“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman
I never really thought anybody would want to read my story. I’m no superstar celebrity, nor have I overcome terrible odds to find success. I wasn’t born into tragedy or riches. I’m just a normal person. At first, I honestly did not think of my experience as a “story” that needed telling.
Still, I have always been a writer at heart. And so in 2010, without any expectation of the result, I created this blog and began filling it with words. This is the first post I wrote about my depression.
Even at that dark, lonely time, I wanted somehow to share what was happening. It began as a personal journal, but as my recovery progressed, it grew into something more. There was a community of women out there who appreciated what I had to say, just as I loved hearing their voices or reading their words. We began to share our stories with each other.
I can’t stand to see new moms suffering, and I hate seeing babies suffering because their mother just doesn’t know what to do. When that happens, I do have the power to help. I can offer up my experience, and I can offer perspective.
When I offered advice to my fellow mothers, it was always with the hope that their life would get a little easier as a result. But even with that underlying drive and passion for offering advice, I still never thought I had anything particularly special or important to say.
It wasn’t until people began asking for my opinions and experience that I thought, Hey, maybe I do have something of value to share.
All along, I have been guided by a desire to help and support women. I do not want generation after generation of mothers to go through what I went through, without any idea of how common and treatable PPD is. I want to drag this syndrome out of the shameful shadows where it has been hiding and bring it into the light for all to see. I want Postpartum Depression to be talked about as commonly as cancer and diabetes, and I want to see the shame and stigma surrounding it disappear.
That’s the passion that drives my purpose. This is what led me to create The HAPPY Mommy Method™, to put myself out there as a mentor. As somebody who has been through PPD and who has dedicated my life to becoming an expert and advocate, I am deeply inspired to help other women find hope, recovery and happiness!
Mentoring women through this process has been absolutely life-changing for me. I want to thank each and every person who has supported me, who has listened, who has made the choice to work with me, who has bought a book to read or share – thank you! for making all this possible. In return, I promise to do my very best, every day, to fulfill my purpose.
With Love and Mommy Hugs,