Welcome to Monday!!! I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend- especially my running family who is going full speed ahead with the Broad Street Run in Philly and Cox Half and Full Marathon! I’m so proud of you all!!!!
So, while my running legs are sidelined during pregnancy, my spirit is not! This week I am so thankful for the amazing community of women who surround me- and blessed that I can give back, too. During a fundraiser on Saturday, there was a gathering of women (and some men) I know from all different walks of motherhood- classes I’ve taken, group play dates, story times, and, most importantly, through Rhode Island New Moms Connection. Through RI New Moms I’ve been able to discuss pregnancy and new motherhood in all its glory- from date nights to late nights to never-ending nights and everything in between (yes, that includes the leaky boobs and mind numbing milestones that we all fret over). This support has been invaluable to me in the past 2 years. From the insight and open mindedness of the groups to the true friendship I’ve come to know, RI New Moms means more to me than words could express. I’m so glad that we got this together and hope we do it again next year to celebrate motherhood, support, community and love.
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In the dwarfism community, I am proud to announce the newest Lifetime Member of LPA:
With love and kindness in the beautiful memory of Dio Loren Hutto Coglianese, our beautiful girl was gifted this membership. All the love and support people have said they feel from me… I want them to know I feel it back. Each conversation I have, whether it is email, Facebook or phone- I love hearing from parents and helping us all navigate the waters together. The more we share our experiences- with each other, with our community, and publicly- the more everyone will know. Dwarfism isn’t ever going to be common, but it can certainly be less of a mystery and a more accepting and loving world for the future.
To those who have paved the way and those who have gone before… our family strives to educate and learn all we can through the LPA and our own journey.
Sweet Dio, we will love you always.
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Lastly, I want to share something a reader sent me information about… something I know many of my fellow mamas have battled with: Postpartum depression. There is an event called The Climb… read more about it below and please consider joining.
2nd Annual Climb Out of the Darkness Includes Rhode Island’s John Chafee Nature Preserve Climb on June 21, 2014- Climb Out Is the World’s Largest Event Raising Awareness of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
On June 21, women across the globe and right here in Rhode Island will be participating in the 2nd annual Climb Out of the Darkness to raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, OCD and psychosis. Postpartum depression, which affects 1 in every 7 women, is the most common complication of childbirth. On June 21st, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, PPD survivors all over the world are organizing to climb or hike a local mountain or park to symbolize their collective rise out of the darkness and stigma of maternal mental illness as well as to raise funds to support Postpartum Progress, a non-profit organization in the U.S. founded to help support moms around the world.
Climb Out of the Darkness is now the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illness. As of today, there are more than 100 different Climbs that will take place throughout the US, Canada, England, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand, including a local Climb at the John Chafee Nature Preserve (Rome Point) on June 21, 2014 at 4:00pm. Moms and others are all welcome to join the local Climb by registering HERE. Registration is free.
Postpartum Progress is a non-profit organization and online community of support resources for women experiencing postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Today, half a million women annually are accessing up-to-date information in plain language about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on the Postpartum Progress BLOG and, more importantly, are able to hear from other moms who have recovered. The funds raised from this event will allow Postpartum Progress to create new educational materials to be used by obstetricians, pediatricians and others, as well as new materials to help educate the media on the public health impact of postpartum depression and related illnesses on mothers and children.
For questions about Climb Out of the Darkness, visit HERE or email local Climb leader Courtenay Petracca at CXS918@Gmail.com.
Have a beautiful week, Reader! And please… if you have anything to share, please contact me and let me know! I want to support our community- no matter how far reaching.