This cause is near and dear to my heart. Those closest to me know the struggle I have personally had with severe postpartum depression following the birth of our son six months ago.
The lack of resources and stigma attached to this diagnosis have been some of the biggest hurdles to overcome. Thanks to the love and support of my friends and family, I have been able to navigate through the difficulties associated with PPD.
What many don’t know is that my struggle throughout this journey has led me to the verge of breaking. Two therapists, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and an inpatient hospitalization later, and while I am feeling much better, each day has still been a struggle.
Navigating the world that treats these disorders has not been easy. Every step of the way there have been road blocks and hoops to jump through.
It is my goal to raise awareness for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders so that women that end up living this reality, might be able to obtain the appropriate care in a timely manor without the stigmatization that is associated with it.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders are the number one pregnancy complication; 1 in 8 women will experience PPD. Yet it is under recognized by doctors and other healthcare professionals. This walk is aimed at “breaking the silence” that surrounds this diagnosis. Taking away some of the associated stigma.
Lastly, I would like to share a poem that I wrote in the midst of the worst of my postpartum depression; which highlights just how disruptive this disorder can be:
An Ode to Motherhood
The period of time immediately following child birth.
Often embraced with the love and awe of a new and unbreakable bond.
Yet I feel nothing, the dark sets in
Like a wet blanket weighing me down.
I can’t catch my breath, I’m struggling to live.
My mind has turned on me, an intrusion to my soul.
I don’t recognize myself and
Can’t find which way is out.
Lost in despair.
The tension builds, the anger blooms.
Rage fills my heart
There is no room for love.
Resentful, for when I had you
I lost me.
A rainstorm of fury.
I feel nothing. The darkness wins.
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