Michael and Joanne Palmer had only been married for two months when Michael was rushed into James Cook with severe sepsis in 2014.
It was a traumatic time as Joanne was warned that Michael might not survive, but after two weeks in a coma on the intensive care unit he pulled through.
“It is very scary because you wake up and you don’t know where you are,” said Michael, 48, of Acklam. “Two years later I still have nightmares and flashbacks.
“But the ICU Steps group has been a great help – they are a lifeline. People talk about their experiences and you realise that you are not the only one going through it.
“Without the group I do not know what we would all do. I don’t think I would have survived emotionally without them.
“I have a different outlook on life now – I just live for today!”