Around this time last year, I felt like I needed something new. I was still recovering from Postpartum Depression and Anxiety. Still, I had made great strides in my recovery. I was able to talk about my feelings with less fear. I had found a great therapist who was teaching me new coping skills. I was on medication that helped me through the more difficult moments.
I noticed that part of my recovery came from sharing. When I learned that I wasn’t alone, I found comfort in hearing other women’s stories. I found peace in knowing that there were other forms of support out there. When I crossed a milestone, it was good to know that my success could serve as hope for others. I felt fulfillment in knowing that somehow, I could help others like me. Telling my story let others know that I understood them, and that they weren’t alone. Sharing my story helped those who had no experience with PPD / PPA gain more understanding.
In the beginning of last year, I wanted to increase my reach. I was going to go back to work soon, so I wouldn’t be able to speak in the morning support group. I wasn’t going to be able to post as much on the online forums since it was important to focus more on the newer moms coming in. What else could I do?
I wanted to write down everything – nothing was ever going to be as fresh as it was back then. The raw feelings and the honesty were things I didn’t want to compromise on. So, I started writing. I then decided that it was time to put these things in a permanent place. Perhaps someday, they could help someone else.
I had no idea how to blog, but I went through with it. I’m still learning, but it has proven to be a labor of love. I’ve learned quite a bit, and gotten so much from it. I know that what I’ve written has helped people. I’m also happy to have a forum for other mothers to tell their stories and share their talent. It’s been wonderful year!
I want to thank all of you for helping me achieve this goal. The blog is still in its infancy, but I could not get this far without support from readers like you
Since this is an important milestone, it’s a perfect opportunity for a first year anniversary! We have two amazing prizes up for grabs!
Prize A: An amazing LuLaRoe outfit consisting of one Irma and BLACK leggings! Courtesy of Liz Leary at http://www.shopwithlizard.com
Prize B: $50 eGiftcard to Amazon
The contest will run for one week. Winners will be contacted directly. Thank you again for a wonderful first year!