Katie, Clara's mum, says ....
30 weeks into my pregnancy with my second child I was informed in a phone call that I had contracted CMV in pregnancy. I wasn't given any more information and so I googled, and what I found terrified me. We were referred to foetal medicine but, in the interim, which was only 5 days but felt like 5 years, I turned to CMV Action for support. I was lucky to be put in contact with a number of supportive people who really helped me, especially Rebecca Blinkhorn. The support of the charity (and Rebecca in particular) kept me sane as we went through extra scans and weeks of uncertainty.
When Clara was born, it was confirmed that she had congenital CMV but appeared asymptomatic. When she was hours old and I was being told not to breastfeed her, CMV Action provided me with information showing that it was in fact safe. As Clara has grown, I have sought advice from CMV Action about her development and her prognosis. So far Clara appears to be well but we continue to meet with her paediatrician and she has regular hearing tests. So many people have never heard of CMV but I was shocked to discover that it is so common. I am so grateful to the charity, and I really believe that educating people about CMV should be more of a priority.
To say thank you to CMV Action, I am aiming to raise £1000 for them in 2017. As part of this, a team of six of my colleagues, including myself, will be running a 10K race in June. We are seeking to raise £300 towards my £1000 target using the following page....'