Many of you know that I am a co-facilitator for the H.O.P.E. (Hold On Postpartum Ends) group at the Carlisle Women's Center. But only a select few of you ever knew that I personally suffered with postpartum OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). All I ever dreamed of and hoped for was to become a mom. I was granted that wish in 2008. My daughter came into the world and my life had changed in every aspect imaginable. I knew to expect certain things, loss of sleep for example. But never did I expect to see such horrible, vivid images in my mind. Images that were unrelenting, dark, and daunting. I felt as though I couldn't tell anyone about my "bad" thoughts. What if "they" thought I was crazy or worse yet, a danger to my daughter? I'm here to tell you that fear is a liar! I was sure no one would understand what I was thinking or even worse, if I said the thoughts out loud, they'd take my child. I went to the local mom and baby groups afraid to speak about the thoughts I was having. Everyone else seemed to have their life together. We only discussed topics like sleep habits, milestones, and the ever popular baby poop. I was freaking out inside. Could they tell? No, I was great at "faking it to make it." The H.O.P.E. group was created to walk with women through this dark and anxiety inducing time. If you're silently suffering, speak up, it's YOUR time to CLIMB!
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