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Wild Women

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Team story

[p]Pregnancy is supposed to be a happy and exciting time in a woman’s life yet for many women it’s pretty much the exact opposite. Caitlin suffered from a pregnancy condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). Although characterised by nausea and vomiting, which we all know to be a normal part of pregnancy known as “morning sickness”, HG is a million miles from morning sickness. [/p][p]Caitlin says [i]"for me, HG meant vomiting almost continuously for months on end and an intense, mind crippling nausea every waking moment for the entire duration of the pregnancy. The condition left me severely malnourished, dehydrated and with a host of other symptoms and complications. It robbed me of my dignity and left me humiliated and begging for help which was frequently denied as I was told to pull myself together and try ginger because there is a huge stigma surrounding the condition and a tenacious belief in wider society that it’s just some women not coping with morning sickness. Yet I was one of the lucky ones, I was given some medication and was occasionally rehydrated and I had support from my husband. I was able to survive." [/i][/p][p]Many women are not so lucky and face heart breaking decision or dangerous complications in the face of diabolical abuses of their basic human right to dignity, autonomy, equality and safe medical treatment. Prior to the invention of IV fluids and modern anti-sickness medication HG was the leading cause of death in early pregnancy and just 100 years ago Caitlin wouldn't have survived. Deaths are rare now but the suffering has not reduced, many women struggle to access care and treatment and are accused of self-inflicting their symptoms or not wanting their baby. [/p][p]Caitlin did survive and so did her 3 babies but the lasting effects of HG still linger. Caitlin explains [i]"my body was left decimated by 27 months bedbound and starving and I tore a stomach muscle which has resulted in chronic back pain and poor core strength. But the time has come to fix the damage and get fit, and I’m going to have to get really, really fit for what lies ahead… "[/i][/p][p]Lorraine however didn't suffer with HG herself: "I have been a Beauty Therapist for 25 years and have been teaching Beauty Therapy for 20 years. I have 3 sons and although I never suffered with Hyperemesis Gravidarum I can appreciate the level of suffering that women endure. I feel at Pregnancy Sickness Support is so important ensuring women receive the support and information they need as well as raising awareness and educating the public and health care professionals so this condition can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible in the pregnancy reducing the impact on the sufferer and her family.[/p][p][i]This is going to be an amazing challenge for me not just physically but emotionally too. I enjoy camping and being outdoors and although I am looking forward to the physical challenge the biggest challenge for me will be out in the wilderness with no contact with my family."[/i][/p][p]The 5 day challenge will see them ascending gorges through thick vegetation reaching 600 meters in elevation, crossing waterways, navigating, abseiling and wild camping, right when hungry bears are emerging from hibernation![/p][p]They are raising money for both Pregnancy Sickness Support, who offer information and support to women with HG and also for Birthrights who are working to protect women’s fundamental human rights through pregnancy and childbirth. [/p][p][b]About Pregnancy Sickness Support[/b][/p][p][url=http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/]Pregnancy Sickness Support[/url] (PSS) is the only national charity supporting women with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) and Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). It provides a telephone helpline and an [url=http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/online-support-forum/]online forum[/url] as well as a national [url=http://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/help/supporters-network/]peer support network[/url] for sufferers to access. It also educates and supports healthcare professionals treating the condition and is actively involved in research and service development.[/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][b]About Birthrights[/b][/p][p][url=http://www.birthrights.org.uk/]Birthrights[/url] is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. They believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and equality. The charity aspires to advance the human rights and lawful treatment of all child-bearing women through:[/p][p]· Provision of free, accurate and accessible legal information and advice on human rights and the law relating to childbearing women.[/p][p]· Campaigning on respect for women’s rights in childbirth as fundamental human rights that maternity-service providers are legally obliged to respect and fulfil.[/p][p]· Offering advice, assistance and training to caregivers, professional or otherwise.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

30 Jun 2019

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May 16, 2019

Ellen

Hope you manage to have fun as well as achieve a great goal,

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 13, 2019

Sylvia Harrington

Good luck xx

£20.00

May 12, 2019

The Dustows

Well done Lorraine and Caitlin! You two will smash this! Good Luck xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 11, 2019

Jacqui

Good luck Love from us all Jacqui, Adrian, Sam & Jack xxxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Jo Williams

Lorraine, I am in awe, what a challenge. Good luck xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 17, 2019

Amy

Good Luck ladies, sure you’ll smash it xxx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 17, 2019

The Morley’s

The scariest moment is always just before you start - Stephen King After that you’ll be awesome xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 17, 2019

Beth

Good luck ladies. Tough challenge for a fabulous cause, but I’m sure you’ll smash it! x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 17, 2019

Toni

Good Luck Dude xo

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 17, 2019

Anonymous

£20.00

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