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Rachael Sallis

Rachael's Hertfordshire Half page

I am running 13 miles for awareness of Pcos for Verity The Polycystic Ovaries Self Help Group because we need to raise awareness for this condition

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  • Event: Hertfordshire Half, 18 Nov 2018

Verity The Polycystic Ovaries Self Help Group

Verity is a self help group set up in 1997 to help women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The charity is completely self funded and is the only national charity for women with PCOS. PCOS affects millions of women in the UK and worldwide (approximately 5-10 per cent) .

Charity Registration No. 1097599



First of all its taken alot for me to write this but my journey has been very theraputic in some ways as running has become my outlet.

Back in 2014 when trying to concieve I was diagnosed with PCOS syndrome. I had several cysts on my right ovary, which were all affecting my fertility, aswel as blocked follopian tubes. I had to undergo a unblock both tubes, emotionally and physically exhausting.

My consultant explained that I would have to start fertility treatment so that my body could beggin to ovulate every month and beggin to regulate a cycle. Round one came and went and alittle bit of hope was lost! The need to be a Mummy was so strong inside of me the emotional torment was too much to bare.

I decided to move on with my life and concentrate on other things! However on Christmas eve 2015 the best present arrived in the form of a very clear blue line on a home kit pg test. I couldn't quite believe my eyes... hubs and I were beyond excited.

Afew weeks later I started to bleed and was rushed in for an early scan my heart was racing and hope was fading. But there on the screen infront of us was a tiny little dot of a heartbeat! Our baby was ok!...

Throughout my whole pregnancy I was extremely sick with hyperemesis gravidarum... high bp and gestational diabetes. I had a rough time but I was grateful for this life that was growing inside of me! It took 2.5 years in total to fall pregnant. I use to put on a brave face to those around me who would ask "so when are you having children?" Or "its your turn next"... for each of these phrases alittle piece of me would die inside. I felt ashamed that my female body could not reproduce.

However just reading other peoples story online, running, and not losing hope entirely kept me going! My son is now 20 months old and thriving! He was a bonnie 10lbs 2.5oz at birth!

I am totally and utterly truly blessed to have him! I can empathise with all women experiencing fertility issues I know that all too familiar pain you are going through.

Please don't lose Hope it kept me going in the darkest of times.

So I'm running this gruelling half marathon alone, for you, for me and for my son who I faught for with my heart and soul!!!

Thankyou love Rachael


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