This past week, two of our Warrior Moms found themselves in crisis. I’m going to let them choose when and how to tell their own stories, but let me assure you they are both safe and on the path to recovery.
The news took me by surprise, as it did many other women in the PPD community. We’re all in different phases of PPD recovery. Some of us are just beginning the journey, while others have stayed around to mentor and support the newest moms. And because our mental illnesses are all individual, our reactions to the devastating news about our friends have been as well.
And that’s okay. Jaime and I found ourselves in need of some massive support on Tuesday evening. Phone calls and texts back and forth helped us both process our feelings of helplessness and fear. We needed to do something. Anything. And so we organized a flower fund. The PPDChat Facebook group contributed over $100 dollars and A’s roses should arrive on Tuesday. They look just like her, don’t they?
What I want you to know is, whatever your reaction to the news, you have to take care of yourself first. You know yourself best and what you can handle. So if you need to stay as far away from the crisis as possible, that’s alright. If you need to call a friend to cry and discuss your fears, do it. If you want to make a video or an inappropriate (and hilarious) card (I’m looking at you, @lilloveandluck), go for it.
The PPD community is a safe place where you don’t have to earn your spot. You already belong, just by being yourself and reaching out. We understand. Sometimes you’re the one who needs help and sometimes you’re the one who can help. Both are equally welcome. Truly.