Perinatal mood disorders can really be a bummer. Talk about Debbie Downer... I felt like I had gone into labor, emergency c section, and come out with a name change and a new mindset. Although that mindset was not who I was before I had gone into surgery.
It took quite some time for me to feel "normal" again. Thank God for Social Worker BFF's who knew postpartum symptoms and me well enough and a loving husband who supported me, and held my hand every step of the way through this difficult time. It's so funny to think that although helping people through some of their most difficult times and life transitions is my job, my career, my passion... I was at a point in my life where I could barely help myself. My how the tables had turned. But the reality, it was okay with me. I knew that I needed help, and I most certainly reached out. My physician was there, and walked through this time with me, and supported me when I needed it the most.
Our now, freshly new 4-year old, is comical, beautiful, loving, intelligent, silly, inquisitive, creative.... the list goes on and on! My thought today... Thank God for protecting me in a state in which many women turn down alternative paths. I am so truly blessed to have the love and support of my closest friends and family who have been and continue to be a support for me in this AWESOME/ROCKSTAR journey called MOTHERHOOD!
Don't steer clear of reaching out for help... That is what it is there for....
If you need help... Please reach out!
National Suicide Prevention Hotline and Website
- www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Call for yourself or someone you care about; free and confidential; network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide; available 24/7