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Emma Reader

Team Reader 245 mile challenge

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p] In April 2017 I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) at 5 weeks pregnant. I had spent 72 hours being sick, feeling nauseous and unable to keep anything down including fluids. Although I welcome the sign of pregnancy I was concerned about nutrition and hydration so went to my GP. They were brilliant, it was taken seriously from the start and I was given anti-sickness tablets. My journey through pregnancy was up and down, I tried 2 different types of medication to manage HG before finding one at 20 weeks that settled things enough, although I remained nauseous throughout my whole pregnancy and was sick throughout my labour. [/p][p] I used the Pregnancy Sickness Support online forum as a resource throughout as a way of connecting with others who were in similar situations as it certainly wasn`t anything I was expecting when I fell pregnant. I also, in conjunction with my GP, utilized their website to receive the right treatment. As my pregnancy progressed and I spoke to others I realized I was so fortunate, my GP worked in collaboration with me. Never once was I dismissed or not taken seriously, and it still amazes me now that not everyone has the same experience.[/p][p] Shortly after Jude was born I signed up to volunteer for PSS. And a few months after that I signed up to the Wild Women in Wales Challenge. With 14 other PSS volunteers we spent 3 days making our way across wales including climbing up then down Snowdon in the dark!! I met so many amazingly strong ladies who all had different experiences of pregnancy and HG[/p][p] I`ve now supported a number of women through their pregnancies as well as joining social media teams for the charity. One of the things I feel really passionate about is that everyone should have access to the right care at the right time. See below for what the charity does![/p][p] [url=http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/][b]Pregnancy Sickness Support[/b][/url][b] (PSS) is the only UK national charity supporting women with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) and Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). It provides a telephone helpline and an [/b][url=http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/online-support-forum/][b]online forum[/b][/url][b] as well as a national [/b][url=http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/help/supporters-network/][b]peer support network[/b][/url][b] for sufferers to access. It also educates and supports healthcare professionals treating the condition.[/b][/p][p] The charity provides information leaflets and a website with all the latest information about treatments as well help with a wide range of issues such as coping strategies, employment rights, information for carers and preparation for further HG pregnancies[/p][p] The Challenge:[/p][p] Jeremy and I are going to be running 245 race miles in 9 months (starting 1st January 2020) between us (so 122.5 each). It`s the number of days I suffered with HG for. We`ll be running all of the miles together to help show the support that is needed to get through any pregnancy but especially a HG one. Running is a huge part of our lives, not just with each other but our running club and friends too. Hopefully some of our friends will be joining us on some of our runs too.[/p][p] Throughout the challenge I`ll be keeping a blog which you can find [url=https://www.teampss.org/new-blog]here[/url] where I`ll document our journey from planning to racing! So please have a read and whilst you`re online click donate too ;-) [/p][p] [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

01 Oct 2020


Oct 22, 2019


Go guys! You're amazing!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 16, 2019

Lizzie Mapplebeck

Go for it Emma!! What an inspiration!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid