About Me

Hey! My name is Stephanie and I'm a 24 year old type one diabetic living in Rochester New York. I currently work full-time for the University of Rochester as a medical secretary. I was previously a pharmacy technician for four years, which sparked my interest in the medical field. I also went to trade school for esthetics to further my skills in skincare and makeup. My passions include beauty, squishy bulldogs and helping others in the medical community.

On July 13th, 2015 my life was turned upside down by a medical fluke. It was, as we call it, a "perfect storm". Long story short, I had a catastrophic migraine. I threw up while I was in diabetic ketoacidosis, commonly known as DKA. When this happened it essentially went down the wrong tube. My stomach contents were so acidic it destroyed the tissue inside my lungs. As a result, I ended up in respiratory and cardiac failure. I was placed on a ventilator, pumped with drugs, and hooked up to an uncommon and advanced form of life support called ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). With a survival rate of less than five percent, I survived and live to tell the tale.

This is a place for me to share my experiences, struggles, victories and much more.  I remember not being able to find support for my kind of outcome when I was discharged. My goal is to expand patient outreach to other patients and family members who have survived ECMO and traumatic ICU admissions. I hope for medical professionals to gain insight from my experiences to better the care of future patients.