Postpartum depression affects women who are rich, poor, supported, alone, educated, uneducated, urban, rural and at every point in between. It ravages the budding parent-child relationship, as well as marriages, friendships and careers. It drives women to isolation, guilt, and confusion when, more than ever, they need community, reassurance, and hope.
I suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of my son nearly six years ago, but with the support of my family, friends, and a few key professionals, I SURVIVED. Had it not been for them and the hope they offered, I might not be here today.
I created the "Stronger Than Ever" team to shed light on the reality of PPD, to draw those who suffer together with those who survive to climb out of the darkness together, and to raise much-needed funds for Postpartum Progress, an international charity that works for women who suffer from PPD. Women and families across the U.S. will take a hike or a walk on June 18, just like me, to show their support.
I hope you'll join me in hiking Cerro San Luis (aka Madonna Mountain) on June 18 at 9am or in donating toward this important cause. Note: IF YOU PLAN TO HIKE, please be sure to register! (Click the brown button that says "REGISTER.") It's free and ensures that your participation is counted toward Postpartum Progress's efforts.