Recently, I stood in a public space for four hours and advertised my experience with postpartum depression and anxiety. You would think that after years of blogging about how I suffered, I’d be used to speaking about PPD, but there’s something unique about face-to-face interactions.
My local b.good restaurant was kind enough to host a benefit night that my new friend and fundraising partner, Candice, cleverly named “Take a Bite Out of Stigma.” We felt so professional, with our glossy signs and our fancy raffle tickets, and I’m convinced we appeared professional as we greeted customers, shared b.good tattoos (fake, I promise!) with the kids, and spoke about PPD. But deep down? There was a part of me that wanted to shrink back from the arena, that wanted to hide behind the 15 latex balloons that announced our presence.
But then? Then my local bestie walked through the doors and I found myself squeeeeeeeing and running to hug her. An older gentleman stepped through the doors only to walk back out and stand at our poster, reading carefully through the information, returning later to hand me a twenty dollar bill with only a few words exchanged. I met moms who had a multitude of questions about PPD. I saw old friends and heard about how I was inspiring people. And I sat with Candice and we talked about our common hell over milkshakes and strawberry lemonade.
We walked out with over $250 for Postpartum Progress, a new partnership with a great local company, and a feeling of empowerment and sisterhood.
And now? Now we have a new video promoting our Climb Out of the Darkness and the faces of our warrior moms, with an up-and-coming musician.
Special thanks to David Gray for the use of his beautiful new song. It speaks right to the hearts of the Warrior Moms. We? Are BACK. I have watched this as least 2 dozen times and it still gives me goosebumps.
You can donate to Climb Out of the Darkness HERE. Those are the faces of your wives, your sisters, your daughters. You neighbors, your childrens’ teachers. Your mother. Honor their recovery by supporting the recovery of moms just like them.
All local donors can be entered to win our amazing local raffle, including a night tour of Wallace Observatory!
All non-local donors are entered to win a $20 gift certificate to my Etsy shop, Crocheted Happiness!