Yes I’m Afraid

I am pretty open here on my blog.  It is my place to use my writing background and to hopefully help others.  I’ve been pretty honest about a lot of things, starting with postpartum depression and most recently bipolar disorder.  I put it out there, but that doesn’t mean I have no fear.

I am afraid of criticism.  I am afraid of disappointing people by not being perfect.  I am afraid of telling too much and hurting my family.

But I put it out there anyway.  Why?

To help others.

To let others know they are not alone.

To show it can happen to anyone.

To sort out fact from fiction.

To fight stigma and shame.

To be brave, even when I am scared.

Survive til you Thrive!

8 Responses to Yes I’m Afraid

  1. Having known you for a while, I have to say that I have been continually amazed by your openness in this forum. Not that you have ever been particularly shy, but you have been guarded. I believe there comes a point when you realize hiding your “secrets” doesn’t help. It is better to be honest with yourself and others that you are not perfect because, more than likely, they too are struggling and may be even more afraid to share. You have opened the door to many, have educated even more, and, in some ways, I believe that has made you stronger. When you portray false strength, that makes you weak to any criticism. I believe, if you start off by honestly showing your weakness, it makes you stronger.

    I so proud of how you have faced these last 2 years of struggle. You are in many ways an inspiration!

  2. I am proud of you. You have to do what’s in your heart, and more and more I know that advocating for mamas and babies is your calling. If somehow doing that closes some doors for you, it means they weren’t the right doors.

    This blog is what you need, and you are what we need. Much love.

  3. I know how scary and difficult it’s been for you to keep sharing here. But like Story said, I believe helping other women is what you were meant to do.
    I’m very proud of you for continuing to be so vocal and open in spite of your fear and how rocky it’s been lately.

    Please don’t stop sharing. You help me so much when your share what you’re feeling, thinking and struggling with.

    You’re a brave and courageous woman. Don’t ever forget that.

  4. How is Story so wise & insightful?! I swear, she always says the PERFECT thing. One of the many reasons to adore her! Just chiming in to say that I admire you for blogging so openly.

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