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Meet Jess, a Tommy's Supporter

Every single participant is taking on this incredible challenge for their own special reasons and many are fundraising for a cause close to their heart. Read Jess' story here.

Myself and my wife Jules have suffered four miscarriages in the past two years. I personally have had three and Jules has had one, all with Jules’ embryos. I have suffered with a chemical pregnancy at five weeks, one missed miscarriage at eight weeks and a ‘full’ miscarriage at six weeks. Jules suffered a miscarriage earlier this year and we found out at our twelve week scan that there was no longer a heartbeat. The sonographer said that our baby measured small at around nine weeks but we had seen her heart beating at a ten week scan so we cannot be sure when she went to sleep.

After my third miscarriage, my wife Jules, looked up what we could do now we had hit the ‘three miscarriages mark’. She came across Tommy’s website and I asked my GP if they could make a referral to Tommy’s. A few weeks later, I had a consultation with one of Tommy’s consultants from St. Mary’s and they arranged for me to have a full miscarriage blood test (lots of vials!) and a womb scan. My results came back and showed that I have two blood clotting disorders and a septate womb. Any one of these three things would have led to my miscarriages.

Although it was hard to learn that I have certain conditions, it has meant that I can now have medication for the blood disorders and there is an answer why I suffered my miscarriages.

Earlier this year, my wife Jules had a miscarriage and Tommy’s have taken her under their wing too. Jules miscarried naturally but was still bleeding and the Tommy’s consultants at St. Mary’s saw her multiple times and in the end arranged her procedure. Following this, they agreed to offer Jules miscarriage blood tests, womb scanning and genetically tested our little girl, Holly. This test showed that Holly went to sleep because she had Down’s Syndrome. Thankfully, Jules’ tests came back negative to all blood disorders so we are planning our third round of IVF for later on in the year. Without Tommy’s, we would have no answers and be completely unsupported.

 

Back in January, when we were in the depths of grief and lost all trust in the world around us, I knew that I had to do something proactive

I needed something good to focus on and that’s when I looked up fundraising for Tommy’s. The work they do is incredible and I wanted to give back in some way. I saw the London Skyscraper Challenge and knew that that’s what I wanted to do. I am petrified of doing this challenge but nothing can be as scary as pregnancy after recurrent miscarriage and I’ve managed that! Bring on the climb!

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