Sarah initially suffered a hernia while at work in the 1990s. Following her hernia repair surgery, she suffered a staph infection, severe pain and other problems. Years later, Sarah had a follow-up surgery to repair those issues. During this surgery, her doctor implanted a Kugel Mesh Patch.
"In the few months following surgery, I had very sharp pains," Sarah says. "I was very sick, nauseated, very dizzy—a lot of the time I was dizzy—and my bones ached. I had pain in the left part of my hip and lower back around to my stomach. I still suffer with it very badly.
"After that second surgery was when I started losing my hair. I have to wear a prosthesis wig because I lost all my hair. I had infections, chills and fever. I was fatigued during that time and I still am. I ended up with splotches on my body from rashes that broke out. I had a multitude of things going wrong with my body.
"It's so much to tell that I can't tell it all. It's been years and I've gone to several doctors about my stomach. My stomach is lopsided: where I had the hernia repair my stomach hangs down and I have to wear a panty girdle to get around. If I don't wear it I can't get around because of the pain on the left side of my stomach.
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"I have pelvic pain and intestinal problems. I've tried to get some kind of relief for my stomach, but so far nothing has worked. I've had MRIs and x-rays and the doctors don't know what is wrong.
"I read about that other woman, the one who died, and what she went through sounds like what I'm going through. I wouldn't want anyone else to go through what I go through daily. There are daily activities that I cannot do. I can't enjoy myself or my grandkids. I've lost out on time with them and on time being with my daughter because I was too sick to go and do things."