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Journey into the world of hyperemesis gravidarum...
20Mar 14

Blowing my own trumpet; A plea for your support

I mentioned in my last post I'm not eligible for the MAD Award category of Best Pregnancy Blog because I haven't been pregnant in the last twelve months.

Thank goodness as if I had I wouldn't have been able to raise so much awareness about hyperemesis gravidarum. I wouldn't have been able to wizz up to Manchester from Cornwall to appear on BBC Breakfast News to talk about the condition, I wouldn't have been able to write articles for numerous magazines, health care journals and blogs. I wouldn't have been able to give radio interviews or talked at the Healthcare Professional Conference I helped organise or host the volunteer conference last summer. I wouldn't have been able to grow the support network for sufferers and increased the social media presence of hyperemesis gravidarum on numerous feeds and blogs. I wouldn't have been able to raise thousands of pounds for the charity supporting the condition or been able to attend the Royal College of Midwives conference to raise awareness. I wouldn't have been able to support all the women I have personally supported through their pregnancies or written care plans for them. I would not have been able to travel to America to discuss international collaboration and providing worldwide support with other organisations. 

But most of all I would not have been able to maintain or write this blog. I did start it during my pregnancy but as followers from the start will remember, posts were few and far between as I was too sick to type. I have only been able to blog because I am not pregnant!

I am now writing a book about the condition which will be published later this year. I hope this book will really make a profound difference to women in the UK suffering with hyperemesis and in fact any degree of bad pregnancy sickness.

Nominations for “Outstanding Contribution” are still open until tomorrow night (21st March) and if you feel that my blog fits this category then I'd really appreciate your nomination, even if you nominated me for the pregnancy category they have said you can redo for this one. It's not for me personally... none of it is (believe me I have plenty more I could be doing with my time, like playing with my three kids), it's all for the sufferers... 

Nominating just takes a moment and you can do it by clicking here. Thank you.

 

Caitlin Dean at Radio 5 Live in Manchester raising awareness of Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Me at the 5 live and BBC Breakfast Studio in Manchester this time last year... NOT PREGNANT!

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Comments

What amazing work your doing raising awareness of a much ignored and misunderstood illness! As a sufferer twice I salute you thank you and well done.
Danielle, 20th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Ah thanks... it's kind of like some crazy mission I'm on. Please share as much as possible to raise more awareness. 

What amazing work your doing raising awareness of a much ignored and misunderstood illness! As a sufferer twice I salute you thank you and well done.
Danielle, 20th March 2014

Thank you so much for educating the world about this debilitating and often times devastating disease!
Nora Farra, 21st March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

You're very welcome! My family used to take the mickey out of the fact I have a "loud voice"... I'm quite grateful for it nowadays! :)

Congratulations on making it to the final. Its great to find new blogs too. I had the sickness with the girls and was on injections which worked sometimes. It made me consider not getting pregnant again too.
Emma, 27th March 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Thanks for the comment. I'm so honoured to have got through to the finals, I can't quite believe it! Sorry to hear you suffered too, sadly an awful lot of women have their families limited by hyperemesis :( x

Congratulations on being a MADS finalist and for highlighting this condition. See you for a large group hug on the night. Hayley
Downs Side Up, 1st April 2014

Spewing Mummy replies...

Hi Hayley, congrats to you too! I'm just heading over to your blog to comment... 

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About Me

I am mother of three beautiful children and wife to a fantastic and supportive husband. I am a nurse, a farmer and a trustee for Pregnancy Sickness Support. I love working hard and spending time with my kids.

About this blog

Information and support for pregnancy sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum. Views are my own and do not represent those of any other organisation. Information provided here should not be a substitute for medical advice. My aim is to raise awareness and encourage sufferers to know they are not alone.

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MAD Blog Awards UK 2015

 

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