June 14, 2016
After giving birth to my first child 7 years ago, I found myself in a very poor mental state. My doctor asked me if I was more sad than I should be. I wasn't sad. I was anxious. So anxious, I ended up trapped in my own home. A family walk down the street of our quiet sidewalk lined neighborhood had me imagining cars flying off the road and hitting us at every turn. I was too terrified to admit I was struggling and too terrified to ask for help. I had a friend who was a fellow survivor who directed me to Postpartum Progress for more information. I learned what was going on with me and learned that I wasn't alone. I started healing.
I struggled with depression and anxiety after each of my children - 4 in all. Each time, recovery was easier. I had tools. I had support.
I am leading this climb for several reasons:
* to bring awareness to the community about postpartum mood disorders
* to equip health care providers with better screening tools
* to raise funds so that Postpartum Progress can continue the amazing work it is doing (including providing tools and resources for free).