Those of you who have followed my blog from day one, or those who have looked back through the archive to my first post will see that the first link I made in this blog was to the HER Foundation website, www.helpher.org That's because before the relaunch of the PSS website our UK charity had very little web presence and I had suffered through two HG pregnancies without knowledge of any support in the UK at all, despite the fact that both organisations were launched around the same time, 10 years ago!
During my first two pregnancies the help, support and information I got from the HER website was crucial, it got me through them, and ultimately it was via a link on their website that I eventually got in touch with Dr Gadsby at Pregnancy Sickness Support and was able to have my third pregnancy.
Over the last few months I have been in touch with the HER Foundation regarding international collaboration and a burgeoning friendship is developing between myself and Ann Marie, one of the co-founders of the HER Foundation. I am in awe of the work they have done over the last 10 years and am so thankful for their presence during my pregnancies... they have been my inspiration for the work I have done with PSS. Back at the early meetings with the web designers and developers it was the HelpHer website which I kept referring back to as a model of what we wanted to achieve.
That is why I am so MAJORLY excited that I'm about to jet over to Washington to meet Ann Marie King and her husband (also a co-founder) Jeremy!!!
On Thursday I'll be heading to Heathrow for a flight on Friday morning; it's a whirlwind visit of just 3 days before my flight back on Monday evening. I'll be tweeting and facebooking en route and will blog after about the trip. Sad as I am... one of the things I'm really excited about is having a total of 8 hours on a train and 16 hours on a plane in which to work... I'm putting together training and presentations for our supporters conference on 6th July as well as working on various policies and guidelines which will strengthen and develop our incredible supporters network and I can start the analysis of our recent survey data too!
If you want to follow my trip on facebook you can like our PSS page: https://www.facebook.com/PregnancySicknessSupport
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or follow PSS on twitter: @HGSupportUK or the HER Foundation: @HGmoms