A touching love letter to moms with postpartum depression
If you or someone you know is suffering from postpartum depression, share this letter with them and let them know: "You. Are. Not. Alone."
Moms, you've probably come to learn that you're not alone. At any stage of motherhood, you'll always have family and friends who've got your back! Not only will you have those who are close to you, you'll also have help from fellow moms.
Maybe it's empathy that allows fellow moms to communicate and bond with their "mothers-in-arms", or maybe it's just the idea of motherly love. In any case, there's no need to feel liek you're in this all by your lonesome--ever.
Some mom out there knows exactly what you're going through and wants to help in any way they can.
Take Janelle Capra, for example. Recently this blogger, Broadcaster, Fundraiser, Mamapreneur Founder/CEO, and proud mother was taking the time to check out Periscope (a live video streaming app that let's people see through the eyes of others).
It was there that she stumbled upon a fellow mother who was broadcasting a show on the topic of beauty and cosmetics. However, this particular mom was suffering from postpartum depression and in the middle of her broadcast, began to break down and discuss her struggles.
"I connected with her instantly, but I didn’t know why. In the midst of her sharing beauty and business tips, she talked about her very personal struggles with postpartum depression," writes Capra, an experienced mother, in an article for The Huffington Post. "There it was: My past and present colliding together. I was brought back to a place where I too had been 14 years ago."
It was then that Capra was reminded that at every end of the globe, there's some mom out there going through something. Each and every mom out there may be on opposite ends of the spectrum, but they're never truly alone.
Using her platform and notoriety, Capra decided to write a heartfelt love letter to help illustrate the fact that no mom should feel alone. Take a look at her poignant letter, and feel free to share it with any moms who are suffering from postpartum depression. It may be just the thing they need to seek the help and care that they deserve.
Check out Capra's touching love letter (next page) to her fellow moms, and share the message that no mother is ever alone! Click next!
I see you.
Oh, mama, pretending to enjoy a meal out with your family in a restaurant with grown-up people. People who love you and your baby. People who love you, but can’t seem to see that you are not you right now. Oh, how you need someone, anyone to feel how you feel, even if it’s just for one minute so that they will understand that this is so much more than “baby blues.”
I feel you.
Oh, mama, rocking your baby to sleep at 3AM and looking out the bedroom window. You see dark houses, no lights on inside, everyone seems to be sleeping except you. You sit there and finally let the tears roll down your cheek that you’ve been holding in all day, because it’s just you and your baby and no one needs to know how broken you feel inside.
I am you.
I remember looking into the eyes of my child and wondering, “Why don’t I feel anything?” And thinking that already, on day one, I was failing as a mom. How could I not feel love for my own child? But I am also here to tell you that as those days turned into weeks and weeks into months, I found my way back to me and to a real love for my baby. For me, it happened one afternoon after doing laundry and singing to Elton John when “Your Song” came on. I started singing it to my baby, staring into her eyes and just in that moment, it happened. I felt love. It was real, it was unexpected and it was ours. And, you will find it too. I write this to tell you from my heart to yours that above all else...
You. Are. Not. Alone.
Please know that you are amazing! You are. You are so much stronger than you ever thought possible. You are beautiful, loving, giving and kind. And, most importantly, you will beat postpartum depression. You will. And, when you find your way back to your body and to your own love for you baby, just know that we are out here with you holding your hand, giving you virtual high-fives and big hugs. Yes, we are survivors, warriors even and we have won the battle against PPD. We unite to share our stories, to support new moms who enter these battle fields and to stand up together to stop the negative stigma of postpartum depression.
Together, we can change this conversation once and for all.
Together, we can help shine a light and support those suffering in silence.
Together, we can let love in and let love win.
[H/T] The Huffington Post
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