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Emma Reader

Wild Women Survival Challenge

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My story

[p]A group of women who have survived the serious pregnancy complication, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), are out to show how tough they really are. [/p][p]15 HG survivors are taking on a 48 hour survival challenge in Gwynedd, Wales in the Autumn to raise awareness of this horrific medical condition and raise much needed funds for UK Charity Pregnancy Sickness Support (Hyperemesis) UK[/p][p]It is very common for women with the condition to be told they’re “soft” or “just not coping” and “being a bit of a princess” when in fact they're tough women faced with a horrific medical condition. [/p][p]After long periods of illness (often having been bed-bound for months) the team are getting fit and completing a challenging trek across Snowdonia in late October from Bethesda to Black Rock Sands using a direct route which will present various obstacles to traverse, so they will not only be hiking but rappelling, river crossing and kayaking also. [/p][p]Over the 48 hour challenge the women will also be wild camping en route. The expedition has parallels with HG in that there is simply no getting around the obstacles of the condition and no cure exists, but with the help of a support network the journey could be easier. [/p][p]Megan Hine expedition leader and survival expert said "I have huge respect for these women and what they have been through and continue to battle daily. They have resilience in abundance which puts them in a great position for completing this challenge. I am really looking forward to meeting them and hearing their stories."[/p][p]Many women see HG as a survival challenge with similar obstacles such as malnutrition, dehydration and profound loneliness and isolation. [/p][p]Historically HG was the leading cause of death in early pregnancy and while mortality is rare now, women commonly feel like they are dying because without IV fluid and medication many would.[/p][p]So what's my story? At 7 weeks pregnant I had an awful weekend of constantly vomiting, I couldn't keep anything down. I thought to myself wow morning sickness sucks. By Monday morning I felt weak and, already paranoid after losing a baby 6 months beforehand I went to the GP. I was so lucky, they took me seriously and did not hesitate to prescribe antiemetics. Sadly the first medication didn't work but with my GP's support we found something that helped. [/p][p]I still believed at this point I just needed to get to the magic 12 weeks for things to get better bad reach the glowing pregnancy stage.....i was still waiting for that at 40 weeks pregnant!! [/p][p]I started using the forum that PSS runs because I just didn't know how to explain to people what was going on. I realised then that I was one of the lucky ones. I had an amazing partner, fantastic boss and a GP that wanted to work in partnership with me. I found a medication that meant I could keep water down and very bland food (I though Jude would come out looking like a super noodle!). It was tough and I had to stop working at 22 weeks because it just caused me to relapse constantly. During this time I had all sorts of feelings but mostly guilt towards my partner for our lives grinding to a halt and concern what would be happening to my baby boy. The forum provided support to know at least I wasnt on my own. [/p][p]I now volunteer with the charity and love not only helping other sufferers but trying to raise the profile of this awful illness. [/p][p]Please support not only me and the ladies doing this challenge but every HG sufferer [/p]
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Nov 9, 2018

Charlotte

You're amazing, and what an amazing charity to be raising money and awareness for. Well done, you should be so proud!

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Nov 9, 2018

Anonymous

Well done Emma you are inspirational

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Oct 28, 2018

Anonymous

Well done Emma. As always, so proud of you and everything you achieve. X

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Oct 28, 2018

Anonymous

Well done, absolutely amazing work! Rich, Tash, Jack and Issie x

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Oct 26, 2018

Anonymous

Good luck Emma Love Han Neil xx

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Oct 26, 2018

Anonymous

It’s an amazing thing that you are doing! We are proud, as always! Love Mum and Alex xx

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Oct 26, 2018

Lisa

Good Luck Emma, you are tough and I know you will smash this! Have fun and enjoy too x

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Oct 26, 2018

Lesley N

GO EMMA! Good luck to you and your fellow adventurers - big respect (don't much fancy the canoeing and couldn't do repelling at all!). You will gain SO much from this achievement. Keep safe and as warm and dry at you can. See you on the other side!

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Oct 25, 2018

Margaret

Well done Emma, I’ll be with you all in spirit.

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Oct 25, 2018

Alexia

Good luck!! You’re doing an amazing thing.

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