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[p]Hello everyone ![/p][p]On the 13th October, I will be running a half marathon to support a charity that is really close to my heart: Action on Postpartum Psychosis. [/p][p]For many women, the arrival of a baby is a real challenge but for some of them, like me, it can turn into the most traumatic and painful experience, leaving you feeling so ashamed, guilty, anxious and desperate that your mind makes you think that the only way out is to take your own life. [/p][p]I did not suffer from a psychosis myself but experienced what we call postpartum depression. I was not diagnosed when I had my first baby, if I had, I would not have had to go through a much more severe depression with the arrival of my second baby, my beautiful little girl. Thank God, I asked for help and was finally hospitalised for 3 long months. It was hard to be away from my family. I had to remind myself everyday that it was for the best that I was not with my little baby girl, that I was missing all these moments in her brand new life but yes, it was ! I fought really hard, I took medication, spoke to a psychiatrist on a daily basis and now look at me, a proud Mummy of two, running a half marathon ! Never felt so good before in my life: all this work was worth it![/p][p]We cannot avoid for the depression to occur unfortunately but it can absolutely be treated so I want the whole world to know more about this disease just like the postpartum psychosis. I want the future Mums to be told that it can happened so if it does, they will ask for help and not stay in their corner thinking they are the worst Mums for having these thoughts cause in my opinion, this is what makes new Mums’ life at stake. If they were told properly about it all, they would seek help. [/p][p]Please donate to this charity so women like me can be brought back to life and enjoy fully the wonderful gift of love and motherhood. [/p][p]Thank you all from the bottom of my heart,[/p][p]Julie[/p]