BENEFITING: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS
EVENT DATE: Jun 20, 2015
This portrait hangs in the entryway of our home, because it exemplifies the joy of our family and reminds me hope exists even in the darkest days.
Three years ago we had our family pictures taken (including my profile picture with R). Those pictures haunt me, because I was dead inside. I wasn’t myself and knew it. I spent the year living what seemed like an out of body experience peering in on a woman who was a stranger that was raising my family, doing my job, living my life. I was in therapy. I was taking medication. I was exercising. I was using my support system. I was doing everything I could to get healthy and be the mom I knew I could be. Some days it all came together and I made steps forward. Other days I found myself consumed with fear and sobbing uncontrollably wondering if I would ever reclaim my life.
For my friends here who are in the midst of their struggle, let me be your proof that there are better days ahead. Hold out hope.
Postpartum Progress’ Climb Out of the Darkness™ is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, postpartum bipolar disorder, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Climb Out is held on or near the longest day of the year annually to help shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event features mothers and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery. Funds raised support the 501c3 organization Postpartum Progress (http://postpartumprogress.org)
The Milwaukee Mamas & Friends Climb will take place on Saturday, June 20th. Time and location are TBD. Stay tuned for more details!
Note about fundraising: It's not mandatory, but highly encouraged! Money you raise/donate will go to Postpartum Progress and all the amazing work they do to help moms and families affected by PPD and related illnesses. If you raise $100 or more you will receive a Climb Out of the Darkness™ t-shirt to wear at the Climb!