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The Listening Wall Project

What helped me through it was…

  • My Good Beginnings volunteer.
  • The support of family and friends.
  • My family’s love.
  • Sleep.
  • Journaling, exercise, medication, family.
  • The support from my loves ones. Visits, food, tears, and feeling like I was being heard.
  • Having a “mom” friend to share with.
  • Time.
  • Having friends I could call.
  • Therapy.
  • Hearing the stories of other folks who have been there.
  • Medication.
  • Talking to others. No secrets. No shame.
  • Using nursing as a break.
  • Asking for help.

My biggest challenge was

  • Getting through the day knowing it will eventually get easier.
  • Not knowing what was happening to me- thinking it was my fault.
  • Divorce, surviving PPD.
  • My family was not getting along. I felt I was to blame.
  • Navigating my traumatic birth experience.

Here’s how I felt:

  • Angry. All the time. Especially at my husband.
  • Irritated, incapable, bad mom, bad person, failure… exhausted.
  • I felt anxious, onely, overwhelmed, guilty, unworthy of being a mom.
  • Terrified, lonely, lost, very sad.
  • Lost and alone. Broken.

I’m climbing because…

  • So more people will know about PPD.
  • Not everyone has the support I did.
  • No one should suffer alone.
  • I went through one of the most difficult times in my life as a new overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, parent, but survived.
  • Because I survived, but many do not.
  • Of two women- both great moms- who struggled with PPD.
  • Motherhood is as hard as it is beautiful!
  • For solidarity.
  • To support my friends.
  • I wish I had reached out. It is hard to reach out. I want to make that easier for others.
  • This happened to me after a miscarriage. I was confused and didn’t know why this was happening to me. I am thankful for your organizations support. I wish you had been there all those years ago.

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