Please join Rob, Robbie, and I this upcoming weekend at Postpartum Progress' "Climb Out of the Darkness" fundraiser at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. Most people are unaware that I suffered with postpartum anxiety and OCD after Robbie was born- Recognizing this truth and asking for help were two of the hardest things I've had to do in my life, but also two of the best. Looking at me, no one would have known... I was smiling. I was laughing. I was acting "normal". I was very lovingly and meticulously caring for my baby. But there was an overwhelmingly chaotic, very scary, relentless, non-stop whirlwind of irrational worry inside my mind and no one knew. Postpartumprogress.com helped me realize that what I was experiencing was not only treatable, but common. I had a chemical imbalance in my brain and it wasn't my fault... I also was not alone. I quickly opened up to my incredibly supportive husband and parents, reached out to my amazing midwife, and promptly received the help I needed and deserved. Today, 15 months later, I am beyond grateful to share that I began feeling like myself again soon after I sought help in those raw early postpartum weeks. There is nothing I love more than being Robbie's mom, and I'm truly proud of my motherhood journey. I feel stronger, more fulfilled, centered, mindful, and at peace than I ever have and I hope that sharing my private, personal story will help someone else navigate their own. Mental illness can affect ANYONE, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Events like "Climb Out of the Darkness" are monumental in paving the path to a healthier, brighter, more educated future. Walden Pond, here we come- we are excited and honored to support this very important cause.