Two years ago my hair began falling out. Not a little bit at a time; legitimately falling out to the point I had bald spots. Eventually, fed up with patchy hair, I allowed my friend to shave my head and purchased a wig. Fast forward to two days ago, my hair is falling out again. … Continue reading Chronic Illness Forced Me to Accept Myself More.
My tips for preventing lows and what to do if one has struck.
Even the mere idea of writing this makes my stomach clench in knots for fear that this will affirm my wrongful belief that "I'm a bad mommy." But here I am, taking a deep breath, readying myself to confess the battle I'm fighting. Most people have heard of PPD and awareness is rising but not … Continue reading I struggle with discussing my post partum depression.
So upon discovery I developed a chronic illness, I fell into a deep depression. I grieved my old life. I grieved my athletic abilities that kept my frame slender and toned. I missed my job. It was one of my hardest challenges to accept. I gained a lot of weight. Like...a lot. I'd guess about … Continue reading My skin care regimen boosted my confidence.
Having my beautiful daughter Alice was the best thing to have happened to me. When she stares up at me with her deep blue eyes, care free and untainted by the world, I melt like a marshmallow over a campfire. However, a hard realization struck me; depression does not discriminate. It does not care that … Continue reading What I’ve learned about depression as a new mom.
Women are told from the moment they can hold their first doll or barbie how wonderful being a mommy is. We hear all about pregnancy glow, the miracle of child birth, etc the second we escape the womb it seems. However, for some women, such as me, pregnancy is the opposite of a glowing time … Continue reading Hyperemesis Gravidarum made me loathe pregnancy.
Mothers already face a ton of hardship between raising their child in a way that best suits them while hearing from all angles what the "right" way to parent is. It seems everyone has an opinion on this subject, regardless of circumstances. While there is no right way, at least in my opinion as long … Continue reading Deciding between breastfeeding or taking my medications.
The last few months I have been incredibly ill due to hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness in pregnancy) and POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.) This has left me feeling drained beyond repair, beaten down by life, and utterly hopeless that the future could possibly shine bright again. With incessant vomiting, it felt as though I … Continue reading When it feels depression has robbed me of my passion.
Because it's vital, that's why.
Being ill doesn't equate being a burden.