This is my mother's story and why we need your help.
The year I was born (1959) was a very difficult one for my mother. My birth was traumatic, my mother was a petite 5’4", I was a ten-pound, ten-ounce baby. She had a c-section (her third) and woke up to find that she had also had a hysterectomy. She was in the hospital for ten days. She had recently given up her career, she was isolated, far from her family and friends who might have observed the changes in her behavior. All of these events, happening one right after the other, created the perfect storm.
My mother had been a very successful Ford model in the late 1940s through the mid 1950s, best friend and bridesmaid to Grace Kelly. Because she was never treated, her mental health continued to decline. Later in life, she spent years living in a homeless shelter.
The tragedy here is that my mother could’ve been treated and most likely would have recovered. She knew something was wrong and tried to get treatment, but my father prevented her from seeing a psychiatrist of her choosing.
I spoke with one of the leading experts on postpartum psychosis, Dr. Diana Barnes. She said, “As a model, your mother’s whole persona was about femininity and beauty, so this (The hysterectomy) would have been particularly hard for her,” Dr. Barnes pointed out. “She would have felt as if she had lost part of what made her a woman.”
I consulted with my OBGyn “After such a traumatic surgery,” Dr. Grecco explained, “It is highly unlikely that your mother could have escaped some kind of postpartum depression.”
“Your birth was the fork in the road,” Dr. Grecco went on, “the turning point in her life from which she never recovered.” Through no fault of her own.
So without realizing it I’ve been an advocate since I was born. I can’t change the sadness of my mother's life, but I can help others in her name. That is why it is so important to me to help raise awareness for #postpartumpsychosis #PPPAwareness
The Sounds of Silence 5K/10K Run/Walk in Memory and Celebration of Lisa Mary Reilly is an annual event now in its thirteenth year. The goal of this event is to raise awareness for pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety and to raise funds for the essential programs and services of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York.
A special focus of this event is supporting the Lisa Mary Reilly Visioning Educational Series, which is part of Project 62™ – Building and Strengthening Perinatal Mental Wellness Parent Support Networks and Safety Nets in all sixty-two New York State counties.
Now you can be part of this important cause.
Join us in helping to raise funds for the 13th Annual Sounds of Silence Run event. Become a fundraiser in an event that benefits the moms, dads, and families in your community.
Awards for Top Fundraiser and Top Team Fundraiser!
The Sounds of Silence, Friends of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York is a fundraising committee of the PRCNY. All proceeds contributed support the essential programs and services of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc., a 501(c)(3) IRS recognized non-profit organization. Tax ID# 11-3449880.
Any payment by check should be made payable to: Postpartum Resource Center of New York.
Event Co-Chairperson/Race Director