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BENEFITING: POSTPARTUM PROGRESS

ORGANIZER: Emily

EVENT: Climb Out of the Darkness 2014

EVENT DATE: Jun 21, 2014

Meagan Fazio

THE STORY:

<!--StartFragment-->This June, I will be "Climbing Out of the Darkness" to raise money for Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit focused on supporting pregnant and new moms with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The hiking will be the easy part. I already lived through the hard part while suffering severe postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of my son last spring.

I had never heard of postpartum anxiety and the only thing I really knew about postpartum depression was that "you don't bond with your baby." I fortunately did not have that symptom. Instead, I had weeks of crippling anxiety and panic attacks, as well as depression that was so debilitating my mother had to move in with us to help take care of me. I knew something was seriously wrong, but I didn't know what.

I visited several doctors, tried different medications, had unlimited support from my husband and family, and an amazing baby boy who I had wanted for years. But nothing helped. Finally, I was admitted to the Day Hospital at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I. For nine days, my son and I spent about six hours each day at the hospital with other mothers and babies. When I went to the hospital, I was hopeless about the future and barely able to care for myself. When I left, I was looking forward to the rest of my life with my baby and was confident I was the best mother I could be. I still am.

Although postpartum mood disorders are the most common complications of childbirth, they are often misunderstood and stigmatized. Postpartum Progress provides educational materials to obstetrician and pediatrician offices, offers programs like a blog and a private support forum for struggling moms, and advocates for better support, less stigma and increased services for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Don't be afraid to admit something isn't right. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Don't be afraid to fight if that help is not enough. It will be difficult, but I promise that you and your baby are worth it.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,311

MONEY RAISED
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  • David Isgur and Nancy Lilliquyist

     

  • Caroline & Clara

    $25

  • Dylan Keyo

     

  • Campbell family

    $25

  • Tara Zimmerman

     

  • Mom and Dad

     

  • The Doucette's

    $25

  • The Murrays

     

  • Eli, Meera, Grey, and Lilia (and Maeby)

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Nicole L.A.

     

  • Meagan Fazio

     

  • Toni Robinson

    $50

  • Julia

    $50

  • Chitra, Brendan, and Naveen

    $50

  • Kathleen

     

  • Allison, Brian and Emma

     

  • Liam, Shana, Liam, and Lennox

     

  • Jeff, Adrianne, Taylor & Alex

     

  • Ben, Maria & Zoey Fisher

    $50

  • Grammy

    $20

  • A.J.G

    $20

  • John Barry Ryan

    $15

  • Jim Fazio

    $100

  • Barbara Steinberger

    $50

  • Kari, Paul, Thomas & Rosie Bonaro

     

  • John McCarthy

    $50

  • Helen + Colin

    $10

  • Jason Fazio

    $50

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131% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $1,936 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Meagan Fazio

Amount Raised

$1,311

 

131% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Emily Courtney

Amount Raised

$360

 

180% Raised of $200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lori Bradshaw

Amount Raised

$240

 

80% Raised of $300 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Hilary Crane

Amount Raised

$25

Fundraiser Title

Magdalena Miranda

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Jason Fazio

Jason Fazio

DONATION: $50

Meagan, I was quite moved by the recent news story. It takes great courage to go public with such a personal condition in an effort to benefit new mothers who share your plight. I'm proud of you. -J 4 years ago

Helen + Colin

Helen + Colin

DONATION: $10

Proud of you Meagan. 4 years ago

John McCarthy

John McCarthy

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Kari, Paul, Thomas & Rosie Bonaro

Kari, Paul, Thomas & Rosie Bonaro

4 years ago

Barbara Steinberger

Barbara Steinberger

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Jim Fazio

Jim Fazio

DONATION: $100

Good for you Meagan! We are very poud of you! 4 years ago

John Barry Ryan

John Barry Ryan

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

A.J.G

A.J.G

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Grammy

Grammy

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Ben, Maria & Zoey Fisher

Ben, Maria & Zoey Fisher

DONATION: $50

4 years ago