I've always wanted to be a Momma. On June 11th, 2011, this dream became a reality. Being a Momma to my little man has allowed me to feel an explosion of adoration. My little man makes my life happier each and every day. He truly is my bright light, whom I will do anything and everything for.
Being a Mother has taught me how to love with my entire being. But it has also tested my need to control and my need to be the best I can be; at any cost. It has also been a time that I have faced feeling a heart-breaking cloud, that without support, such as from Postpartum Progress, I could not lift.
I never, ever, want another Momma to suffer in fear, in silence. In self-hatred.
Whether or not their mental health challenges were there before they become a Mother, or appeared afterwards with all the biological, neurological, and physiological changes that take place.
It simply doesn't matter.
I just never want another Mother to feel that they are alone in this.
It's been years since I have participated in any type of activity where I request donations. This is my own hard, personal fight; please join me in helping all the Mommas out there by letting them know that it's okay. That they are NOT alone, that they are NOT "bad" mothers. That we love and support them. And that there is excellent, research-based support and great help available.
Only, if you know how, and where, to ask.
And, I need them to all know, that they WILL feel better.
In love and light,
POSTPARTUM PROGRESS INC wrote -
Join women across the world to raise money for Postpartum Progress, which raises awareness and provides support to women as they recover from postpartum depression and other associated mood and anxiety disorders. On June 21st, the longest day of the year, we will raise money by climbing a mountain or hiking a trail near our homes to represent our symbolic rise out of the darkness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders into the light of hope and recovery.
It doesn't matter where in the world you live. It doesn't matter exactly which day you climb or hike. It doesn't matter if it's an easy walk or the most strenuous climb. Be part of this event. Get out there with family or friends or even on your own, in the glorious sunshine, and be a part of Climb Out of the Darkness.
The longest day. Sunshine. Nature. Exercise. Triumph.
Join us for Climb Out of the Darkness.
Where will the donated funds go?
Postpartum Progress Inc. plans to specifically use this money for two purposes: One is to create an infographic that correctly represents the prevalence of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as its impact on society for use with the media and to raise awareness. The second is for an informational sheet for moms that would be available in doctor’s offices about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and getting help. It can be used anywhere in the world but this first version will be in English — if we raise enough money we will do French and Spanish as well. Since most of the brochures and things handed out to moms, in a word, suck, we’re going to do a kickass version.