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Choctaw Woman Describes Medical Ordeal, Hopes To Raise Awareness

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A Choctaw woman is battling a life-changing ordeal, the loss of her ability to perform the simplest of tasks. A Choctaw woman is battling a life-changing ordeal, the loss of her ability to perform the simplest of tasks.
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A Choctaw woman is battling a life-changing ordeal, the loss of her ability to perform the simplest of tasks.

“I thought I had chill. I thought I might have a fever,” Sue Stull said. “I had no energy.” 

Stull began suffering from flu-like symptoms in August 2014. 

She went to emergency room and was told she had some sort of viral infection.

“I was a sicker than they lead us to believe,” Stull said.

Doctors told Stull's family told there was a good chance she would die.

“One Tuesday, he (the doctor) said say your goodbyes. If she makes it through the night, do it again Wednesday. If she makes it again, do it Thursday. Keep doing it until she passes or gets better,” said Jay Stull, Sue Stull's husband.

Sue Stull was diagnosed with Sepsis Syndrome, a life-threatening complication from an infection.

“When you go into septic shock, your bodies tries to protect all your vital organs, so it restricts blood flow to the extremities and sends it all to your core,” Sue Stull said.

The Choctaw mother would recover, but her life is changed for forever.

“In my dreams, I still have my arms and my legs and feet. and then when I wake up in the morning, it's back to reality,” Sue Stull said.

One year after her first ER visit, Sue Stull now feels comfortable talking about the ordeal.

“I just want people to know, it can happen to anybody at any time. There really is no warning,” she said

Sue Stull has already spoken to the husband of Jo Rogers, an Oklahoman who recently suffered from septic shock after getting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a tick bite.

She also lost her arms and legs.

Sue Stull is now out to show what's still possible, like walking again.

Her message; brighter days always follow the dark ones.

The toughest part for the Stulls is not knowing how she got sick. 

One thing she can do is skydive, and that's what the entire family is doing this weekend.

The event is planned to raise awareness for sepsis.

For more information, including the Stull’s GoFundMe page, click here.

Sue Stull's family also planned a 5K fun run walk to help raise awareness. It is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Click here to learn more about the event.

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