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- Ballymoney, UK
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I am Wendy Carton and I am hoping and praying for the help of my family, friends, neighbours and the public to help me continue to have hope and see the glimmer of hope at the end of this dark tunnel. Please read my story below.
In 2008 I had surgery for a bladder prolapse in Causeway Hospital, Coleraine which at the time seemed to be a success and relieved my earlier symptoms until a couple of years later. It was then that I began unable to empty my bladder without the use of a catheter, which caused me to have ongoing urinary tract infections, and bowel obstructions resulting in being continually on antibiotics, drips and being in and out of hospital for treatment as well as battling ongoing anxiety and depression.
I kept searching for answers, and continued to get conflicting views and nobody could give me an answer as to why this was happening or give me any sort of reason, and was losing my confidence in the Health service.
It was only by chance that I found my diagnosis after nine years of searching, after seeing on the news about a woman who had been suffering after she had bladder surgery done with a mesh fitted, then when my sister gave me a copy of our local woman magazine I read an article written by a solicitor from Londonderry about the mesh and about woman who had suffered and were still suffering due to it.
It was then I took the article to my GP who said he would help me find out if this was what was causing my problems. A few days later I received a phone call from the City Hospital, Belfast who told me that I in-fact did have the mesh fitted, I rang my GP who advised I speak to a lawyer. I met with the solicitor from Londonderry, who had written the article and she was very helpful and a great support.
In November 2017, I had an appointment with a Gynaecologist, who again confirmed I had the mesh fitted. I then had to make a decision whether to have the mesh completely removed or not, which means major surgery, and more time in and out of hospital. I have been advised by a specialist at Belfast City it will take at least two operations to have it completely removed.
Whilst this was all difficult in the midst of it I still had my faith in a great God and my saviour Jesus Christ, I have had and continue to have great support from my doctors, husband, daughters and family.
Again I am hoping and praying for the help of my family, friends, neighbours and the public to help me continue to have hope and see the glimmer of hope at the end of this dark tunnel.
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Sharon Stewart & Derek McCullough
Jul 23, 2018
Please God that you will reach your target for the surgery you require. May the lord bless and keep you safe
Jun 25, 2018
Wend I hope and pray that you reach your target and get this surgery to end the nightmare you have had to live with, God bless xxx
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