Hi new friend, I am so glad that you found my blog. I know why you are here. You want to know if you will ever get better. Right now you feel like it never will. You feel like the hours blur into days into weeks into months. Know this: just making it through the day when you are struggling with a postpartum mood disorder is the stuff that heroes are made of. You are a wonderful mom. You are exactly the mom that your child needs. Fight for yourself, your child(ren), your spouse or significant other, and your family. You can do this. I am here for you. I am listening. A community is ready to shower you with love, encouragement and support. A mom needs a village to support her on her journey as a parent. Let me and let this amazing community be your guides. Lean on us while you climb back out into the world again.
Look at my picture and see my triumphant smile. I am squinting a bit because I was facing the sun. I am back in the world. I climb for myself, for you, for my daughters, for my nieces, for my fellow Warrior moms past, present and future. I climb in honor of Dana and Nora. I climb in memory of Hailey and Leo. I climb so that all mamas will realize that we are none of us alone. As a Warrior Mom, we do not leave a mama behind. Know this: you are not alone, you will get better, and there is help and treatment available. My husband, my daughters and I are climbing tomorrow as part of Postpartum Progress’s Climb Out of the Darkness to honor my three-year recovery from postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety and to support all of my warrior moms around the world who are currently struggling.
E-mail me if you do not know where to start to get help. Postpartum Progress has a private forum where you can find hope, support and encouragement. The amazing twitter chat run by Lauren Hale also has a private Facebook group where support, hope and encouragement is also given. Please remember this: never give hope, never.