As you may now know from reading my blog, I sadly experienced an ectopic pregnancy a few years ago. This was utterly devastating to both myself and my husband. Sadly, the reality is that it this happens on a daily basis all over the world, sometimes without any known explanation. For those of you that don’t know (I didn’t until it had happened to me) ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects 1 in 80 pregnancies. In layman’s terms it means “an out-of-place pregnancy”. It occurs when a woman’s egg, that has been fertilised, implants itself outside the womb, usually in the Fallopian tube but there are many other sites like the ovary, etc. that it can implant itself into. It is, sadly, not possible to move an ectopic pregnancy into the womb to allow it to grow normally and so it is removed. Quite often, due to the damage caused, it is removed alongside the reproductive organ it has attached itself to. Leaving the patient with a broken heart and damaged fertility.
At the time of my ectopic pregnancy I didn’t really feel like there was anyone to turn to who understood how I was feeling, and so I turned to the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust for support. Their hard work, compassion and understanding truly helped me get past the trauma of my ectopic pregnancy. For anyone that has experienced or is experiencing the same thing I strongly recommend you visit their website:
I have decided I want to give back what I can to make sure they can help others who have experienced the same thing.
I also want to raise awareness, as the more people are aware that such a thing exists, the more support there is for women/couples who have to experience such a heartbreaking turbulent time.
I am now dedicating my spare time to raise money for this wonderful cause. The aim of my fundraiser is to focus my heartbreak into something positive by walking 1,000 miles in 10 months. That’s 100 miles a month, approx. 25 miles a week, and around 3.3 miles a day from now until April 2019. Please support me by donating as little or as much as you possibly can.
Just £5 enables them to provide ongoing support to women and their families, £10 enables them to teach doctors about the emotional impact of losing a baby, £5 provides seven people with leaflets that help them understand their treatment, £15 enables them to operate their helpline for one hour and £100 enables them to run their website for a week (which includes aftercare advice, forums, and information).
Please visit my JustGiving page to donate. http://www.justgiving.com/Holly-Pattison?utm_id=26