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Fungal Meningitis Victim Shares Her Story

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The headlines from the meningitis outbreak have largely disappeared, but for those infected the long, painful process of become healthy again is part of daily life.

"Your whole life is focused on this," says Joan Peay who became infected with fungal meningitis from a pain epideral shot she received from a St. Thomas Hospital outpatient clinic back in September.

Joan is one of thousands of people nationwide who wakes up every morning and has to take anti-fungal medication. Her last spinal tap showed she still has high levels of meningitis in her body.

"The medicine makes you sick to your stomach and you feel nauseous, I felt like I had the flu for over two months. And I was fortunate that I only had one tainted shot. But what I've been through I don't consider fortunate," the 72-year-old adds.

Joan has filed suit against New England Compounding Center who the FCC says is largely to blame for the tainted medication being distributed to thousands of patients nationwide. 

The anti-fungal medication Joan takes everyday costs well over $1,000 and she does not believe she should have to pay for any of it.

"It's really frustrating because they've (New England Compounding Center) really ruined a lot of, they've really ruined lives and families," she added.

Joan will get another spinal tap on Tuesday to see if she's still infected.

"I'll be so glad when this is over."

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