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Amy Armstrong

Wild Women Survival Challenge

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My story

[p]Myself and a group of women who have survived a serious pregnancy complication, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), are out to show how tough we really are. 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. After long periods of illness (often having been bed-bound for months) we are getting fit and completing a challenging trek across Snowdonia from the 26th to the 28th October. We will be going from Bethesda to Black Rock Sands using a direct route which will present various obstacles to traverse, so we will not only be hiking but rappelling, river crossing, kayaking and we 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. Many women see HG as a survival challenge with similar obstacles such as malnutrition, dehydration and profound loneliness and isolation. 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]I suffered with HG for the whole of my pregnancy and it was the hardest thing I have ever had to get through but Luna was worth it in the end. I had never heard of HG until I was diagnosed. Many people are unaware of it and how serious it can be. Many women endure unnecessary suffering and the quality of care varies. I went to see one doctor before I was diagnosed, I was desperate for help and told him I was vomiting over 80 times a day, he responded with "nausea is very common in pregnancy". Those words felt like a death sentence. I wanted my baby more than anything else in the world but I did start to think about having an abortion because I honestly didn't know if I would survive the pregnancy. Many women end up having abortions because they have not received the proper care. I ended up in A&E shortly after due to being severely dehydrated and then I was diagnosed with HG. I was put in touch with Pregnancy Sickness Support who were a huge help and I was allocated a peer supporter. HG meant I was unable to enjoy any of my pregnancy and left me feeling isolated. The nausea was intense and never went away, the vomiting and retching was violent and painful. Even with all the medication I was taking I would still have good and bad days. Without the medication the vomiting would have been 24/7, a good day was when I only vomited about 5-10 times a day. I lost count of the amount of times I ended up in hospital needing IV fluids and IV medication. I also had a severe rare allergic reaction to one of the anti-sickness medications which nearly killed myself and Luna. I lost weight during my pregnancy and my muscles wasted. HG also has a huge impact on families. My husband became my carer for 9 months as I was unable to look after myself and watching a loved one suffer for so long is horrible. I'm still trying to come to terms with having HG and I'm still recovering but hopefully by taking on this challenge for Pregnancy Sickness Support it can help women suffering with HG and create more awareness. [/p][p]It has now been shown that there is a genetic link and I don't want Luna to suffer like I did if she has children one day.[/p][p]Pregnancy Sickness Support is a registered UK charity working to improve care, treatment and support for women suffering from Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (NVP) and the severe form of the condition; Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). They are a small charity and rely heavily on donations and fund-raising from sufferers and the work of volunteers. Even the smallest donation will make a huge difference to the women who are suffering and for women in the future.[/p][p]Thank you for your donation, any amount will be a massive help. It's going to be a big challenge.[/p][p][br][/p]

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31-Oct-2018

Anonymous

£46.12 plus £11.53 Gift Aid

30-Oct-2018

Maggie Hughes

Well done, hope you’re relaxing in a warm bubble bath.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

30-Oct-2018

Luke

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

29-Oct-2018

Emma

Well done. You are an amazing woman!

£5.00

28-Oct-2018

Natasha

Your amazing Amy! You go girl make Luna proud

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

27-Oct-2018

Auntie Karen and Uncle Rob

Go for it Amy! xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

27-Oct-2018

Petey

Hope it's going well Amy, super achievement and cause!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

26-Oct-2018

Kate Evans

You are amazing! Wishing you all the luck in the world.

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

26-Oct-2018

Neale

Well done Amy, good luck with it all.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

26-Oct-2018

Anonymous

Good luck it looks cold! Rachel, Shaun, Archie and Harry x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid