Full circle10/02/2011 at 9:52 pm | Posted in About town, PPD | 7 Comments
Tags: postpartum depression, Postpartum Education and Support, strollerthon
When Lily was about 10 weeks old, I went to my first Moms Supporting Moms meeting. I could barely breathe I was so scared.
But then I met other moms going through postpartum depression, heard their stories, saw their tears and left that room feeling, for the first time since having a baby, NORMAL.
Validated. Not alone.
It was awesome.
I went to those meetings every Thursday night for about a year. Then, when I felt able, I began volunteering for Postpartum Education and Support. I wanted to give back.
Yesterday, my postpartum experience came full circle.
I’ve technically been recovered from postpartum depression for years, and I teetered briefly on the brink after delivering Sophie. But I’m well now. Really well.
And the StrollerThon brought it all home.
As I watched my father shake my doctor’s hand, met the babies of the women who have poured out their hearts in our meetings, and hugged all of those other survivor mamas, I felt exhilarated.
Marc, Lily and Sophie arrived shortly after the walk … boy was I happy to see these faces:
Here is my friend Natalia and her sweet Lila:
And, here is my niece kicking butt in the Tot Trot race:
It was a wonderful, humbling day.