffered with anxiety and depression (most of my adult life), this whole experience has altered my view on life and I feel I have been given a second chance. I truly have a newfound passion for life even though long-term Prognosis for NF survivors isn’t entirely favourable. I have given up waiting for surgery, so have decided to waste no more valuable time doing so. I am 48 now and have decided it is time to give up work in the NHS (of which I’ve given 24 years of my life). I struggle with concentration and memory as a result of my illness; traits which are essential in my line of work. After giving up my job, it is my desire to travel for as long as is possible to see some of the world, meet new people and volunteer to good causes as I do so. I will be doing this on a very tight budget as I will have just a small retirement pension. I will be travelling by car and possibly train. It is a daunting yet exciting plan and I intend to give as much back to society as I proceed. So my purpose of this post is to try to raise some funds to allow me to keep going for as long as is possible and realise this ambition. It is my honest intention to volunteer to worthy causes as I proceed with this plan. I would never have thought of asking for donations at any time in my life but after everything that has happened, I guess I’m now of the opinion – everything is worth a chance – anything is possible. So if you feel you would be happy to help me fulfill this next stage in my journey, I would be extremely thankful for donations of any kind. My heartfelt thanks for taking the time to read this.