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After several years of trying to conceive, and several miscarriages, in January 2019 we thought we had the good news we were waiting for.
However our delight soon turned to trauma, shock and fear in a very short space of time. On the 30th of Jan, after feeling unwell for a couple of days thinking I had food poisoning, the most intense pain and nausea swept over me. I rapidly went downhill, not knowing I was in the middle of going through an ectopic pregnancy.
Unknown to me, my Fallopian tube had ruptured, and I was bleeding internally. I was doubled over in pain, particularly in the shoulder - which I now know is a sign of internal bleeding. I knew things were bad when I began to lose consciousness. Thank goodness my husband called 999 for an ambulance.
The team in the ambulance were great, looking after me initially, and rushing me to Lewisham Hospital for emergency surgery, where the staff were also amazing. The tube was removed the same night via open abdominal surgery, within hours of the symptoms worsening. I woke the next morning to find I had a drain in my abdomen, and was told that I had required 2 blood transfusions due to the internal bleeding before and during the surgery.
Ectopic pregnancy can occur in around 1 in 80 pregnancies and can be a life threatening condition. Thanks to the wonderful people that work in the NHS I was seen and assessed quickly, and I came through this horrible experience. It is a traumatic experience and one of the worst in my life.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust have been invaluable, and provided excellent support, information and aftercare. I have spoken to several people and just discussing the experience and my thoughts and feelings with someone that has been through the same thing really helps with recovery and going forward. The mental scars last longer than the physical ones, and they are on hand to help anyone going through the same experience with expert support and advice.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust receives NO government funding, relying solely on donors and Friends of the Trust to raise money. In addition the Trust does not charge for its services. Therefore I would like to give something back by raising some much needed funds.
I will be taking part in the 5k Big Fun Run on October 19th 2019 at Crystal Palace Park.
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I am doing a 5k run for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust because I want to raise money and awareness.
We provide information, support & education to improve the care in ectopic pregnancy
Charity Registration No. 1071811