Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am so very thankful for my son who is growing and thriving and can always bring a smile to my face. I feel so lucky and so blessed.

I am thankful that I am feeling more and more like myself every day after my recent (perhaps ongoing) battle with postpartum depression.

I am thankful for my wonderful, supportive, generous, loving friends.

I am thankful that I found a local mom's group that has helped me more than they will ever know. In some ways, I think finding that group saved me from some dark days.

I am thankful that I'm learning how to let go and not hang on to every possession I have ever owned. Memories remain even if an object does not.

Finally, I'm thankful that this weekend is predicted to be sunny and warm. (Finally!!!)

Let Melanie's Battle Become Our Mission > HeidiM's Blog

Heidi Murkoff, author of the well known What to Expect series of pregnancy and parenting books, offers her support of the Mother's Act in her recent blog post:

"Melanie Stokes had everything to live for. A loving husband, a supportive family, a successful career - and the beautiful baby girl she'd always dreamed of. But Melanie didn't live. Instead, she leapt from the 12th floor of a Chicago hotel to her death -- a victim of an insidious, under-diagnosed, poorly understood, and utterly devastating disease suffered by at least 15% of new mothers: postpartum depression.

Tragically, Melanie lost her battle with PPD, which had progressed by the time she ended her life to postpartum psychosis. But her mother, Carol, turned Melanie's battle into her own crusade -- a crusade to break the silence and end the ignorance that has kept women with postpartum mood disorders suffering needlessly, sometimes harming themselves, sometimes harming their babies.

And that's where we come in."
Read the full story: Let Melanie's Battle Become Our Mission > HeidiM's Blog

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