A massive thank you to both Michaela and Conor who both smashed their times in the Swindon Half Marathon. Conor joined in supporting Michaela on the day saying how brilliant it was even getting himself a PB despite the rain hammering down. Conor in supporting Michaela said how amazing she was and she absolutely smashed it and how so very proud of her he was. A sentiment we totally echo.
Michaela after experiencing her ectopic only 2 months ago has tirelessly raised awareness and funds by taking part in a radio interview with Heart Wiltshire, appearing in the local paper, creating a Instagram story and was even interviewed on the finish line. She ran the whole race and finished in an amazing time of 2 hours and 13 minutes. As you will see from her photos she made sure everyone saw her and did a gopro of the race so we look forward to seeing her short film.
On 30th June 2017, I woke up feeling rubbish and under the weather. For the last five weeks, my period which started on time hadn’t stopped, I had been having problems with my digestion, and I had had worsening abdominal pains. As I was in the process of moving house, I put it all down to stress, and ignored any encouragement from my friend and my husband to see a doctor.
I woke up on this particular day feeling nauseous, and I had a pain in my right side. I could point to the spot where it originated from, and it radiated down my right leg into my right knee. I had a day out planned with my sister and my grandfather which I had been looking forward to after completing the week-long move into our new house the day before, and I didn’t want to cancel. So off we went.
As the day went on, I felt worse and worse and was desperate to go home to bed. My sister took me home, and as I climbed into bed I called NHS 111 to just run the symptoms past them, and find out whether I could just wait until I registered with my new GP. The call handler told me to go to Swindon’s Urgent Care Centre at GW Hospital within two hours.
I texted my husband, told him where I was going, and told him I’d keep him posted. He got into a taxi and beat me to the hospital.
During my triage assessment, the nurse asked me if I could be pregnant. I told him that I had been bleeding for five weeks, so there wasn’t a chance. He did the test anyway, called us back into his room and I saw the positive test on his desk before he could tell me what it said.
My husband and I very quickly went through the excitement of being pregnant, to the worry that came with knowing that something was wrong. As we went back into the waiting room, I told him this wouldn’t end well.
I was sent to the Early Pregnancy Unit in the hospital where I was scanned that evening. The Doctor could not see a pregnancy in my womb, and insisted that I was admitted overnight. I asked if I could go home instead, and come back when they wanted me, but he refused.
I spent my first night ever in hospital, and then woke up the next morning to be scanned again by a different Doctor. Within seconds, she found a 3.5cm pregnancy growth in my right fallopian tube and I was taken straight into surgery for a Laparoscopic Salpingectomy (key-hole surgery to remove my right fallopian tube).
I cannot fault the care that the GW Hospital gave me, but when I was discharged, I was given absolutely no information about how long I should expect my recovery to take, and what our future chances for a family looked like. I had a lot of questions, and no-one to ask.
My parents had seen a poster for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust in the waiting area at the hospital while I was in surgery, and when I got home they sent me the website. I went straight onto it, and very quickly found a whole wealth of information that answered the questions that I had. Anytime that I thought about another question, I went to the website and found the answer.
The Ecoptic Pregnancy Trust isn’t just a website of information. They provide a direct contact service for couples who are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, through email, telephone and Skype. They also host online forums for families to communicate with other families who have had similar experiences.
I have never ran a half marathon before, but I signed up for the New Swindon Half on the day that entries opened months ago. It is something I have wanted to do for a couple of years. When this happened, I was devastated at the thought that I might not be able to take part. I contacted the organisers of the event, explained my story, and asked if I could take part if I had to walk it. They were incredibly supportive, and told me that even if I had to walk the whole thing, I was welcome to take part.
When I signed up for the event, I did so because I wanted the achievement of running 13.1 miles non-stop. Now, I want to take part for two different reasons.
The first reason I am taking part is to use the opportunity to raise awareness of ectopic pregnancies, and the symptoms of them. I ignored all of the classic symptoms for so long, that by the time I got to hospital my life was in serious danger. I was lucky. Also, had I acknowledged the symptoms earlier, my right fallopian tube could possibly have been saved.
The second reason I am taking part is to raise awareness of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and the support that they provide to families who have suffered the condition, and to raise money for them to be able to continue their incredible work.
Michaela even managed to film herself as she ran the half marathon and has make a fantastic video