Carmen runs the Flora London Marathon 2009 for the fourth time!

In December 2004 I was thrilled to discover I was pregnant. My husband and I had waited many years for a child. My excitement was short lived when on a Thursday morning I collapsed in extreme pain. We rushed to hospital, where it was confirmed I had an ectopic pregnancy.

After having an ultra sound, I was told I would have to have a laparotomy to remove the ectopic as it had ruptured. I spent several hours in surgery while they tried to control the internal bleeding but still needed a drain to collect any further bleeding. I was in hospital for a week.

The doctors saved my life in hospital, for which I will always be eternally grateful, but there was little information available on ectopic pregnancies in the ward, however, I was given a leaflet about EPT. I was glad to be home, and quickly hit the internet to learn more about ectopic pregnancies and I found all the information on the EPT website. The information and support from the site was so helpful and comforting in my grief. My physical recovery took many weeks and during that time I gained weight because I wasn’t very mobile, so once I was strong enough I took up running to help shift the weight and get fit.

And that is why I am running the London marathon for the 4th time. And again, the 4th time for EPT. I want to help raise the awareness of ectopic pregnancies and to help keep EPT up and running.

Please help me raise money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust to help them in their mission!

This year to help raise money to reach my pledge, I am hoping to sell some calendars. The images use for the calendar are watercolours that have been kindly donated by David Norman, Karin Stay, Dylis Rowlands and Irene Churchman, the artists of Chaul End Centre art class. The calendars are A4 with a single page for each month. Printed on glossy paper with a calendar hanger and all holidays marked.

I am asking for a donation of £5 for each calendar.

Would you like to order some calendars for yourself or as a gift? Please take a look at some of the calendar pages here and find out how to order them

Thank you for your support.