August 10, 2012

You Just Can't See It Yet.

Recently on Twitter I was talking with one of my good blogging buddies. She tweeted me asking what my major symptoms of post partum depression/ anxiety were. I tweeted her back and as I did so I was sad, really really sad. Because I know what kind of road might be laid out before her. I know down in the marrow of my bones how physically and emotionally crippling this disease can be. It is a battle I wish for no one to fight.

Then I remembered what one of my sorority sisters told me when I sent her a message asking for her advice, wisdom and support as a survivor: there is a light at the end of the tunnel, you just can't see it yet. I clung to that one simple sentence for months. She may never know it, but her words of affirmation made a difference.

If you are struggling through PPD, PPA or both right now my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry that you have to take this journey. I want you to remember something though. You are brave. You are strong. You are worthy. You are fierce. You are deserving. You will feel better one day, and most importantly, you are not alone. You keep company with some of the best and most passionate mothers I know.

There is an easier road ahead. There is a beautiful mountain at the top of this valley. There are calmer seas awaiting you. There is a brighter day before you. There is a light at the end of this tunnel. You just can't see them yet. You will one day though, and it'll be like sunlight breaking through storm clouds.

{A little over a year ago I never would have thought this was possible.}

If you think you are or might be experiencing the symptoms of Post Partum Depression, Post Partum Anxiety or both I encourage you to reach out for help.

And of course the entire Postpartum Progress Blog.

Kristin Brooks Hope Center Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS (1-800-773-6667)

**This post is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition; it is for adovcacy and support only. Please contact your doctor if you think you are suffering from PPD/A**
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