How many women do you know? One in seven women get a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder like postpartum depression. Do you know seven women? Which one of them is silently struggling? How many women in your life are silently struggling? Afraid or ashamed or unable to reach out or ask for help?
And it's not just mamas. Papas suffer, too.
Break the silence. Talk about it. Ask for help. Join the fight to climb out of the darkness.
Every June, on or around the day of the year with the most light, we go out and climb... something. Anything. We climb to honor each step we've taken and each step we're taking out of the darkness.
Every May, when registration comes around, I hope the next year I'll be able to just check the "survivor" box, not the "still struggling" one. Truth is, depression, anxiety and ptsd are unpredictable, especially as a new parent. I'm still working weekly with an amazing therapist and with an amazing community and village supporting me and my boys, but some days are still just really hard.
I said it last year, and it was true then, but unfortunately that truth has changed again: THIS past year has been the hardest year of my life by far. Adjusting to a diagnosis of an incurable degenerative muscular disorder for both of my children, single parenting through the last year of grad school, a divorce in process, PoC continually murdered because of the color of their skin, the disastrous ramifications of the dismantling of our democracy... Trust me, there has been plenty of darkness this year.
But I am still climbing. Until my last breath, I will ALWAYS be climbing. For my children, for my future, for myself. I am, and forever will be a work in progress. I'm not ashamed of who I am. My sadness is a part of my story.
This year I'm hoping to raise $365, one dollar for every day I've struggled with post-partum depression and ptsd this past year. Help me help raise awareness about perinatal mood & anxiety disorders. Climb with me?
For more info about Postpartum Progress, their mission and the amazing work they do, visit: http://postpartumprogress.org/about/mission/