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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Washington D.C. with Anne Geddes
    would be the most professional photo shoot that my advocacy career has ever embarked on Haha Meeting Anne was splendid and her vision was even more impeccable She showed me this statue of Helen of Troy that she found and wanted me to embody her I was flattered and couldn t be more excited The photo came out beautiful and Anne was able to create a wonderful Gallery in D C to show them all There was an art gallery holding all of her portraits and I was able to meet fellow survivor Kate from Canada She s almost done with high school and plans to go to college It was really great to meet another photographed survivor Not only is she beautiful but also she has a lot of charisma Her photo is the second one purple Kate and I both spoke at the event and Anne stepped up to the plate to knock the ball out of the park Her theme throughout the campaign is Protect Nurture and Love These words don t shy away from the photos and what they portray I am adding a link to Anne s website where you will be able to see all of the other photographs http www annegeddes com protecting our tomorrows 1 paired with life long complications like myself a new amputee In Anne s project she photographed 15 survivors from all over the world with a global initiative aimed at raising awareness and the importance of it s prevention through vaccination It was a pleasure to be photographed by Anne and I would love to do it any time obviously To step into her world and meet her team family and be apart of her vision is something that I will forever hold dear to my heart I

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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » CBS Early Show: Meningitis vaccine important for back-to-school
    Understanding Meningitis Press Blog Media Photos Videos Contact Press CBS Early Show Meningitis vaccine important for back to school Posted on Sep 1 2011 in Press Slideshow Dr Jennifer Ashton profiles the survival story of one lucky college student who lost her legs and fingers to meningitis a disease that can be easily prevented with a vaccine Leave a Reply Name required Email required Website Cancel Reply Latest Posts Regarding

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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » At the Nation’s capital
    Understanding Meningitis Press Blog Media Photos Videos Contact Press At the Nation s capital Posted on Jan 2 2015 in Press Going to Washington D C June 2013 At the nation s capital Jamie Schanbaum and her mother met with 8 month old baby Audrina her mother to discuss the importance of access to medical care for children Leave a Reply Name required Email required Website Cancel Reply Latest Posts

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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » In Celebration of the Class of 2014
    Press Commencement happens every spring and every fall for that matter but the ritual is no less meaningful because of its frequency Celebrating years of cramming for finals discovering new passions and bonding with lifelong friends never gets old And when it s University of Texas at Austin students we re talking about the future is even more exciting than what has come before There s a reason we say

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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Regarding the ACIP meeting taking place in Atlanta on Thursday, February 26th
    life changing but it is deadly In 2008 I was diagnosed with meningococcal septicemia which left me with serious life weighing decisions Within 14 hours from my first symptom I was told that I had a 20 percent chance of surviving Then I was told that I was going to have to have some of my limbs amputated At the age of 20 my life had been average But within hours it transitioned to detrimental Seven months later I finally stepped out or more so wheeled out of the hospital I was alive but I had lost the bottom half of my legs and all of my fingers There is no way anyone could have predicted that this would be my life I had so many expectations for the future before I got meningitis and suddenly all that had changed I left the hospital with never ending doubts of what my life would be like I m now 26 and every day I live with the consequences of meningitis and the fact that I was not vaccinated That is why in 2009 my family and I became instrumental in educating the public about the dangers of meningitis and advocating for new Texas legislation that would require college students living in public and private facilities to get vaccinated Then in 2011 we worked to amend the bill so that all college students in the state of Texas would be required to get the meningitis vaccine before enrolling in classes I am honored that ever since The Jamie Schanbaum Nicolas Williams Act was enacted the number of meningitis cases in the state of Texas has continued to decrease Texas was the first state to implement this law and I am hopeful that other states will follow Today we have an opportunity to save even more lives and spare others from suffering the same permanent consequences as I have This week the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ACIP will consider whether to recommend the newly approved serogroup B meningococcal vaccine The current meningitis vaccine that children are recommended to receive between ages 11 12 and then again with a booster at age 16 hasn t been 100 capable of covering all five strains of meningitis The serogroup B strain which can now be prevented with this newly approved vaccine is a very dangerous strain and we ve recently seen an increase in the number of cases on college campuses across the U S Now more than ever we need to seize the moment and make sure the public is protected from as many forms of meningitis as possible Before voting on the specifics of who should receive this new vaccine I encourage everyone on the committee to take a look at survivors like myself to listen to families of those who have lost loved ones to this disease and to really consider the consequences of leaving any child unprotected when a safe and effective vaccine exists This disease has been one of the

