Many of you know, but most of you don't, that I suffered severe Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, and OCD, after the birth of my first child. I won't go into the details here because they no longer matter, except for one: if I had not gotten help from a wonderful program, I would not be here today, period, end of story. Unless you've been in it, you likely truly don't fully understand it. I admit, I didn't either, until it happened to me. Because of how deep and dark my depression was, now that I am inthe other side, I have vowed to spend the rest of my life fighting for awareness of maternal mood disorders and fighting to erase the stigma, and advocate for more programs such as the one, of only FIVE in the country (shameful!), that I was fortunate enough to have available to me, as it absolutely saved my life. I would be so very grateful for any support you could provide as I walk on June 18th to "climb out of the darkness" to support fellow mothers and future mothers who will have a perinatal mood disorder (one in FIVE will! ). We must continue to support research and support programs that save lives. This is the most under diagnosed maternal mood disorder, yet, the most treatable. I know first-hand it is treatable, even from the lowest point, which is where I got. Please support us in any way possible (whether it be financial, or in person just to walk with us in solidarity), to help us and others like us and others to come, to climb out of the darkness.
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