Each of us knows how it feels. We understand the struggle of postpartum depression (or anxiety, OCD, mania or antenatal depression) and we want to offer our advice, comfort and inspiration to the many women who are in the midst of the fight with these very real illnesses.
Mother’s Day is often a very hard day for women who are struggling. Its quite common to feel as though you’re unworthy of a day to celebrate you when depression is lying to you. But truly you are a gift to your child(ren) and we hope that as we rally around you every hour on the hour this Sunday that you might find hope.
I am so in awe of the list of fabulous contributors for this year’s rally. I have followed so many of these women and their blogs for a long time, and many are also good friends (whether I know them online or in real life.) And the best part is that many of them have been and continue to be a part of my own healing via online peer support groups and mental health tweet chats. The true power of social media for good.
And so without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to this year’s list of contributing writers (including links to their blogs and twitter handles):
1) Lauren Hale, My Postpartum Voice & founder of #PPDChat, @unxpctdblessing
2) Yuz Rozenblum, Not Just About Wee, @notjustaboutwee
3) A’Driane Nieves, Butterfly Confessions, @addyeB
4) Cristi Comes, Motherhood Unadorned, @motherunadorned
5) Heather Spohr, The Spohrs are Multiplying, @mamaspohr
6) Christine Young, From Dates to Diapers, @youngmommy
7) Andrea Bates, Good Girl Gone Redneck, @goodgirlgonered
8) Elizabeth Isadora Gold, Elizabeth Isadora Gold, @elizisadora
9) Amiyrah Martin, 4 Hats and Frugal, @4hatsandfrugal
10) Lesley Neadel, Dear Bex, @lneadel
11) Julia Fierro, founder of The Sackett Street Writer’s Workshop, @juliafierro
12) Alexandra Rosas, Good Day Regular People, @gdrpempress
13) Jennifer Marshall, Bipolar Mom Life, @BipolarMomLife
14) Susan Petcher, Learned Happiness, @learndhappiness
15) Jenni Chiu, Mommy Nani Booboo, @mommynanibooboo
16) Ivy Shih Leung, Ivy’s PPD Blog, @ivyshihleung
17) Katie Sluiter, Sluiter Nation, @ksluiter
18) Angie Maddison, The Little Mumma, @thelittlemumma
19) Kimberly Morand, All Work and No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something, @momgosomething
20) Story, Sometimes it’s hard, @story3girl
21) Jen Gaskell, Tranquila Mama, @jenrenpody
22) Lindsay Maloan, With a Little Love & Luck, @lilloveandluck
23) Kristin Shaw, Two Cannoli, @austinkvs
24) Miranda Wicker, Finding Walden, @finding_walden
I am so looking forward to reading the words of these beautiful writers and I hope you will click over on Mother’s Day to read and share. It is such a gift to those who are struggling to know that we are not alone and that we can heal.