Why I Climb

Your Mama Wears Climbing Boots #climbout

2300 climbers. 41 states. 5 countries.

Why do I participate in Climb Out of the Darkness?

Because twice I was in a place so dark and frightening that I didn’t think I would ever find my way back.

Because I went undiagnosed for so long the first time that I barely functioned on a basic level.

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We’re snapping a Huggies Snug N Dry #UltraHug selfie for Climb Out of the Darkness!

Selfie in the car #UltraHug #sp

Did you know that Huggies Snug N Dry is hosting an #UltraHug Contest? From now until June 25th, post a selfie of you and your kid(s) on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #UltraHug and share a local community organization or cause that you support. On July 6th, voting will narrow down contestants and the winner’s cause will receive a $2,000 grant from Huggies! What a cool way to make a difference in your community.

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Climb Out of the Darkness with Postpartum Progress: Why I Climb

Climb Out of the Darkness 2015 Team Green Bay

Have you heard the buzz about Postpartum ProgressClimb Out of the Darkness 2015 and wonder what it is all about? I am leading a climb in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is why I lead Team Green Bay. This is why I climb.

Each year, 1 in 7 women face maternal mental illness. That is a staggering statistic. In my personal experience, I’ve learned that once you face maternal mental illness once, you are likely to experience it again. I was diagnosed with postpartum depression nearly eight months after C was born. I fell through the cracks the first time. My OBGYN only asked me if I was “feeling depressed” at my 6-week appointment. There is so much more to depression than feeling depressed.

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4 Reasons I am Happier After Surviving Mental Illness

4 Reasons I am Happier After Surviving Mental Illness #LittleMamaJama

It was eight months after I had my first child before I realized that the “new” me was actually sick. I was diagnosed with postpartum depression (PPD). Antidepressants and talk therapy brought me back from the abyss. I later realized that I also suffered from postpartum anxiety (PPA) and postpartum OCD (PPOCD). When we decided we wanted a second child, I talked to a therapist and a psychiatrist about it. We had a plan. It’s a good thing we did, because at 34 weeks I was dealing with intrusive thoughts that were increasing in severity. I went back on antidepressants and this time I was able to function and enjoy my baby when she arrived.

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Our Climb Out of the Darkness: Team Green Bay #climbout

Climb Out of the Darkness Team Green Bay #climbout

Team Green Bay! That’s right – it was just our family of four this year (Hubster was taking the picture above) representing Team Green Bay for the Climb Out of the Darkness for Postpartum Progress. Was I disappointed about that? Yes, I admit to being a bit bummed out that no one wanted to join us. But I don’t want that to take away from the personal significance of this year’s climb.

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I’m Back! Climb Out of the Darkness with Postpartum Progress.

Something big happened yesterday. David Gray performed his song, “Back In The World,” on the Today Show. Mr. Gray has graciously allowed Postpartum Progress to use his beautiful, and perfectly appropriate song, as its official song for Climb Out of the Darkness 2014. Postpartum Progress released this official video yesterday. Every time I watch it, I’m moved to tears.

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