My name is Katy Yates and 8 weeks ago I developed NF as a result of an emergency C Section. I gave birth to my little girl 7 weeks early and little did I know I would spend the first few weeks of her life trying to recover from this horrible disease.
The infection should have been caught a lot sooner and my midwifes ignored my complaints of an infection, the infection which turned into NF and resulted in 3 surgeries, and left me with a 45cm wide x 7 cm deep wound in my tummy. I was in hospital for 3 weeks, and got pumped full of antibiotics and thank goodness it is now gone. I have been fitted with a vac which is doing an amazing job, the wound is getting smaller and smaller but still leaves me struggling with day to day life and looking after my daughter Phoebe. I have to have someone with me most of the time as movement is painful but I am getting there very slowly.
I came across your charity whilst researching NF, and from reading your information, you are all doing the most amazing job. I really want to help and get involved with raising awareness of this horrible disease. I have started my own facebook group to raise awareness, as like most of the people in the group no one had heard of NF. I want to hold fundraising events to help you continue the fantastic work you do trying to educate the medical professionals to diagnose it quickly to save lives.
I wanted to introduce myself, I have a couple of people interested in magazine articles and I am happy to share my experience with anyone, I want to help so no one has to go through what I have been through, I know I have been lucky and I am still here and my injuries are minimal compared to many, but given that I am lucky I feel I need to do something to help others.
Please can you let me know how I go about donating and fundraising for you.
Congratulations on all the work you have done.
Look forward to hearing from you.