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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Goodbye 2014!
    can do for myself and for the future with meningitis Much more to come in 2015 J In May 2014 I finally graduated college from the University of Texas here in Austin with a degree in Human Development Family Sciences specializing in Family Relationships in the school of Natural Sciences And also a minor in communication studies College graduation has been a long awaited dream ever since I was a child As we all know my college route was a little different considering I had to take a year off from school to recover from meningitis including an 8 month hospital stay To finish meant that it was just that much sweeter Thank you UT for a great education I wouldn t have asked for it any other way Hook em m This year I was able to pursue more of an effort in educating on the vaccine since I have been more available since school doesn t take most of my time anymore Not that long ago I was in Findlay Ohio speaking at the University with Senator Cliff Hite on the importance of vaccinating I hope to speak to with more political figures around the country to pursue more state regulations for meningitis as a new years resolution to myself I traveled well over 15 20 states in the past 6 months speaking to nurses and thanking them for doing what seems to be a routine at work giving the vaccine because nurses are everyday superheroes Whether or not they realize they save lives and I thank them for their work This summer I did a traveling work tour with Dara Torres on meningitis Dara is a twelve time Olympic medalist a mother and is obviously one incredible athlete She has wonderful support she is super ambitious and

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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Press
    Health Services Department staff Aug 24 during a presentation with her mother Patsy Schanbaum in the administration building I want to be the drop into the water that causes the Read More National Meningitis Association s 10 Year Anniversary Posted on Apr 28 2012 in Featured Press Videos The National Meningitis Association celebrates its 10 year anniversary Much has been accomplished this past decade but there is still work to be done to ensure all pre teens and teens are protected against meningococcal disease Read More KPRC NBC Houston Meningitis survivor raises awareness Posted on Apr 25 2012 in Featured Press Watch this clip of Jamie helping to raise awareness about meningitis on NBC Houston Read More KVUE Austin Meningitis survivor amputee to compete in Paralympics Posted on Mar 23 2012 in Press Riding a bike is something we all learn to do when we re kids and Jamie Schanbaum was no different In 2008 she was a University of Texas student using her bike to get around Austin I was just a commuter I wasn t a competitive cyclist at all she said Now she is a gold medal winning competitive Read More Texas Children s Hospital Facing Meningitis Posted on Nov 25 2011 in Press Slideshow This educational and compelling video conveys the importance of young people receiving the meningococcal meningitis vaccine before going to college Read More Jamie s PSA Posted on Oct 30 2011 in Press Save your life get vaccinated for meningitis Read More CBS Early Show Meningitis vaccine important for back to school Posted on Sep 1 2011 in Press Slideshow Dr Jennifer Ashton profiles the survival story of one lucky college student who lost her legs and fingers to meningitis a disease that can be easily prevented with a vaccine Read More Texas

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  • The J.A.M.I.E. Group » Almost Thanksgiving!
    my tiny gopro camera with me to record all of the ceremonies and I will post what I captured in a later blog post It was a long awaited goal of mine to graduate but after a grueling experience in the hospital for half a year and then to follow with a semester off for competitive cycling I came across the most important finish line Receiving my diploma I graduated in the school of Natural Sciences with a major in Human Development Family Sciences This major is similar to psychology but with more focus on interpersonal communications in a sociological aspect I loved it In a way I do miss group discussions and delving into debated topics but for now I couldn t be more excited to focus on my future I have been out of school for about 6 months and have been with my current job for almost three years I work as an advocate for a global vaccine company where I am flown across the country to give speeches on my experience with the disease I do appreciate meeting all of the different nurses doctors clinical professions etc and hearing their positive feedback from my speeches I now have been to over 32 states in the US due to my job and I can t wait to see that number go up Before I was in the hospital I probably had only visited six or seven states It s important to get my voice heard especially when it matters In a lot of different states they do not have mandatory regulations for college students and even middle school students don t get their vaccinations against meningitis And so if I can I try to reach out to any political advisors or connections to show the importance on

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