We are Motherhood: Stefani’s Story
Today, my friend Stefani is sharing her story over on her blog, Crafty Christian. I’m inspired by her zeal for Jesus and her example for others of perseverance in the face of adversity. She struggles every day with a chronic condition but you won’t hear her complain. She shares her story to give others hope and to raise awareness about the dangers of contracting Lyme disease. Please CLICK HERE to read her experience with postpartum anxiety and what happens when doctors ignore the cry for help.
Excerpt taken from The Crafty Christian:
“When I was pregnant with my first son 5 years ago, I had everything planned out perfectly. I was going to stay at home with him, finish my degree, and then homeschool him while making sure he was adequately socialized with regular play dates and field trips. My dream of becoming a mother was coming true, and I was going to cherish this time in my life! Of course, my OB/GYN told me about the baby blues, and how sometimes it can morph into postpartum depression, but I wasn’t worried. I had nothing to be sad about. And I was lucky there… the depression never affected me. My fight was with its ugly cousin, postpartum anxiety.“
About the author: Stefani is an author, health coach, devoted wife, stay at home boy mama, and fighter. She has been fighting anxiety for 5 years, along with autoimmune issues and Lyme disease. Stefani is the blogger behind www.craftychristian.com and author of Choose Healthy Live Happy, where she writes about gluten free foods, chronic illness, healing the body naturally, and holistic living. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her family.
Think you or someone you know may be struggling with postpartum depression, anxiety, or another mental health disorder? Please contact your health provider including your OBGYN or family doctor. Need more information? Visit Postpartum Support International for great information on maternal mental health and more. If you fear you or someone you love may be contemplating suicide or facing a mental health emergency, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline and get to your nearest emergency room. Please consider buying a PPD Awareness t-shirt, all proceeds go to help mothers in need. Have questions or need support please join the discussion on Facebook.