Climb out of the darkness – OTTAWA

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I am proud to be joining the amazing Katherine Stone from Postpartum Progress on her annual Climb out of the Darkness taking place GLOBALLY on the 21 June 2014.

Now for anyone that knows me, getting off my ass and actually committing to physical activity means this is serious shit!

I feel compelled to help break the stigma and bring awareness to moms who have suffered with or do suffer with PPD (Post Partum Depression).
I am urging and encouraging my international friends to get up and do a walk of their own and I am asking my local friends to walk with me.

I need this.
We need this.

And here’s why
•Because more women will suffer from postpartum depression and related illnesses in a year than the combined number of new cases for men and women of tuberculosis, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, lupus, and epilepsy.
•Because only 15% of the million women who get these illnesses in the US alone each year ever get treated.
•Because suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the first year postpartum.
•Because there’s very little funding to raise awareness, and most of the time we’re not even on the women’s health radar screen

REGISTER to walk with me or contribute to a really GREAT cause.

And if its the actual walk / climb that scares you – never fear.
Support us from your couch! You can still register as a couch climber!
couchclimberbxw

We all don’t have to be a celebrity to make a difference.
I am literally taking the first step to do it!
Lets be the difference together. Mom to Mom.

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5 thoughts on “Climb out of the darkness – OTTAWA

  1. kari says:

    Hello I would love to organize a climb in my area which is cincinnati, oh.

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  2. OTTAWA!!!! I’m Canadian…not from Ottawa though!! We visit Algonquin Park every year and my uncle is in Ottawa..anyway this just got weird and off topic.
    I am so glad that you’re doing this! I had to bow out last year because my kid broke his arm and gave me a heart attack. I’m proud that you’re advocating for such an important cause. So many women and their families do not need to suffer like this.
    PS. Were you screened during your prenatal appointments? Just curious because I wasn’t. Most of the PPD bloggers I write with are “Murican…

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    • Hi Lovely – Thank you so much for your support and words. I hope you will be joining a walk this year (or start your own) This is a HUGE deal for me and I am doing it for the future mamas. I was not screened, at my 6 week check up I told my OB/GYN I was not coping. So shitty to be robbed by PPD. Thanks again

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  3. quiltykanuck says:

    So proud of you! I’ll donate for sure (just give me a few days)… Wish I was closer, I’d just jump in with you. I was never a victim, but know many women that were (and still are).

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