Tomorrow we #CLIMBOUT!!! Here's the details!!!
June 23, 2017
Tomorrow we climb out! Do you have any questions? Please feel free to ask!! LOCATION & MEETING SPOT- We are meeting at Shank Park in Hershey See more
Hi! I'm Kate Gingrich and I'm a stay at home mom and a pmad survivor. I live in Middletown PA with my amazing husband Andy and our two kids (Finn almost 4/yo and Annie 2/yo). We are expecting our third wild child in September. Here's my story- I had my first child (Finn) with little issues. My pregnancy and postpartum period went fairly smooth. Aside from some minor anxiety and baby blues, becoming a mother was an enjoyable experience for me. Things changed drastically for me when I got pregnant with my second child (Annie). I was moody, irritable, incredibly lonely, sad, felt bouts of rage, hopelessness, confusion and I was extremely anxious all the time. Finn was only 1 year at the time and a very, very (very) busy toddler boy. I was having trouble coping with having a toddler and a new baby on the way. Annie was born when Finn was 20 months old and my overall mental health did not improve. In fact, it got worse. She cried alllllll day for months and months (and months). Nothing we would do would make her content, she just cried and cried. I couldn't take her anywhere since she would be too much to handle plus chasing a busy toddler at that point was too much for my anxiety. We spent most of our days at home just the three of us. The loneliness was unbearable at times. My emotions and moods got worse and I was terrified with thoughts that I would never make it out of the nightmare I was stuck in. I went to numerous doctors- my pediatrician, my OB and my general practitioner. I finally got some positive guidance and was able to see a therapist. She set me up with a psychiatrist (which took 3 months to get an appointment and was a 45 min drive away from my house) but I was finally getting help and that's all that counts. Finally I had connected with people that cared, that understood and wanted to help me. I was officially diagnosed with pregnancy depression/anxiety and Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/OCD when Annie was 9 months old. Yes, it took over 18 months from when I started to experience symptoms to get the help I needed and to begin the road to healing. Over the past year and a half, I have been treating my anxiety with medication at times, counseling, A LOT of time spent outdoors healing, hiking and time in nature with other parents. It's been a long and hard journey, but I have met so many amazing and incredibly strong moms who have also struggled. Life makes more sense when you know you're not alone. I want all moms to know they are not alone and they always have a community of support out there. "Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise." ~ Maya Angelou ❤️ *** CLIMB INFO*** The Hershey Team Climb Out of the Darkness will be at Shank Park on Saturday, June 24th, at 10am. Shank Park is located at 781 Bullfrog Valley Rd, Hummelstown, PA 17036. This event is for the WHOLE family and all supporters. We will meet at the large playground and after some quick introductions will begin our "climb" at 10:30am. We plan to walk for 45 min, then turn around. Plan is to get back to play area at noon and do a "bring your own picnic" together by the playground where we can all chat and enjoy one another's company. This path has two playgrounds, bathrooms and it's fully paved. Perfect for any type of stroller. Can't wait to #climbout with you!!! Help us shine the light of hope! ***