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Kerry Smith

Scafell Pike Climb

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My story

[p]I'm Kerry Smith, Cake Artist and owner of The Berkshire Bakesmith, living and working in Winnersh, Berkshire. On 28th May 2019, I will be climbing Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England standing at 978m and I am fundraising valuable funds for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, a charity extremely close to my heart. I will be completing the challenge with my best friend Rachael, who was also my main supporter at the time of my own ectopic experience, my eldest son and Rachael's son and my step-dad will be leading the way.[/p][p]If you're not sure what an ectopic pregnancy is, it's a life threatening and potentially fatal condition that affects 1 in 80 women during pregnancy whereby the pregnancy grows outside of the womb.[/p][p]Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones and survived, but only just. Here's my story and why I've chosen to raise funds for this charity. Before reading, please note that my story may trigger your own feelings in respect of pregnancy loss[/p][p]My Story[/p][p]In 2006, 6 weeks into my first pregnancy I experienced bleeding and some cramping pains in my lower abdomen and thigh and was told by doctors that I was experiencing a miscarriage. I was absolutely devastated. The doctors monitored me and 7 days after the miscarriage began, they ran a pregnancy test to check my hormone levels. 3 days later, the result came back and showed very strongly that I was still pregnant. I was very confused, I had started to process that I was miscarrying and had started to grieve. I wondered if maybe I was pregnant still and they had got it all wrong! I did a google search and the words ectopic pregnancy were written in the results. I'd never heard of this before but thought, this can't be what's happening to me, I had none of the warning symptoms, no shoulder tip pain, just mild discomfort really and obviously bleeding. Terrified, I called the doctor and he sent me to A&E. I was kept in for two nights for observations and various tests were run on me, there was nothing on the scans or in any of my blood results that indicated I was experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. I was sent home after the second night, with instructions to come back in the next day for monitoring. The next day, I was still feeling relatively well physically but mentally I was completely tortured. I was scared, I was confused, I was grieving, but I was also living in hope that somehow this pregnancy was actually going to be okay. On this day, Mr Ross a consultant at The QEQM Hospital in Margate (I lived in Kent at the time) saved my life. He requested a scan and was present throughout. He stopped the scan at an area that had previously been unseen and immediately I could sense everyone around me panic. The pregnancy had ruptured through one of my fallopian tubes and I was bleeding internally. I had been bleeding internally for 2 weeks by now. Emergency surgery happened pretty much immediately and to be honest, it's all a bit of a blur from here but I was so scared, my heart was beating through my chest and I cried, a lot. During the surgery, the ectopic pregnancy was removed, the ruptured fallopian tube was removed and some damage had been done to one of my ovaries. I had lost a lot of blood and needed a blood transfusion. I knew my chances of having a child were now pretty slim. I didn't process any of this mentally at all for a long time, I concentrated on getting physically well. I was offered no emotional support whatsoever by health professionals. My work at the time offered counselling and I had a few sessions which did help a bit. A lot of people stopped talking to me altogether because they didn't know what to say, and in all honestly, I would have preferred them to say something, even the wrong thing, rather than to say nothing at all. I relied heavily on my friends for support and one evening during a Google search, I discovered The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. They had support forums and so much information, this was a massive lifeline for me and without them, without the other people in those forums, I honestly don't know how I would have coped.[/p][p]After this brush with death, losing a baby and almost losing my mental health, more miscarriages and trauma, I have been extremely blessed to have two beautiful and healthy little boys. [/p][p]I'm one of the lucky ones. I don't know how I did, but I survived and I'm determined every day to live my best life, raising my boys with my wonderful husband by my side. I'm raising money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust because women just like me need them for support. Health professionals need to know how this affects people, and that it's not always a textbook case. I want to raise awareness of this horrific condition, it happens more than you expect because sadly, it's still to this day a taboo subject and the only time it makes the news is when a mother dies as a result of it. [/p][p]Thank you for reading and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. Any donations no matter how small and any sharing of the story and donation page will help raise awareness and vital funds for this important charity.[/p][p]Kerry[/p][p] [/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

28 May 2019

Supporters

Jul 4, 2019

Betsie

Happy to donate to get you to target. I had a ruptured eptopic 7 years ago today.

£35.00 plus £8.75 Gift Aid

Jun 5, 2019

Anonymous

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 28, 2019

Dave & Rachel

Good work Kerry!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 28, 2019

Jo Norman

Well done Kerry. Such a great cause xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 28, 2019

Tim

Good luck

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 28, 2019

Nikki

Good luck

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 26, 2019

Stacey Kremer

Great cause! Good Luck and Enjoy xxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 24, 2019

Lorraine Jones

Its a long way to climb but I am sure you will make it!

£15.00

May 21, 2019

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 17, 2019

Maggie Smith

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid