I cannot believe it has been over two weeks since my sweet girls and my amazing husband joined me on a hike. We had a family wedding the weekend of the climb, so I decided we would take advantage of the destination wedding and hike at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo. I believe so deeply in this cause that I enlisted my immediate family’s support to hike with me and for my recovery. This hike was also complicated by the fact that I was one of the soloists for the family wedding. I scheduled our hike early in the morning so that it would not interfere with any of the wedding plans. I struggled for so long, and I saw this hike as a way to continue my healing journey.
I loved walking through the serene bluffs. I felt so many emotions that morning as I saw all the tweets, photos and Facebook messages on my social media feeds: gratitude, admiration, joy, sorrow and triumph. I knew that I was not alone in my hike. I was walking in spirit with warrior moms around the world.
At the wedding, they talked about the bluff being a sacred space. Nature reconnects me to my innermost self. Thank you to my husband for being my rock as I struggled for nearly two years until I finally got the help I needed. Thank you to my sweet girls for showing me unconditional love. To my fellow Warrior Mamas, thank you for reaching out a hand to a mama who was drowning.
I climbed for myself. I climbed for my daughters so that they won’t suffer needlessly. I climbed for several family members who have struggled with postpartum mood disorders. I climbed for my nieces, my cousins and my friends. I climbed to honor all the Warrior mamas past, present and future. I climbed to honor the struggles of two mamas who are still struggling and in memory of their sweet babies who were lost to this deadly disease. I climbed to raise awareness that this is NOT just a women’s health issue. This affects families and our communities.