Oh my . . . (deep breath)
I don’t know where to being . . . I’m at a loss for words.
Katherine . . .
How can a woman I’ve never met (at the time) change my life? Perfectly shift, inspire and change my life? Katherine Stone, Founder and Warrior-Mom-In-Chief, of Postpartum Progress, is that woman.
I don’t know Katherine well, we have only met once; but prior to meeting her there was something about her spirit that made me feel as if I had known her . . . her spirit is magnetic, pure and genuine.
When Katherine spoke through tears before we Climbed Out here in Atlanta, I was shocked — not that she was crying…but that she was genuinely crying and touched by her experience even though it was over 10 years ago. She is real.
Postpartum Progress turns TEN on July 13th 2014.
To think that it all began with ONE blog post and ONE amazing woman, that could not sit idly; wishing hoping and dreaming for change. Postpartum Progress has done amazing things for women that suffer from perinatal mood disorders: raising awareness, providing support and squashing stigma.
She did that . . . she is doing that!
I just got chills. I can visualize Katherine reaching her hand into a deep trench engulfed by darkness, gripping the hand of a suffering mama telling her to hold on . . . you will be okay . . . I will help you . . .do not let go.
THIS – – is the work she does y’all!
Katherine, you have created a beautiful domino effect; an army of women propelled by love and passion who pay it forward. Because of this, I didn’t need to meet you personally to be changed by your work and dedication.
Your passion — your fight, blows my mind.
You inspire; you motivate; you save; you change — YOU are my mantra.
Knowing that you are out there fighting for moms like myself leaves me speechless. There is so much comfort in knowing that.
Your mission will continue to touch the lives of so many.
Happy 10th Anniversary to you and Postpartum Progress <3, Here’s to another 10!
If you’d like to help support Katherine’s efforts with a donation to Postpartum Progress you can do so very easily online. Postpartum Progress is a non-profit organization and your donation will be tax deductible. Your donation will go towards supporting an organization that supports ALL mamas EVERYWHERE.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms of postpartum mood disorders, please consider reaching out for help. Postpartum Support International has a toll-free support line you can call 1.800.944.4PPD and a map of local support resources for you.
Looking to talk to mamas like you? #PPDChat is a weekly Twitter chat where you can find discussions related to living your life postpartum.
Looking for hope? A reminder that you WILL get through this? Check out the Warrior Mom Photo Album and see these smiling faces. That will be you – soon.