Why I’m Thankful for Postpartum Depression

I don’t even know where to begin. I’d love to compose a beautiful, eloquently written ‘piece’, to say how I’m feeling, but, that’s not me. SO here it goes.

In a crazy twisted way, postpartum depression has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. Don’t get me wrong, when I was in the thick of it, it was horrible. Unbearable.

I will not diminish the pain and suffering that Postpartum Depression (PPD) is, or the fact that it has taken so many lives (literally and figuratively). It IS a serious illness.

With that said, now that the majority of my days are good, I am able to see the beauty that came from the pain.

It reminds me of winter. It’s cold, dark and dead. But then spring approaches, the colors brighten, nature begins to sing and blossom.

Seeing the growth in myself: confidence, self-love, value, purpose, kindness, selflessness, and true empathy; that has come from being supported by a fierce community of women who have all shared in the pain, is mind-blowing.

Climb Out of the Darkness 2014. Rocked. My. World. Supporting such an awesome cause. A cause that is so close to my heart, has filled me up y’all! There’s no better feeling than being there for a mom that is where I once was.

I share my story, instead of running away and hiding in shame (which is very easy to do). Share your story, wherever you are in your journey, whatever it is, you never know who you may touch, encourage, inspire or save.

The dark of winter was worth it… It was necessary to produce the beauty of spring.

Song of Songs 2:11 Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.

Romans 5:3-5(NLT)

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

 

Fulfilled Living, Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
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