In the summer of this year my husband James and I found out that I was pregnant. We could not have been more ecstatic to find out the news. After many years of fertility treatment, and two incredibly devastating miscarriages last year, the news was beyond incredible.
A few weeks later, I started experiencing bleeding and had a shooting pain in my right side. I knew something wasn’t right and called my GP (general practitioner/doctor) immediately. I was greeted by a receptionist who didn’t believe my call was an emergency, and a GP who felt my concerns of ectopic pregnancy did not need immediate action and wanted me to call back in two days if my symptoms continued.
When explaining my concerns to my family, luckily they booked me in for a private scan. I was not even aware these scans were available. When receiving my private scan, we got the devastating news that our baby was growing in the wrong place and needed to be rushed to hospital immediately as my situation could be life threatening. On arrival at the hospital I was told I needed emergency surgery to remove our baby, right Fallopian tube and was told I was already bleeding internally.
I continue to heal physically after my surgery, but emotionally for James and I this will take more time after such a loss.
I decided to take part in a bungee jump to raise money for The EPT as I wanted to turn something so negative into a positive experience, and to raise money but also to raise awareness of ectopic pregnancy.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust gives so much useful information to woman and healthcare professionals to detect ectopic pregnancy early, and after my experience raising awareness of ectopic pregnancies is so very important.
With the support James and I have received, we realise we are not alone with how we are feeling, and The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust continue to help us heal.
My GP practice have reflected on my situation and how they dealt with me. They agree a-lot more awareness needs to be made regarding ectopic pregnancy.
The bungee jump day was just amazing. Scary, but incredible!
We had so much support from family and friends all cheering me on. Family and Friends also came together for a pizza party afterwards.
To have raised so much money for such an incredible charity to continue to carry out their amazing work, really makes us beam with pride.
It was such an incredibly special and happy day. A day we will never forget.
Thank you so much to Nicola for her amazing support and being our first bungee jumper raising much needed funds and awareness. If you feel inspired and want to raise funds and awareness for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, please visit our fundraising page. You can also email our Fundraising Co-ordinator Jill who will be very happy to help and guide you: Jill@ectopic.org.uk.